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03-31-2004, 06:30 PM
What kind of computer is ideal for 3d multimedia
My specs are
P4 3.0 G
2G ddr Ram
2x120 G hdd
128 bit 3d vid card, tv tuner card
2x dvdrw (4x & 8x) optical drives
19" Flat Monitor
Both my xbox and ps2 are connected to my pc.
High Speed internet
Still sometimes my comp freezes while rendering scenes in 3dmax.
what are your specs and problems you run into and methods to fix them.
03-31-2004, 06:36 PM
If your comp freezes more than once in a great while with those specs you either have very out of date drivers, or you have a multitude of unnecessary geometry. I suspect, you being new to 3D (as your post in General Discussions suggests) that you simply are using far too much geometry and are crashing because of it. How many polygons in these scenes that are crashing your computer?
03-31-2004, 06:41 PM
well they are close to 500,000 polygons in one scene.
It works fine if I render like 50 frames at a time
03-31-2004, 06:56 PM
P4 - 3,04 GhZ 800FSB HT
1GB Samsung RAM
NEC DVDRW -/+
Lacie DVDRW -/+ external
80GB, 120GB SATA
Radeon 9800 XT 256 MB DDRAM, with TVOut, Digital Output.
Hauppage TV Card
All packed in a Shuttle X
Oh, and a 19" TFT...
No problems whatsoever.
might be why 500'000 is a lot but then youve got 2gb of ram,
if you mean rendering to tif/targa then it could also be dependent on the resoloution of your renders and if your still browsing around while you pcs rendering i know this can cause issues
03-31-2004, 07:01 PM
when my pc is rendering, I am surfing net and also watching tv on my pc or playing xbox/ps2 through my pc.
well right now render format is into flash.
03-31-2004, 09:03 PM
Freezing/lockups is usually caused by bad memory.
Since you have a large amount of ram, this possibility is increased greatly. (I'm assuming you have 4x512 dimms).
Download and run memtest86 at...
There are both floppy and ISO (cdrom) variants of memtest. Choose which ever fits your need.
Run 2-3 passes. A single error indicates a possible ram misconfiguration. Multiple errors indicate bad/fault ram, or improper ram settings/fsb.
You can figure out what dimm is bad by looking at the ram sizes that memtest sees the error at. Then test those dimms individuals until you find the one causing the problem.
Other common sources of crashes/lockups are overheating machines, and/or power supply and drivers.
Try the ram first, then we'll move onto the next set of troubleshooting options.
Remember to NEVER assume your ram is good. It doesn't matter if its brand new, name brand, or your friends father's, brothers, cousin says their perfectly fine.
TEST YOUR RAM.
04-01-2004, 12:30 AM
Originally posted by Šīŋ
128 bit 3d vid card, tv tuner card
I'm assuming you mean 128MB?
And what brand of video card is it? I hope it's not a Radeon. Pro 3D apps and ATi gaming cards still don't mix too well.
Originally posted by the_prodigy
Radeon 9800 XT 256 MB DDRAM
04-01-2004, 01:50 AM
648mb 133 ram
gf 4 ti 4200 64mb
no problems, just lots of lag!
04-03-2004, 12:36 AM
first of all test your ram as GregHess said.
Then how about try to render to an AVI instead of flash, and dont do anything else while rendering. Just to test things out. See how it goes.
04-03-2004, 03:23 AM
Tyan Tiger K8W
2x Opteron 244
2x 512mb PC3200 ECC Reg DDR (Samsung)
1x 36gb 10k RPM 8mb Cache WD Raptor
1x 120gb ATA133 8mb Maxtor
1x 75gb IBM 7200rpm 75GXP (no problems)
1x Removable 160gb 8mb Cache Maxtor
Kenwood 62x TrueX
Quadro FX 2000 128mb
2x 19" monitors (1600x1200x32@75Hz each)
Hmm... that should be about it...
No hangs or locks or anything that I can think of.
As for your problem... Memtest would be the first thing I check (that has already been mentioned).
Maybe... when was the last time you've formatted and reinstalled? :)
Originally posted by DaForce
Then how about try to render to an AVI
Do not under any circumstances take this advice!!!
Always render to an image format. Say you have a 400 frame shot, that takes 7 min to render a frame...
the render fails on frame 398.
46+ hrs wasted...
if you render to .tga, .tiff or other decent format, 7 min lost.
But you shouldn't do other things on your rendering machine.
04-03-2004, 05:49 AM
dual 533mhz pent 3
geforce ti 4200 128mb
never had a problem, haven't had a bsod or lock up in... a very long time. i keep my computer clean, no additional programs running, virus scan/ad-aware/defrag weekly. when inside max, i turn off my IM and run winamp on the other computer. i always research newest video drivers before installing and go through EVERY setting to get best performance.
side note : go look at the atari forums, tons of people complaining ut2004 wont run on their pent4 w/ 2gig ram and their $$ video cards. these people overclock everything down to their mouse and have several programs running in the bg [bittorrent, icq, aol, weather bug]. i play ut2004 w/ no problems.
keep your computers clean people.
04-03-2004, 08:12 AM
JDex: I wasnt meaning to always render to AVI , i was basically meaning just for him to try rendering to a different format other than flash. As there may be something wrong with the flash plugin.
I realise that rendering to AVI is a definite NO NO...for the reasons that you mention.
What i said was purely for testing purposes only.
Sorry if i wasnt clear enough
01-17-2006, 10:00 PM
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