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Computer Restart.

My friend's computer keeps restarting whenever he plays a 3D game. We have tried many things. we do not beleive his video card is overheating because he has a fan blowing straight onto it. He has checked for viruses... he has checked his capacitors... he updated his windows, (windows ME)... and he has done everything everyone has said it might be. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT MIGHT BE GOING ON!!!!!!! thank you in advance.


-Vamp

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Re: Computer Restart.

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Please read your post and see what you left out. All I can do is note common reasons such as too small power supplies that are a common source of error as well as drivers. Microsoft does not install drivers for us.

Tell more about the machine, the game, the power supply and if the case cover is off and the fan pointed at the machine.

Bob

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Pentium 4 2.4 GHZ, 512MB SDRAM, 60 gigabyte max store hardrive, Radeon 8500 LE video card with 128MB of ram, Soundblaster live sound card. One fan is drawing heat off CPU, one off the VPU and two off the processor. The games would be all of his 3D games such as GTA3, City Of Heros, Gunbound, and Half Life/ HL mods. The only ones that dont give him problems are Unreal Tournament GOTY edition, and Diablo 2. The case is closed and the heat is drawn out the back. There is all the info you requested.

P.S. We checked for dust and it is all clear.

-Vamp

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Vamp,

Just some thoughts...

First, make sure all drivers for the various sound & video devices are the most current available.

Next, reduce the number of unnecessary start up programs and clean out the junk files on the computer, then run Scandisk and Defrag. Use the links below to get that done:

How To Shut Down Unnecessary Start Up Programs

How To Clean Unwanted Files From The Hard Drive

After following the above procedures, and prior to running any of the games, temporarily disable any remaining background programs including your antivirus, assuming that you feel safe doing so. Antivirus programs can really cause conflicts and restarts in some situations.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Vamp,

Some random thougts,

Hope this is a misprint "One fan is drawing heat off CPU" or its not the fan attached to the heat sink. Heatsink fan should blow on the heat sink.

Not to dump, how big is your power supply?
That many components I would not have less than a 500w.

Is your memory 1 or 2 sticks?
2 sticks are ok if from same mnf and speed.

P4 2.4 can be overclocked to 2.8/3.0 Ghz.
Did you overclock?

I do not know the term "VPU".

Kees and Bob mentioned drivers.
Are they up-dated from mnf.?

Sounds like you have plenty of fans.
Is your case a mid tower or smaller?
If smaller then heat may be your problem.

Is BIOS set to shut down system if CPU overheats?

Like I said Just some thoughts hope they help

Bill

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