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Windows XP Crashes my Games..... Waaaahhhh...

by quantumdecipher / October 16, 2006 8:22 PM PDT

I'm using a PC @ 3.4 GHz Pentium D processor, 1GB or DDR2 RAM, 512 MB NVIDIA
6200 Turbocache Videocard on ASUS PVDC-X Motherboard. The problem here is
that whenever i play games of any kind, after some period (usually 2 minutes
or so) Windows XP crashes the game and restarts the PC. Note that no shutdown
screen is shown. PC is automatically restarted as if pressing the reset
button on the CPU.

Im running Windows XP SP2 and installing every update in the Security
Center. Please help me ASAP coz this PC is used for my Thesis for Bachelor of
Science in Electronics Engineering.

Please help me...

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Possible options?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / October 16, 2006 9:11 PM PDT

As it seems to work for 2 minutes or so, I wouldn't have thought it was a video card driver issue. Such an issue would show immediately. So this could be an overheating issue?

See if taking the cover off and removing any dust from the fans helps.

Also check for any bulging or leaking capacitors. Example here;
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=195

If not, disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure option in System Properties. Right click your My Computer icon and select Properties. Then select the Advanced tab, then click the Settings button under Startup & Recovery.

Remove the option to restart automatically on System Failure. This will allow you to see any error messages the next time it happens.

Also see what the Event Viewer says, (Start > Run type in eventvwr.msc and click OK), and check under Application and System for any errors.

I hope this helps.

Mark

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The 2 minutes might be a clue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 16, 2006 9:15 PM PDT

Some neighbor had a similar issue. They thought the heatsink compound on the CPU heatsink was optional.

Bob

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