MajorGeeks Support Forums

Go Back   MajorGeeks Support Forums > ----------= PC, Desktop and Laptop Support =---------- > Software
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Casino Mark Forums Read

Software Software such as operating systems like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 etc., or specific programs.


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-10-07, 15:40
rushs_99 rushs_99 is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

Hello,

I am having a weird problem that is driving me insane. My computer just shuts itself off in the middle of playing a game. It happens when I play Oblivion and when my son plays Command and Conquer. There is no warning....the computer just shuts off. It can happen after 2 minutes of gaming or an hour. Time does not seem to matter. The other weird thing is that it never happens doing other mundane tasks like word processing or surfing the Internet. It only shuts down while playing games. I am running the latest video card driver and my copy of Windows XP has all the latest updates. I also do not have any virus/malware. I do not think it is software related and would rather not have to reload XP. Please help!
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 09-10-07, 18:29
viper_boy403's Avatar
viper_boy403 viper_boy403 is offline
Major Geek
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: McKinleyville, CA
Posts: 2,374
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

what are the complete specs of the computer? including processor, RAM, video card, power supply, number of hard drives etc... It sounds like it could be either a heat related issue or an underpowered power supply. When was the last time you checked the dust inside you're computer? it has a habit of building up while not causing problems up until the point where lots of things start to go wrong.

welcome to MGs :D
__________________
What the F?!?!?
  #3  
Old 09-11-07, 08:17
rushs_99 rushs_99 is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

My computer Specs are:

ASUS MB
P4 3.0 GHZ Processor
ATI X1650 256MB Video Card (AGP)
1 Gig RAM
2 X HDD
2X DVD
On board audio card
300 Watt Power Supply

My case is pretty clean, and the computer does not have a heat issue. Could it be the power supply?

Thanks.
  #4  
Old 09-11-07, 09:55
Fannon Fannon is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

Sounds like a heat issue. Maybe your CPU fan isn't working properly.

I recently had the fan on my vid card burn out, but it would shut down when loading the windows desktop.
  #5  
Old 09-12-07, 18:09
renegadeone8's Avatar
renegadeone8 renegadeone8 is offline
Private First Class
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 74
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

Definitely could be a heat issue, but I would say power supply is highly likely as well. 300 watts isn't very much these days. your hardware isn't horribly power hungry (as far as I know that video card shouldnt even have an external power connector.) However most power supplies run slightly (or cheap ones a much greater amount) below their rated spec. This could be your issue but check the fans first
__________________
i5-750 OC to 3.6GHz w/ EVGA P55 Micro SLI
MSI GTX560Ti-448 Twin Frozr III
Sponsored links
  #6  
Old 09-12-07, 20:31
prometheos's Avatar
prometheos prometheos is offline
Master Sergeant
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Port Hope, ON, Canada
Posts: 598
Thanks: 1
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

Power supplies degrade over time and with 2 DVD drives you may hit the limit as heat builds up in the box. As a test, start Compter Management=> Device Manager=> then navigate to one of the DVD drives and using right-click context menu: select disable for one of the drives. Use the other drive to play your game with. If you still have a problem, you could enable this drive and disable the other one. However, chances are good that with one drive shut down, that you'll be able to squeek by with an aging power supply.
  #7  
Old 09-15-07, 11:19
rushs_99 rushs_99 is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

Thank you for the help. I have upgraded to a 500 watt power supply with plenty of amps available on the 12V rail. So far so good. Computer has not shut off yet.
  #8  
Old 09-15-07, 15:01
prometheos's Avatar
prometheos prometheos is offline
Master Sergeant
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Port Hope, ON, Canada
Posts: 598
Thanks: 1
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

Quote:
Originally Posted by rushs_99 View Post
Thank you for the help. I have upgraded to a 500 watt power supply with plenty of amps available on the 12V rail. So far so good. Computer has not shut off yet.
Thanks for the feedback, rushs_99. It's always nice to hear about a happy ending.
  #9  
Old 11-04-07, 20:14
Dominicneedshelp Dominicneedshelp is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

I am having the same problem as the person who started this thread.
Heat is not an issue. My temps are barely over 100F' and I have tried using Ice, a large industrial fan to blast cold air on all my components everything.
Reading this thread it was conlcuded that it was the PSU
I have a 660W Enermax noisetaker 2 which is only a few months old so I am positive that the PSU isn't the problem.
I am really just looking for any other advice on this problem and why my computer just shuts down during games.

My specs are
2.8ghz P4 northwood
7800GS
300gb sata
300gb IDE
no disk drives
no lights

thanks
  #10  
Old 11-09-07, 15:18
dracdoc dracdoc is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

I can help.

I was having the EXACT same problem. I still have the problem occasionally because im to lazy to apply a real permenant fix (im going to buy a new machine.)

Its still very well that it could be heat. NOT your cpu though, but your VIDEO CARD. Be sure to get diagnostic software to check the heat that monitors the card.

