Screen going blank and system freezing?

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  1. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Registered Member

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    With increasing frequency, something is happening when I am playing games or watching movies. The screen suddenly goes blank and displays the message that it is not connected to any source, but the audio continues for a few seconds before it freezes in a quick loop and the only thing I can do is restart the computer. Obviously this is incredibly disruptive to a gameplay/movie experience -- what is happening, is my video card dying?


    Windows XP SP3

    AMD Radeon HD 6850 - 1024MB

    MotherBoard:
    ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5K SE Rev 1.xx
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0401 07/19/2007
    Realtek Onboard Audio

    3328 Megabytes DDR2 RAM

    Processor:
    2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
    64 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
     
  2. Cudni

    Cudni Global Moderator

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    could be graphics card. does it only happen when you play movies/gaming? Any errors or warnings in event viewer logs?
     
  3. Kobayashi maru

    Kobayashi maru Registered Member

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    Check the GPU temperature via the control centre. Mine averages 35. If yours is going high on simple operations, it points to a likely cooling issue. The cards fan/cooler could be clogged with dust.

    You could also downclock the GPU settings via the control center, and see if stability improves.
     
  4. siljaline

    siljaline Former Poster

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    Microsoft Answers is always a good bet with these sorts of queries. Best of luck.
     
  5. stapp

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    Check that fluff hasn't built up in the machine blocking the airflow.
     
  6. Page42

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    One of my XP, SP3 machines just had a power supply that went bad.
    They say the same thing is true about power supplies as with hard drives... it's not a question of IF they will go bad, it's a question of WHEN.
    Mine was intermittently shutting down, leaving just a blinking light on the front of the tower.
    Reboot worked, but run time between shutdowns was growing shorter.
    I nursed it along for a day or two until I could swap out the power supply.
    All is well once again. :)
     
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