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Old 03-03-2008, 01:07 AM   #1
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I dont know whats up exactly
But I'm running Diablo 2 and Pidgin messenger. a few internet windows and such.
And after about 10-15 mins. the computer just crashes. time varies immensely.

I took screenshots of my Eevent viewer if that would help.

There are here.

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Old 03-03-2008, 07:43 PM   #2
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Hi Ravetheinsane and welcome to TSF !

Do you get any blue error screen when the computer crashes ? Right-click my computer => properties => advanced => settings under startup and recovery => make sure that automatically restart is unticked.

Zip and attach the .dmp files that you'll find in c:\windows\minidump.

Random crashes with no error screen are often caused by overheating or a failing power supply. See the link in my sig and tell us about your system specs. If this is a laptop or some brand computer then brand and model will do. If it's a desktop then don't forget the brand, model and wattage of the power supply (open the computer case and the info will be on the sticker that's on the side of the power supply block).

If it's a desktop then open the computer case and make sure the fans and heatsinks are not clogged by dust. If there's dust then turn the computer off and use a can of compressed air (available at your local computer shop) to clean it.

Enter the BIOS at startup (look for some message telling you to "press xx to enter setup" right after the computer starts) and look for some hardware monitor or pc health status screen. Report the temps and voltages you'll find there.

The errors in the eventviewer will help but please focus on the errors and warnings that happen at the time of the crashes. Double-click the error, click the third button on the right once (this copies the info in the memory) then right-click => paste it here.

If there are any disk errors in the event viewer then go to start => run and type chkdsk c: /R. You'll be prompted to restart the computer, tell us about the scan results once it's over.

If you don't use some of the programs that are working in the background then right-click their system tray icon and close them (for instance, winzip and winamp are no use when playing games and are only wasting cpu and memory ressources).
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