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Computer Freezing/Locking up when playing a Video Game

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by duffz, Jul 14, 2007.

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  1. duffz

    duffz Thread Starter

    Jul 14, 2007

    I Recently had a computer made for me and have had it for about 2 weeks now. Everything works great in it and haven't had any problems except for when i play World of Warcraft, my computer decides to freeze up after a random amount of time.. Sometimes it lasts for 2 hours, sometimes only for 5 minutes. And i must manually turn it off by pressing and holding the power button.

    My Specs are:

    - Intel Celeron D Processer
    - Windows Xp Home Service Pack 2
    - 250 GB Hard Drive
    - 2 GB Ram
    - Nvidia Geforce 7300GS Video Card

    I Thought it could be overheating of my graphics card (I'm not the best with computer hardware, though i know how to take it out and put it in), so i opened both side panels up and even put a mini fan blowing inside it to see if it would cool it down, but it still froze up.

    I felt the inside of my computer and it does get pretty hot without the mini fan i use, but my computer acts the same way if i have the mini fan On or Off. is it possible that i still wasn't able to cool down the video card with the fan i put blowing on the inside?

    Or what other possibilities do you think could be causing this problem?

    Its very frustrating because i run a program with World of Warcraft that i need to run most of the day awhile im away, and when i come back to it and see it was only active for 30 minutes before freezing sucks because i lose a lot of time.

    My computer doesn't freeze unless i am running this game (haven't tested any other games to see if it froze also), but it never freezes just idling.
  2. lurtz555


    Sep 26, 2007
    The exact same thing happens to me. My computer runs perfectly on anything else and my graphics card is great but at any random times it will freeze wen i play games. Its weird because the first day that i play it works perfect but the next day and all the next days when i play games ( I have only tried with LOTR battle for middle earth 2 and demo for quake wars) it always freezes. i know that its not lagg because even when i play single player it does it too. Exept, for me i only get about 3 to 6 mins at a time with the games but my computer isent at all hot.

    HELP ME PLEASE:confused: :confused: :confused:
  3. Goldfish92


    Aug 30, 2007
    Well, sounds like something overheating.... But if you are SURE that it isn't then try updating the drivers and see what happens. :)
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