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Screen Shut Off

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mike36, Nov 3, 2007.

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  1. mike36

    mike36 Thread Starter

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    While my brother was playing an AOL game, my computer froze up and the screen went black without warning. I had to turn off the computer manually with no way of going through the normal shutdown. This has happened twice. I ran a full update to date scan with AVG and everything seems fine. I'm running on Windows XP Pro. (It freezes for about 5 seconds before the monitor goes off, there is also no message once the monitor goes black)

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. helpmerick

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    Sounds like it might be a heat issue. Is this a laptop? If so, make sure you don't play the games with the laptop sitting on top of a bed or pillow. If it is a desktop, is it well ventilated? Do you hear the fans running? Have you blown the dust from the inside of it lately?

    Hard to diagnose something like this from afar, but heat is my first guess. Good luck.
     
  3. mike36

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    All the fans are running, the temp are about: CPU: 35C + GPU: 50C

    Also, the computer isn't over heating. The computer freezes, then the monitor shuts off. The computer still stays on.

    Thanks again guys.
     
  4. helpmerick

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    Does it happen with anything other than the games? If the computer is still running, but frozen, try running the game in Internet Explorer or Firefox instead of the AOL browser. If the computer freezes in other programs besides the game, try reinstalling/updating the drivers for your video card.
     
  5. mike36

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    It will black out while online also. There's nothing that leads up to it. I can be online for hours and it will happen and other times I can be on for just minutes.
     
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