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Monitor Shuts Off for No Reason

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Stumanji, Jul 28, 2005.

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  1. Stumanji

    Stumanji Thread Starter

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    Hey.

    My monitor is shutting off, as if it's going to "hybernate". But, it won't wake up, no matter what I do. I have to restart my computer to get it back on.

    Whatever I'm doing freezes - the monitor goes to "sleep" and my mouse and keyboard remain on - but nothing revives my sleeping monitor. After a minute or two, the mouse and keyboard turn off (as if they're getting no power).

    Running Windows XP on a Pentium 4, 2.8 ghz.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. hellblazer55

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    Well it could be a number of things but if you have a spare monitor check to see if its not the monitor itself then go on to the graphics card and run direct x diagnostics if you can get that far.
     
  3. Stumanji

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    go on to the graphics card and run direct x diagnostics if you can get that far.

    How do I do that? :confused:

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    This is a new system for me - I've been using a Dell desktop for the last 4 years and finally upgraded to this custom-built PC.

    Could it have anything to do with the installation of World of Warcraft (which seems to be where the monitor quits the most)?
     
  4. DPiT

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    I agree with HellBlazer, rule out the monitor by using another monitor in its place. This will at least give you some ground as to the direction of diagnosing the problem.

    If the problem continues with a new monitor in its place, then its a system issue. Next run Direct X Diagnosis - you can quickly get to it by clicking the Start button > Run > and type dxdiag.

    Let us know the results so we can further help.
     
  5. Stumanji

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    Following your instructions - it seems that it's running normal.

    But - it seems that it only quits during World of Warcraft.

    Would this have anything to do with resolution or something - making the monitor say, "F*** it, I can't handle this"?
     
  6. hellblazer55

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    Question: Are you using a Graphics Card or just the computer hardware?
     
  7. kiwiguy

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    I would look at the cooling on the graphics card, it probably cannot handle WoW and goes belly-up due to overheating.
     
  8. hellblazer55

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    I agree and not having one can do that too
     
  9. Stumanji

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    The graphics card is an ATI 9700...

    It's definitely NOT the monitor - when the comp quits in Warcraft, I unplugged the monitor and it came back on - but the whole computer is buggin' out.

    Are we under the assumption that it's the cooling?
     
  10. hellblazer55

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    Thats what its starting to sound like, I have my AGP graphix card ready to be over clocked with a bigger fan and heat sink but by doing this you do void your warrenty lol but by doing this you can get more out of the card.
     
  11. Stumanji

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    Man... it got better for a little while - it would do it once or twice a week.

    It's shut off about 5 times in the last HOUR. Ugh!! :mad:
     
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