Game Lockup

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  1. Create

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    A friend of mine is a WoW player. Whenever he runs the game, two or three minutes into it, especially when he does something graphics intensive, the computer reboots.

    He said he was experiencing some artifacts. The video card was a gift from me, used, about three years old now. We replaced the video card and the artifacts disappeared.

    The game will now freeze. Alt-tab is unresponsive. I have not had him try ctrl-alt-del.

    We reinstalled the game, no addons. Issue persists.

    I think the next step is to run another graphics intensive app and see if the problem persists. If it does, I'm thinking a power issue. If it does not, maybe a sound issue?

    Any advice on how to proceed would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
     
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    Possible overheating
     
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    i would point towards overheating. get a temperature monitor for your motherboard and see how hot it gets when you run graphic intensive apps.
     
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    Overheating at the chipset or processor? I thought that would force a reboot. Am I wrong?
     
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    He's telling me he diddn't clean the fans (like I'd asked before). He'll clean today and I'll report back tomorrow.
     
  6. Doc Brown

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    It can be either or. Same with the psu going bad.

    How old is the build? How about the specs? Is he running enough memory?

    He didn't try to mess around with his virtual memory settings, did he?

    If he turned off virtual memory because he thought he had plenty of memory, that would
    cause problems with WOW.
     
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    normally,... overheating = shutdown, not reboot

    but note that it is possible for a component to fail first at certain high temps before it reaches the max temp for it to shutdown. so yes, overheating could also be causing this.

    If the entire system hangs, it is usually memory problems.
    Download memtest86 and test your ram.

    If it is a display problem (screen hangs, game music/sound still continues in background),.. most likely faulty vid card or driver problems.
     
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