What I found out for mine was that it was only when playing games that relied heavily on the video card that it shut down when it got too hot. In particular it happened whenever I played WoW but not Warcraft III. There is a setting in windows that will allow you to see the error message it displays before your computer shut down. So that might be your first place to start.

In anycase, I bought one of those cards that goes into a PCI slot and fans your video card directly and it stopped for the most part. Only when im not running the fan on full blast will the video card itself overheat.

check your video cards heat.
Sponsored links
  #11  
Old 11-25-07, 23:59
Bold Eagle's Avatar
Bold Eagle Bold Eagle is offline
Major Geek
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,551
Thanks: 18
Thanked 193 Times in 186 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

Goodness always a very good start is to DL, install and run EVEREST:

http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=4181

Basically will give you tons of info about your PC and allow you to monitor during the running of the PC. A lot can be assessed from there and should be a starting point.
__________________
PC1: 805D, P5WDH, CNPS9500, OCZ GameXtreme 700W, Ballistix 4-4-4-12 PC2-6400 2x1GB, 2xWD250Gb (16Mb) SATAII RAID0, Crucial Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB
PC2: P4E 3.0Ghz (Prescott), XP Home SP2, SIS 661FX/GX, ATI Radeon 9250 256Mb, 2X512Mb PC3200 DDR SDRAM, 80Gb HDD, LG 16XDL DVD-RW
PC3: Cardboard Box, peanut dispenser, highly conc caffine intravenous drip, little monkey w "electro El Shocko rectal probe", 3dMark05=18768
  #12  
Old 11-30-07, 01:39
aliceaod aliceaod is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

I had this happen to me with Battlefield 2. I had my computer case too close to the wall and I think it wasn't getting enough air flow to allow the fans to do their thing and was overheating. Once I moved it to the other side of my desk where the vent holes for the case weren't next to anything, it worked just fine.
__________________
Never interrupt your enemy when he's making a mistake.
  #13  
Old 12-18-07, 11:26
dracdoc dracdoc is offline
Private E-2
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Computer inexplicably shuts off while playing games

an update on my problem.

So the other day I found out I was STILL have the same problems and my machine ended up rebooting on me about 4 different times saying the video card has overheated.

After checking my video cards monitoring tools, I saw it was running at an idle of about 90 degrees, which is pretty hot. When I would try and run anything but normal windows, it would heat up to about 110 degrees and then the system would shut itself down.

I first took a look at my power supply since it was a 300w supply, and my card needed 350 (or so it said). So I changed that, and it worked for about a day, then it had the same problems. I then checked the settings for Overdrive to see if my card was defaulted to Overclock, I found out it was running at the slowest possible settings. I scoured the internet for possible solutions on the Radeon X850 (my card). When I stopped and Thought about it, I realized that my card had worked like a charm when I first got it, and I was able to jack up all the settings on every game I played to the extreme. The problem only started happening about 1 year and a half after I bought the card.

One thing caught my eye though, and that was a suggestion that either I had a defective card, or physically something was wrong with the card. So I popped open my case to look at my video card. At first glance nothing seemed wrong with it. I unplugged the card and removed it from the system thinking maybe I could unscrew the fan and see if any dust was clogged in it. Thats when I looked at the very end of the fan where air was supposed to be coming out. I saw that a very thin lair of dust had collected and clogged the entire ventilation for the fan on the video card. I only saw it when I turned the video card on its side. After I removed it, I popped it back in the case, started up and ran temperature monitor

VOILA My Video card was running at an idle temperature of a cool 40 degrees. When I would play games, the max it would go up to now was 60. Problem solved.

In some, physically check the card also.
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Computer crashing issues when playing games. SmallGeek Hardware 8 08-29-10 09:27
After playing any game like,mohaa,everquest,game shuts down and computer goes desktop mcduke Hardware 1 05-08-06 21:30
Playing Win 95/98 games in 2K? Tyrone Shoelaces Software 3 03-27-06 23:58
Is it possible to make a living playing Computer Games? MellowMan The Lounge 4 11-12-05 08:37
Computer freezing every few minutes. Interesting finding when playing games.... elmalloc Malware Removal 8 10-04-04 05:56


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:31.


MajorGeeks.Com Home Page
| Admin Tools | All In One | Anti-Spyware | Anti-Virus | Appearance | Backup | Benchmarking | BIOS | Browsers | Covert Ops |
Data Recovery | Diagnostics | Drive Cleaners | Drive Utilities | Drivers | Driver Tools Ergonomics | Firewalls | Games | Game Tweaks | Graphics | Input Devices | Internet Tools | Macintosh | Mail Utilities | Memory | Messaging | Monitoring | Microsoft | Multimedia | Networking | Office Tools | Process Management | Processor | Registry | Security | System Info | Toys | Video | Miscellaneous
|
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright © 2009 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
Ad Management by RedTyger