Need help - Mac Pro Crashing

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dannyhansen, May 23, 2012.

  1. dannyhansen macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  2. ratfink macrumors member

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    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.
     
  3. dannyhansen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where do I find the hardware diagnostics tool?
     
  4. ratfink macrumors member

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