Serious Sam 3: BFE

Serious Sam 3: BFE

pengpeng. 5. März 2013 um 13:00 Uhr
This game keeps crashing my entire PC :/
Hello everyone,

I'm experiencing a major problem with this game for a while now: It crashes my entire PC! And that without any warning or anything. Its like *zap* - the screen turns black and my PC reboots. It almost always happenes when I'm detonating a couple C4s for example. But not only then. There are several occasions when it happened. I bought this game a long time ago and played it a alot already. I'm almost sure that this problem first occured after i switched my graphics card to an NVIDIA 580 GTX. Before I was using a 260 GTX. I have already tried updating my BIOS and NVIDIA drivers. But without any success.

The 580GTX I'm using has 3GB DRR5 Ram and my OS is Windows 7 64bit SP1. If you want to know any other specs, please ask!

Any help on this will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance
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I'm not very knowedgable on these matters so I'm afraid I can't help a lot, but if it ran ok before than it's probably a compatibility problem with your new card? Or maybe you could try verifying Steam cache files?
PSU may be not powerful enough. What's your detailed PC specification including PSU make and model.
What about other games?
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pengpeng. 5. März 2013 um 13:51 Uhr 
OK this is interesting too. I just tried playing Serious Sam HD: The first encounter and it happened too... Games like Counter Strike: GO, Portal 2, Just Cause 2 or RAGE for example run without any problems though.

This is my PSU:

A be quiet! Pure Power L7 @ 530W

Is that the info you needed?

Thanks for the answers already!

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rad87gn 5. März 2013 um 14:18 Uhr 
Do you have a video card monitor running? Wondering if it happens on games that the GPU runs at or close to wide open (99%) and doesn't do it when the card doesn't have to work hard. What are the temps for GPU and CPU? SS 3 will make even a GTX 680 work hard.

Nvidia says 600W minimum with a GTX 580.
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AlenL  [Entwickler] 5. März 2013 um 22:31 Uhr 
Yes this sounds like underpowering. Blowing up a couple of C4s at the same time is very intensive both for CPU and GPU.
Though not that underpowering symptoms can also be caused by contact resistance in loose connectors. We have a couple of notes about things like this in the FAQ.
yerson197 6. März 2013 um 5:53 Uhr 
alguien me puede decir como jugar serious sam 3 lan
Processor 6. März 2013 um 6:32 Uhr 
My guess is because your PSU isn't powerful enough for the new card.
Borrow PSU from a friend, connect (only) your GTX 580 to it and check. Your PC should be able to hande this:
pengpeng. 6. März 2013 um 12:02 Uhr 
Thanks for all the replies! I wasnt aware of the fact, that my graphics card needs 600W minimum... Exchanging the PSU will hopefully solve this problems once and for all.
rad87gn 6. März 2013 um 23:24 Uhr 
Keep us posted!
pengpeng. 8. März 2013 um 8:06 Uhr 
OK, i have just put in a new PSU (be quiet! Pure Power L7 @ 630W) and tested SS3 with it for about an hour. I blew up about 20 C4s at once among some other CPU/GPU intense things. My PC did not crash a single time during that hour, so I think its safe to say, that the problem is solved! Thanks again everyone!
AlenL  [Entwickler] 10. März 2013 um 6:15 Uhr 
Good to hear it is resolved. Thanks for the feedback!
frisky13 18. Juli 2013 um 22:15 Uhr 
I'm running a GTX 570 video card with a 650watt PSU and this game is also causing my computer to go into an instant reboot also...hence why I'm reading this thead right meow.

Everything is up to date, GPU temps are steady at around 75C.
Twice now its done this, both 2.5 hours of playing each time.
frisky13@: What exactly hardware do you have?
AlenL  [Entwickler] 18. Juli 2013 um 22:59 Uhr 

As I mentioned before...
Though note that underpowering symptoms can also be caused by contact resistance in loose connectors. We have a couple of notes about things like this in the FAQ.

Also, just because a PSU is declared 650watt, it doesn't mean it can pull it. It's hard to tell.

What's certain is that a clean instant reboot is most probably not a software error, but a hardware glitch. Software (e.g. driver error) would usually go at least into blue screen, if not just a crash.
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