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Computer Shuts Off Suddenly

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jgc77, Jan 24, 2003.

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  1. jgc77

    jgc77 Thread Starter

    Dec 27, 2002
    I have a:
    -Pentium III
    -667 MHz CPU
    -512 MB of ram
    -Windows XP
    -ATI Radion 7000 Video card
    -Linksys Ethernet card

    Hi Everyone,

    Computers never cease to amaze me. Just when I think that the computer is running "the way it should be", the damn thing restarts on me. It happened a few days ago while playing Madden 2003. It happened this morning, while printing a picture, I decided to close Paint Shop Pro. For some reason, I am leaning towards this being a video card problem. More specifically, I think there is a conflict between the video card driver and several programs on the computer (i.e. graphic intensive). It has always been my understanding that a computer is SUPPOSED to remain ON until you tell it to TURN OFF. I hope someone on this amazing board can HELP ME OUT!!

    Thanks In Advance,
  2. columbo


    Sep 10, 2001

    I'm assuming that you've confirmed that your CPU fan is working properly? (in case it's overheating)

    Check out this site....if you don't have this driver, then try downloading and installing it:


    I know that the specific error they mention doesn't really apply to you, but it might help your problem.

    You could also disable your computer from automatically restarting with system errors. Right-click on My Computer, go to Properties, then Advanced, then Settings (under Startup and Recovery), then take the checkmark off "Automatically Reboot". This is probably what's causing it to reboot....while you're working on something that deals with graphics, and the system generates an error, it automatically reboots.

    These are just a couple of suggestions.

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