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Screen Flickers Then Turns Black(When Gaming)

Discussion in 'Games' started by wangster, Dec 15, 2008.

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  1. wangster

    wangster Thread Starter

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    whenever i play a game, approximately, 40 mins-1hr later, both horizontal and vertical purple lines show up on my screen. the game is still visible though. after about 5 mins of the purple lines, which get worse every minute, the screen flickers and turns black continuously. after approximately 2 mins of this, the screen turns black altogether. when i try alt+tab the screen stays black but i know it's worked because i hear the sound that the messages my friends have left me on msn:)

    this has been happening for the past few days. one game does work, oblivion, and my friend gave me this on a disk. some other games which have the above problem are frozen throne, fable- the lost chapters and soldier front. frozen throne and warcraft 3 are iso files and i thought that that might've been the problem but soldier front is a free online game and it also has the problem.

    could it be a problem with my graphics card? NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT. (Resolution 1024 by 768 by 32.)

    any help will be really appreciated. THANKS in advance!!!!
     
  2. Tanis

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    Possibly a heat issue. Have you cleaned out the inside of your system recently?
    Try installing something like Speedfan (free download, easy to find via Google) and have that running. Then you can monitor your CPU, GPU etc temperatures.

    Also, ensure all your drivers are up to date.

    No guarantees this is the problem but anything that is fairly quick, free and easy is worth a shot first of all.
     
  3. wangster

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    thanks heaps for your help, i'll try that asap, and i'll let you know if it's worked or not.
     
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