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Unexpected shut down.

While playing one of the lastest Tomb Raider games my pc has occasionally just shut itself down. It has only ever happened while playing it and at no other time. I have looked at the error log to see if I can see what it could be but to be honest I cannot really make any sense of it. Would reducing the games display options help do you think?

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Deal with heat issues first

Gaming creates the highest heat load on a system.

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Heat Issues

Thank you for the reply.

Is there a way to log my CPU temp during usage?

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Sure. But...

I've found that it can be other components that cause this issue that don't have temp sensors. In short, it's best to keep up with the canned air (1st of the month schedule) and fan checks since it's a bit too hard for most to track down that it's that chip or such that caused the shutdown.

Put another way as a question: Are you keeping up with the canned air and such maintenance? Do you know if your fans are working like new?

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Air question

Canned air? Never. ?

Have never checked my fan since installing it about four years ago. ?

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Re: air

Then it might be time to do some cleaning and checking of the interior of your PC.

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Re. Air clean

Sure, will look into it, thanks.

Hope I am not too shocked buy the price of canned air! ?

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I hope...

...you are not too shocked by all the dust bunnies. Be sure to clean especially the heatsink on the CPU, it's fan, and the fans on the GPU. Consider replacing the thermal paste between the Heat Sink and CPU, but don't remove the CPU in this process. If not confident in cleaning, get it done by Best Buy or some other place, so long as just cleaning doesn't cost much there.

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Outside job

Will probably take my pc outside and do it there. I will just clean the CPU fan to see if that helps as I'm sure that would be the biggest cause of the problem.

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There is some initial shock to how this work is done.

There are nice YouTubes on canned air use but I want to warn you these go from easy (just dust off the heatsinks) to DEEP CLEANING where a lot more work is done.

For my 1st of the month (if I remember) it's just grab the canned air and walk around the office to hit the vents of the dozen laptops there. If I'm early I get them all (feels like Pokeman?) and later I may skip those in use. But the idea of the 1st of the month keeps the fleet from building up to a point where I have to do a deep cleaning.

And continuing from there we've had laptops that were in service for 5 years and we pull them to the bench and open them up. It appears this routine really helps as we see little buildup.

Of course if there are cats and dogs, all bets are off.

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YouTube

Will definately check some vids out first, thanks.

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