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Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #1
bornfree
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Help! PC shuts down during games

After about 15 minutes of game playing, my PC turns off. Even with the
case wide open and all fans on.

I have replaced the thermal paste on my GPA cooler. I have run stress
tests on my CPU, it seems to be doing fine. (55c under load) What else
could it possibly be?

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Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #2
Augustus
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games


"bornfree" <justyouandme@xemaps.com> wrote in message
news:94ae7419-ddb5-4d91-9645-7183f58f2cdd@e4g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
> After about 15 minutes of game playing, my PC turns off. Even with the
> case wide open and all fans on.
>
> I have replaced the thermal paste on my GPA cooler. I have run stress
> tests on my CPU, it seems to be doing fine. (55c under load) What else
> could it possibly be?


What system? What game? Which video card? What drivers? What m/b, processor,
video card, memory, psu, OS? Overclocked? Shuts off? As in it closes the
game and goes to the "Windows is shutting down" screen, or just reboots
during gameplay. Or just straight out powers down with no warning, and does
not reboot?

Zero details posted means zero relevant advice.


 
Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #3
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

On 19 Nov, 23:44, "Augustus" <no_...@nowhere.net> wrote:
> "bornfree" <justyouan...@xemaps.com> wrote in message
>
> news:94ae7419-ddb5-4d91-9645-7183f58f2cdd@e4g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
>
> > After about 15 minutes of game playing, my PC turns off. Even with the
> > case wide open and all fans on.

>
> > I have replaced the thermal paste on my GPA cooler. I have run stress
> > tests on my CPU, it seems to be doing fine. (55c under load) What else
> > could it possibly be?

>
> What system? What game? Which video card? What drivers? What m/b, processor,
> video card, memory, psu, OS? Overclocked? Shuts off? As in it closes the
> game and goes to the "Windows is shutting down" screen, or just reboots
> during gameplay. Or just straight out powers down with no warning, and does
> not reboot?
>
> Zero details posted means zero relevant advice.


My system
1.86GHz Core 2 Duo (ninja fanless) / 2GB ram / Geforce 7950GT 512MB
(Zalman Copper) / Hiper 530W / 12cm fan x2 / Asus mobo

Nothing overclocked. All drivers up to date. PC just dies and
restarts. No warning, nothing.
All temps are within operating range when the PC goes dead. (Graphics
card at 53c last time the PC went dead. 38c when idle)

Ran Prime95 for 1 hour 40 mins, no errors.
CPU burn in for 1 hour, no errors.

CPU 43c when idle. 55c under load.
 
Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #4
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

On 20 Nov, 03:28, bornfree <justyouan...@xemaps.com> wrote:
> On 19 Nov, 23:44, "Augustus" <no_...@nowhere.net> wrote:
>
>
>
> > "bornfree" <justyouan...@xemaps.com> wrote in message

>
> >news:94ae7419-ddb5-4d91-9645-7183f58f2cdd@e4g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...

>
> > > After about 15 minutes of game playing, my PC turns off. Even with the
> > > case wide open and all fans on.

>
> > > I have replaced the thermal paste on my GPA cooler. I have run stress
> > > tests on my CPU, it seems to be doing fine. (55c under load) What else
> > > could it possibly be?

>
> > What system? What game? Which video card? What drivers? What m/b, processor,
> > video card, memory, psu, OS? Overclocked? Shuts off? As in it closes the
> > game and goes to the "Windows is shutting down" screen, or just reboots
> > during gameplay. Or just straight out powers down with no warning, and does
> > not reboot?

>
> > Zero details posted means zero relevant advice.

>
> My system
> 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo (ninja fanless) / 2GB ram / Geforce 7950GT 512MB
> (Zalman Copper) / Hiper 530W / 12cm fan x2 / Asus mobo
>
> Nothing overclocked. All drivers up to date. PC just dies and
> restarts. No warning, nothing.
> All temps are within operating range when the PC goes dead. (Graphics
> card at 53c last time the PC went dead. 38c when idle)
>
> Ran Prime95 for 1 hour 40 mins, no errors.
> CPU burn in for 1 hour, no errors.
>
> CPU 43c when idle. 55c under load.


It powered off after 20 minutes or so of Call of Duty 4. About the
same length of time for my old (1998) RTS game.
 
Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #5
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

Since you can run Prime95 without problem and crashes in 3D games, it is
most likely the video card. Run ATI Tool and lower the GPU clock speed to
see if fixes to trouble shoot. Swap with diferent card or put in different
computer to test. See if you can still RMA the video card if bad. The new
ATI HD 3870 DirectX 10.1 cards just came out and are reasonably priced as it
may be time to consider new card.


