*HALP* I have been charged with fixing dad's comp *HALP*

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  1. Habukberht

    Habukberht New Member

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    So, my dad has a pretty kick ass machine... and for some reason here lately it has been shutting off halfway through playing any game. Primarily C&C3 and WoW. Basically after you play for between 20-60 minutes the computer just shuts itself off without warning of any kind.. I can't figure out wtf is going on. Any ideas?
     
  2. crontab

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    type of computer? specs

    any artifact-ing before hard power down?

    my first guess would be that the vid card and everything else is drawing too much juice from the psu.
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Is it getting any errors in event viewer?
     
  4. Habukberht

    Habukberht New Member

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    I'm not getting any type of error. It just restarts. and then can be turned on like normal with no issues what so ever. It's like it's getting properly shut down.

    Running Win XP
    Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHZ processor
    1 Gig Ram
    Nvidia Geforce 7600 GS w/ 512 mb of memory

    Realtec ACA7 Audio

    Literally it just seems to shut off when it wants... i'm gonna try to knock down the settings on the games.. see if that helps.. but i dunno.
     
  5. Lynn

    Lynn Yes my wife does and no you can't watch.

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    Check the fans and make sure they are all free spinning.
    Sometimes if a computer gets too hot it will shut down.
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You checked event viewer and there were no errors?
     
  7. Rory

    Rory OT Supporter

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    werd, could be overheating
     
  8. Kelex

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    monitor your temps
     
  9. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    404 kickass machine not found
     
  10. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    It's overheating. It could be the CPU, or the RAM, or the chipset, or the power supply, but shutdowns that occur during heavy use and without any warning are caused by overheating.
     
  11. JaJae

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    Sounds like someone built a shitty computer. Make sure there's good air flow in the case and your components aren't overheating. Can the power supply handle the system?

    It would help if we had some computer specs and temps to work off of.
     
  12. Neuman

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    as everyone else says, overheating could be the cause.

    could also look into the power supply as well. i've had the exact same thing (random reboot) happen in the past due to the power supply going out...
     
  13. tragicher0

    tragicher0 Before I couldn't even spell DBA, now I are one OT Supporter

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    overheating or a bad driver could be the cause
     
  14. Clarity

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl: so true
     
  15. Habukberht

    Habukberht New Member

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    Well, it only knocks out on those two games (WoW and C&C3). Games like Company of Heroes work fine and indefinitely... However those two crash it without failing. This all started after downloading a patch from EA 1.08 for C&C. I'll double check the airflow and all that though. Thanks.
     
  16. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    seriously, thats what i was going to say. i use a similar system to rip dvds
     
  17. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Yeah, the PSU would be my guess as well. With all the high-draw shit that people have in computers these days, it's becoming a common problem.
     
  18. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    Wait...rebooting started after downloading a patch??
    Solution, uninstall the patch or if you can't do that, get rid of the game (uninstall, delete folders, etc) then reinstall the non-patched version and don't update the game.
     
  19. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    If it's a patch, then it should have been leaving errors in event viewer.
     
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    It could still be overheating. Mabye those certain games put more stress on the card therefore causing it to overheat. When I had my 7900GT it would run at about 70C but when I went to an HDR map it would jump to mid 80s.
     
  21. Skankin'

    Skankin' We are Ginger. We do not forgive. We do not forget

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    :rofl: My comp doesn't have much better specs, but I do need to build a new one.
     
  22. Habukberht

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    A) by kickass machine I think I meant as opposed to my own... needless to say, when you hear "Dude your getting a Dell" it's not a good thing.

    B) apparently the Company of Heroes thing was a one time thing. it restarts during COH too. It must be over heating... i'm just not sure what I should be doing cause before this patch it was all working fine.

    C) As for the Video Card pulling too much from the PSU.. that may be an issue. I may have to get my dad to figure that out.

    D) thanks to everyone for their help so far.

    EDIT:-> Well, i fixed the issue. As it turns out there was something loose with the power supply. So after tinkering I finally saw this. So after taking the power supply off, and blowing it out (as it being loose seems to have clogged it with dust and dog hair) the computer works fine. Again, thanks everyone!
     
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  23. deusexaethera

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    It collected dust because it was on.

    Buy a cheap set of dust filters and put them on the intake fans. PLEASE tell me you have intake fans. You need to control where air goes in, not where air goes out.
     
  24. P07r0457

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    not true, creating a differential in pressure (either in outgoing or incoming) is the important thing.

    Some machines/enviroments favor one over the other... there is no right/wrong way for that.
     

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