Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

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Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by jabbrwokk » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:03 am

But it was worth it.

Here's what happened.

I had just installed and started the game on launch day. I was having a great time killing snails and getting used to the combat system and enjoying the ambience when I noticed the gpu fan on my geforce 460gtx getting louder and louder like it hadn't done since I tried running The Witcher 2 without enough exhaust fans.

Suddenly there was a loud BANG from the tower beside me and I leaped out of my chair as the whole system went dead.

Diagnosis (and one new power supply later) showed the card was fried (not to mention the power supply).

I'm not upset. The power supply needed to be replaced and the 460gtx should be covered by warranty. But given how many people have reported GPU issues and overheating I thought I would share this.

For now I have replaced the card with my old geforce 9600gt which has been running the game with no problems or overheating whatsoever. Maybe it's only newer cards that are having problems?

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by Arctor » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:21 am

Actually, this is caused by a virus from 1987 that's still around. It can fry your computer.

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by jabbrwokk » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:30 am

Arctor wrote:Actually, this is caused by a virus from 1987 that's still around. It can fry your computer.
Ohhhh so I should NOT have clicked that 'Free Pr0n!!!!!11111' link. Gotcha ;)

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by Hamda » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:46 am

My GPU fan goes into overdrive after 1 minute in this game. NVidia GTX 580.

Not sure it's safe to play this game.

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by Hamda » Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:52 am

Let's be very clear here, you guys screwed up and this needs to be fixed.

It's a big deal. This game fries computers.

Any word from the developers about whether / when this will be fixed?

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by Breogan » Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:56 am

Just turn Vsync "on" !

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by Kirisute » Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:31 am

every game release you ever see these days has a number of threads stating that the new game has fried their pc!
some are genuine..
some are bollox..
some are just muppets who have never taken the side off their pc and cleaned a fan of dust a crap in their life!

now in my experience (nie on 18 years as an IT tech building and repairing these infernal machines) ive never once seen a video go BANG!
ive blown cpu's up; ive nuked floppy drives; ive set fire to usb cables and watched smoke billow out of a power supply...but never once has a video card gone BANG!
a power supply goes BANG!
and a power supply going BANG can and will wipe out a video card; that is under stress because it trying to draw too much power from the power supply to keep its fan going to keep it cool whilst pushing pixels at a decent framerate!

LOG didnt frag your pc...a cheap arse power supply that couldnt handle the pressure has fragged your pc!!

as an exemplar i used to run a GTX295 in my pc here in the office. i ran it happily on a 550 watt power supply for years! never an issue. then recently i started getting the occasional pc restart when booting a game up.
so checked everything..didnt find much...decided to swap the power supply out! GTX295's eat power like shreddies! reccomended psu for them was 750 watts....anyway i grabbed a 750 watt "gaming" supply off my stock shelf and slammed it in....everything worked fine until i stress tested the card with Furmark....
the temps started to ramp up..10 degrees...15 degrees...fan speed upped nicely...BANG!! power supply blew up!
thats simply power demand from GPU being too much for the PSU to handle....

a 460gtx is reccomended at least a 450 or 500 watt psu..personally with todays reliance on USB id not run one on anything less than a 550 watt with guaranteed 12v rails to power the card...that means a decent high end supply from a well known manufacturer like thermaltake or OCZ etc

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by haffax » Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:14 am

Hamda wrote:Let's be very clear here, you guys screwed up and this needs to be fixed.

It's a big deal. This game fries computers.
If something needs to be fixed, it is the GPU driver. A non-privileged program such as a game should never be able to harm a computer. Its the operating system's and graphic cards driver's responsibility to make sure the GPU and system as a whole is being operated within its specification.

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by Crash » Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:47 pm

Kirisute wrote:of a power supply...but never once has a video card gone BANG!
Hopefully this is not common, but it did happen to me (not in LoG). I was playing a game with two Palit NVidia GTS8800 1GB Sonic edition cards in SLI. First there was a loud pop, then the alarm from one of the cards, then a plume of smoke. Some cap or component exploded on one of the cards, and it was a mess of parts. I sent it back for replacement, but since they had no more available, my SLI configuration was no more so I had to replace both. I'm sure it had nothing to do with any specific game, an everything to do with a cleap component supplier. Grrrr!

Cheers!

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Re: Legend of Grimrock blew up my computer...

Post by THEaaron » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:27 pm

There is an easy explanation to this.

The game doesn't seem to be limited by the cpu at all. So the GPU is able to put all the inheriting power into frames. New games like Battlefield 3 produce a very high load on the CPU which presents a limiting factor for the GPU.

In this case, the game will generate like 150-200 frames all the way through the power of your gpu - which generates a heavy load on it. This is just like a real GPU benchmark - where there are no limiting factors like the CPU.

JUST LIKE IN CASE your graphics card will die because of the overheating, this problem is not a cause of LoG - it is in fact the problem of the DRIVER or bad fans or your computer is very dusty or.....

The driver is in charge of handling problems with high load or the temperature of your card. A game can't wreck hardware.

Maybe the vendor put very bad fans on the card or whatever.

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