HELP!! {computer issue}

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  1. Spencer Barnes

    Spencer Barnes BEAR DOWN

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    everytime i play a movie it will play for maybe like 45 min sometimes longer sometimes shorter then my computer will either freeze or reboot itself..what could be wrong???
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Video card or video card drivers.
     
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    well this was happening before so i got a new video card and it still does it
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    What's your system specs?

    Particularly the power supply wattage, and age of the computer.





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    its a Pentium 4 2.4GHz, 1gig of ram, 580 watt power supply, the motherboard is old from like i dont know 3 maybe 4 years ago, my buddy built me this comp, and i just recently put in more ram, new vid card...it use to freeze before when i was just listening to music and on the web...but now it just seems to freeze or reboot when im watching a movie
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You say you replaced the video card.

    What did you have and what did you go to?
     
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    Right click your desktop, go to properties. In this window, select the screen saver tab, then at the bottom, click the powermanagement button, make sure your harddrives, monitor and system are set to NEVER. You don't want things to power down when playing movies, ever.
     
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    ya i know that and they are set to never
     
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    Is that one of those passive-cooled video cards? (just a heatsink, no fan)

    I'm guessing it's a heat buildup issue. The case has poor ventilation and heat from the DVD-decoding operation is accumulating until the computer locks up.
     
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    Seconded. Check your fans and heatsinks, on the PSU, CPU, GFX, etc and make sure they aren't clogged up with dirt and crap. Canned air is your friend here, just blast it all the way through. if you've got it, try and slap a fan down low at the front of the case so you draw in cool air and have another at the back and up top to blow out the warmer stuff.

    It helps a surprising amount.
     
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    That said, if you have a passive-cooled video card, that's really not a bad thing. Using bigger fans built into the case gives you better airflow and less noise than using smaller fans attached to each component in the case, so all you really need to do is make sure you're getting decent circulation and a video card heatsink will be just fine.
     

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