RevanFan wrote:ultimatum77 wrote:mpantani wrote:It seems like a processor problem, i finally managed to play a couple of games without a single crash. Here what i did:
1- Launch Madden 08
3- Open task manager
4- In processes right click on mainapp.exe
5- Set affinity
6- Uncheck everything except UC 0
7- Return to the game
If you are tech savvy you might also want to clean out the fan/ventilation ports on your laptop/desktops. Sometimes dust can clog the fans and overheat the CPU causing madden to crash. I had this problem with a 10 year old laptop back several years ago and once I cleaned it and put some new cooling compound on the processor/gpu. Madden ran fast and never crashed again. Just something else to consider..
You re-pasted your GPU? Doing it to the CPU is easy, but I've never even thought about doing it to the GPU. Don't want to mess with a part that is so expensive.
But yeah, cleaning out dust and applying some fresh compound can be a good fix to issues that may be caused by overheating. Especially if the compound is a few years old. But if you want to be sure it's a heat issue before you unscrew your CPU cooler, you could always run a program that monitors CPU heat while you're playing Madden, and see if it heats up a lot at any point. Generally, with any modern Intel CPU, you're fine as long as you're under 95 C, but 80 C and lower is the safest zone to be in. For AMD, I'm not certain what their max temp is before throttling sets in, but a quick search should give the answer.
Oh yea for the older laptops which had the copper heat shield attached to the CPU and GPU I repasted them at least once every year. New paste does wonders in terms of heat dissipation and extending the life of your hardware. It's the reason all of my laptops last 7-10 years. I don't know about desktop GPU's as I haven't had a desktop in years but I would always repaste the CPU/fan on my desktops back in the day every 2 years or so. I imagine that if you lookup for your specific model GPU/Graphics card on youtube and are careful enough it could be done.
A great freeware program I recommend is CPU-Z. It identifies your processor and GPU models with specific generations/serial number etc. Also, it has a great temperature monitor feature for your hardware especially your processor which can tell you if you need to clean/repaste hardware. Also, it tells you so much information about your boards/memory etc. It's a really great piece of software.