My Battlefield 3 on PC only seems to crash (BF3.exe isnt responding, etc) when I am flying in a Jet during combat. I have no idea why this is....

I currently have 6970 x 2 in Crossfire, stable OS: Windows 7 x64, 12GB RAM, i7 @ 3.8ghz with a 1200watt psu.

I have tried both the newest drivers for my video cards and the beta drivers: both do not fix this. My battlefield is up to date and so is my OS. I have tried reinstalling the game, to no avail. I am able to watch my temperatures of my CPU, GPU, etc on my left monitor while playing and everything seems okay.

It only crashes when I am flying a jet: Majority of the time on Kharg Island.

Any ideas / input?

EDIT: I read on some other forums that DICE isn't too friendly with pre Overclocked video cards. So I also tried down clocking ( QQ ) both of my cards and I still get random BF3 crashes. Only in the jet.

  • Does it crash everytime you're flying or only sometimes? Does it freeze up the PC up totally or does BF itself just crash to desktop?
    – Emerica.
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 21:10
  • Only sometimes: Completely random from what I have noticed. Only BF freezes, I have to alt+tab then Ctrl + Shift + Esc to quit BF ( only way to regain focus of desktop)
    – Zero
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 21:13
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    It would appear you are in good company - battlelog.battlefield.com/bf3/forum/threadview/…
    – Emerica.
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 21:28
  • Well I'm glad that I'm not alone, thank you for your backtracking. Still hoping for any suggestions until some patch is released. :/
    – Zero
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 21:31
  • Perhaps I will give a bounty if I don't receive much input.. but I don't think it would even matter if it is a common issue. But then again: That sparks the question: Why are some people experiencing this problem and others not?
    – Zero
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 22:01

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This is basically "how do I determine if my hardware is stable?"

Sounds like you've already tried

  • making sure your video drivers are 100% up to date

  • monitoring temperatures (though you should try the "open case with house fan blowing on it" to make absolutely sure)

But you have not tried

  • removing ALL overclocks: CPU and GPU. Make everything run at absolute stock speeds to reduce variables.

  • disable CrossFire in the drivers so you are only running on one video card, not two: does it still happen? (no need to physically remove the 2nd card, disabling CrossFire in the drivers should work)

The standard "is my system stable?" tests should be run:

  • run Prime95 overnight and see if your CPU is stable

  • run Memtest86 overnight and see if your memory is stable

  • run Furmark for an hour or so (be careful as this thing loads GPUs far beyond any realistic load)

Warning: Battlefield 3 is known to be extremely GPU intensive and may cause more heat than most games.

  • I have been running benchmarks and other tests since this post and I haven't seen any complications or indication(s) of fault(s). Thank you for your input, but I am not the only person with this issue as linked above from @Emerica
    – Zero
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 6:40
  • did you remove ALL overclocks? did you disable CrossFire? etc. Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 6:43
  • From all the testing I have done, it just seems to be a heat issue. I had to remove the side panel of my tower, and crank up my fan speed manually through the CCC. For some reason the CCC is off by 5 degrees and is not aggressive enough for automatic fan control. Thanks for your input and testing. I got these results from the one test I have never heard of: Furmark.
    – Zero
    Commented Feb 6, 2012 at 19:06

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