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Solved: Frequent Shutdowns During High End Gaming.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dalton7821, May 3, 2009.

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  1. Dalton7821

    Dalton7821 Thread Starter

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    Recently, I have had my system power down during operation of games. It doesn't happen at any chronological point of the games (3 different ones in all) and they are from different developers. They are all new and have above average system requirements. The power down has no warning and no error messages even on startup. No recovery is nescessary upon reboot. Because of these circumstances, I believe it has to do with voltage or temperature of CPU/GPU's. I have run Speedfan but as a new user I know very little of it's functions other than basic monitoring. Which it seems my GPU is always running hot (124F). Here is my System Config and Speedfan settings while using desktop only.

    HP Pavillion model:a6432f
    Cpu: AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core Processor 5000+(2 CPU's), ~2.6GHz
    Ram: 3GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM Page File: 1213MB used, 5142MB available
    HD: 500GB
    Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 8400GS PcI-express 512M + available system RAM

    Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit

    Speedfan
    GPU: 124F Temp3: 55F
    Temp1: 109-111F Core: 84F
    Temp2: -198F Fan1: 1581RPM

    Basically, I would like to know if I can change these settings (safely) or add/change cooling fans on GPU/CPU without any major hardware changes.
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Are you using the stock PSU that came with the HP System?
     
  3. BG-0

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    Use some program (speedfan or preferably HWMonitor) to keep an eye on your temps, while running Prime95 for the CPU, and Furmark for the GPU. Also look at the voltage reading (mainly the +12V reading). If the temps stay under, say, 75 for CPU, 85 for GPU, then it's power.
     
  4. Dalton7821

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    Yes, (stock PSU) I have been looking for a cooling fan for GPU. Several reviews have suggested adding one as the card itself comes with an onboard power socket and are as cheap as $5-10, but not sure where to look for compatible model. Also would changing power plan change any temp/fan settings?
     
  5. BG-0

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    Test the temps. Test stability. Test the voltages. No point fixing the other issue if that's not the reason for this.
     
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