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My computer has been running pretty much without problems for about a year now, but recently it's been crashing and shutting down apparently randomly while i'm playing a game or basically doing anything graphically intensive. It seems to be something to do with the page files, although after some crashes it's reported driver errors, although changing the graphics card and the drivers seems to do nothing and even formatting doesn't help.
It might just be burned out hardware, but aside from that I really don't know. I'd be grateful to anyone who can shed some light on this.
 

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You need to see what the BSOD is and let us know since Windows is
restarting we need to stop this to see the error.
Go to My Computer, right click properties, then Advanced, Startup
and Recovery select settings, then uncheck the System Failure
Automatically Restart box.

Is this a dell because the dell comes with a hardware diagnostics program
installed that you can run?

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yeah, I've already unchecked that, doesn't seem to help. Sometimes it begins shutting down programs before the whole thing goes but usually it just completely powers down suddenly, and has to be manually switched back on.
And no, it's unfortunately not a dell.
Thanks though
 

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Can you please tell us the make, model and type of the computer? Desktop or laptop? This might help a bit.

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Try downloading the BurnInTest Professional edition and running all the test.
http://www.passmark.com/download/index.htm

Then run this Video Card Stress Tester Video Card Stability Test 1.0.0.1
http://www.topshareware.com/Video-Card-Stability-Test-download-39274.htm

The next thing I would do is run performance monitor and see how much of
the resources are being used when I'm working with the computer.
Go to Start, run, perfmon, then click on New Counter Set, then
click on the + sign and add Paging File, %Usage, % Usage Peak,
next add Memory, and % commited bytes in use.

It is a littled limited in that it will not allow you to set it to be displayed
Always on top of other windows and when you go to file, save as, it doesn't
record the current monitoring test data after you save the file.

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greetings
shutting down apparently randomly while i'm playing a game or basically doing anything graphically intensive.
smells of a weak power supply

tell us about your ram, antivirus programs installed and the complete specs of your machine with the focus on your power supply

post back
 

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I think we really need a description of the machine before any assumptions can be made.

The recommendations may be very different depending on if we are discussing a laptop vs. a desktop machine!

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Well, I have 512MB of RAM, and my antivirus is Norton, but as you may have guessed, i'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to hardware. How would I find out about the power supply?

Also, the video card stability test crashed my computer. I'm aware of the irony.
 

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Also, the video card stability test crashed my computer.
interesting, that might have put a test on the psu at the same time.
but it wouldnt hurt making sure all the drivers are updated, and also check the device manager for any yellow conflict marks --control panel-system-hardware-device manager.
on the back of the power supply should be some sort of label with the specs.
 

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great, and the make? your looking at a label perhaps that says 115 / 230 v which is a toggle switch.
download belark...scroll down a bit..here
it will give us a better report
do you have norton antivirus only? or the whole stranglehold package?
 

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i know this is a old thread but i'm having the exact same problem with my fujitsu siemens scaleo P desktop. I'm wondering if you ever found out how to fix this?


I have:

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)

System Memory 1024.3

Processor Speed 3391.7

DirectX Version 9.0c

Display Device RADEON X600 Series

Display Memory 256.0

Display Driver 6.14.10.6497

Sound Device Realtek HD Audio rear output

Sound Driver 5.10.00.5038




please reply, i'm on the edge of setting this thing on fire...
 
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