 
Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #6
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

> ..... Run ATI Tool and lower the GPU clock speed ...
Oops not ATI card.


 
Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #7
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

On 20 Nov, 05:06, "Kent_Diego" <N...@no.way> wrote:
> Since you can run Prime95 without problem and crashes in 3D games, it is
> most likely the video card. Run ATI Tool and lower the GPU clock speed to
> see if fixes to trouble shoot. Swap with diferent card or put in different
> computer to test. See if you can still RMA the video card if bad. The new
> ATI HD 3870 DirectX 10.1 cards just came out and are reasonably priced as it
> may be time to consider new card.


I did lower all the sliders dramatically, and the picture suddenly
became very... "bitty" - kind of distortion.
Is that expected? I'm not really sure what to lower it to.

What's RMA?
 
Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #8
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

Somewhere on teh interweb bornfree typed:
> On 19 Nov, 23:44, "Augustus" <no_...@nowhere.net> wrote:
>> "bornfree" <justyouan...@xemaps.com> wrote in message
>>
>> news:94ae7419-ddb5-4d91-9645-7183f58f2cdd@e4g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
>>
>>> After about 15 minutes of game playing, my PC turns off. Even with
>>> the case wide open and all fans on.

>>
>>> I have replaced the thermal paste on my GPA cooler. I have run
>>> stress tests on my CPU, it seems to be doing fine. (55c under load)
>>> What else could it possibly be?

>>
>> What system? What game? Which video card? What drivers? What m/b,
>> processor, video card, memory, psu, OS? Overclocked? Shuts off? As
>> in it closes the game and goes to the "Windows is shutting down"
>> screen, or just reboots during gameplay. Or just straight out powers
>> down with no warning, and does not reboot?
>>
>> Zero details posted means zero relevant advice.

>
> My system
> 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo (ninja fanless) / 2GB ram / Geforce 7950GT 512MB
> (Zalman Copper) / Hiper 530W / 12cm fan x2 / Asus mobo
>
> Nothing overclocked.


Wrong group then.
--
TTFN,

Shaun.


 
Unread 20-11-2007, 07:24 AM   #9
Augustus
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

>> > > After about 15 minutes of game playing, my PC turns off. Even with
>> > > the
>> > > case wide open and all fans on.

>>
>> > > I have replaced the thermal paste on my GPA cooler. I have run
>> > > stress
>> > > tests on my CPU, it seems to be doing fine. (55c under load) What
>> > > else
>> > > could it possibly be?

>>
>> > What system? What game? Which video card? What drivers? What m/b,
>> > processor,
>> > video card, memory, psu, OS? Overclocked? Shuts off? As in it closes
>> > the
>> > game and goes to the "Windows is shutting down" screen, or just reboots
>> > during gameplay. Or just straight out powers down with no warning, and
>> > does
>> > not reboot?


Spontaneous rebooting during heavy 3D load without overclocking leads me to
suspect your 7950GT card with the aftermarket cooler. Why did you install
it? Are you 100% certain it's installed with 100% contact to the GPU? Did
you buy it used this way? Is the card running at the correct speeds for
core/memory? I've run across "improved" BIOS flashes in used cards that
caused instabilty...550/700(1400) is stock.


 
Unread 20-11-2007, 08:58 AM   #10
Daniel Albuschat
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Re: Help! PC shuts down during games

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bornfree schrieb:
> On 19 Nov, 23:44, "Augustus" <no_...@nowhere.net> wrote:
>> "bornfree" <justyouan...@xemaps.com> wrote in message
>>
>> news:94ae7419-ddb5-4d91-9645-7183f58f2cdd@e4g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
>>
>>> After about 15 minutes of game playing, my PC turns off. Even with the
>>> case wide open and all fans on.

>>
>> Zero details posted means zero relevant advice.

>
> My system
> 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo (ninja fanless) / 2GB ram / Geforce 7950GT 512MB
> (Zalman Copper) / Hiper 530W / 12cm fan x2 / Asus mobo


I've experienced something very similar with my P5N32-E SLI that I got a
few weeks ago.
Upgrading to the just recently released beta-BIOS 3xxx solved this
problem. And make sure NOT to install the Mainboard-drivers from the CD.
I think they are at fault for the system crashes. After I upgraded the
BIOS the PCI-bridge and other hardware-components were reported as being
new and Windows stock-drivers have been installed instead of the ASUS
ones. Also install the most recent Graphics-drivers.

Regards,

Daniel

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