Need help - Mac Pro Crashing

dannyhansen

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 20, 2011
17
0
Nor. California
Hi, I have 2008 Mac Pro 2.8 Quad-Core Xeon w/ 6GB of memory and I have been experiencing crashes while playing Diablo 3.

Heres what happens: I'll be in the middle of a dungeon run and my screen turns black and whatever sound that was playing when the screen goes black starts to skip, kind of like a scratched record. I have to do a hard reset on my machine each time. Sometimes this never occurs and other times it happens every 5 minutes of me trying to play the game.

This is my video card:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285:

Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
Slot: Slot-1
PCIe Lane Width: x16
VRAM (Total): 1024 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x05e3
Revision ID: 0x00a1
ROM Revision: 3434

Does anyone have any idea what's causing this? Or any ideas on how to mitigate the issue? Like I said, sometimes the game can be running for an hour other times 5 minutes.... Starting to drive me nuts.
 

ratfink

macrumors member
Feb 11, 2012
49
0
It could be almost anything. I wouldn't assume it was the video card. Have you run hardware diagnostics? I was having a similar issue that turned out to be some dust bunnies on a memory riser. I only figured it out because after a crash the system would sometimes boot up with only half of the installed RAM recognized.
 

dannyhansen

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 20, 2011
17
0
Nor. California
It could be almost anything. I wouldn't assume it was the video card. Have you run hardware diagnostics? I was having a similar issue that turned out to be some dust bunnies on a memory riser. I only figured it out because after a crash the system would sometimes boot up with only half of the installed RAM recognized.

Where do I find the hardware diagnostics tool?
 

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