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Black Screen of Death?

Discussion in 'Games' started by snp42, Jan 12, 2009.

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  1. snp42

    snp42 Thread Starter

    Jan 12, 2009
    Alright I just got a new PC on Thursday and everything was going well untill Yesterday, I don't know if this is a hardware issue or a issue with my OS or what but as I have been playing World of Warcraft (only time it has happened so far). My Monitor will just go black the No Signal box will pop up and my computer freezes with nothing I can do but hard boot it back. It happened after I was playing for about 4 or 5 hours on sunday and then repeatedly after that point probably within 30 minutes or so of trying again.

    Here are my Specs:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400(3.0GHz)
    64 bit Dual Core Processor
    6MB L2 Cache
    4GB (2x2GB) DDR2 800
    500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM HDD
    NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT 512MB PCI Express Video Card
    Realtek ALC883 Audio
    Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
    ASUS P5N-E SLI Motherboard
    NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI Chipset

    Anyone have any ideas let me know.
  2. Couriant

    Couriant Trusted Advisor

    Mar 26, 2002
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    possibly bad video card. especially if its overheating.
  3. Tanis


    May 29, 2006
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    I would definatelyl check the temperatures first of all. Use something like Speedfan to give you an idea of the CPU, GPU etc. temperatures under load.

  4. kring


    Jan 13, 2009
    yeah possibly it is because of bad video card..try to check it..
  5. Valdamir


    Jan 14, 2006
    This sounds like a hardware issue. There's a chance its the OS, but usually Windows gives us a (useless) error message to go with it if it's software. This sounds a computer failing after working for several hours.

    Something like this could easily be the result of overheating, like it was said earlier. I would definitely check the temperatures first. Also, if you remove the case cover and start the computer, do you see all the fans spinning? Does letting your computer sit off for a couple hours help?

    And this might be just general troubleshooting advice, but I would also run CheckDisk, Memtest86, and any video card tests it comes with (if none, try DxDiag > Display tab).

    Any one component messing up would crash things like this, but video cards, hard drives, and memory are the ones I see mess up most. So along with temperature, run those tests...

    Hope this helps! :cool:
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