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Computer shuts down while playing
Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:31 PM
Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:36 PM
The first thing I would recommend if you're experiencing this is to disable automatic restarts.
If you're using Windows 7, try the following: (I assume it's similar for Vista)
- Start Button
- Control Panel
- System (Make sure 'All items' are shown.)
- Advanced system settings (left side)
- Settings (under Startup and Recovery)
- Uncheck 'Automatically Restart'
This should allow your computer to blue-screen as normal, and at least give you an error message to work with.
If that doesn't get you anything, I would check the event log by doing the following:
- Start Button
- Type 'eventvwr.msc' without quotes
- Click OK or press Enter
Unless your problem is caused by a hardware initiated shutdown, there should be something relevant in one of the Windows Logs.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:45 PM
Also the event log shows nothing suspicious or anything that would lead me to a cause
This post has been edited by NOT_YOU: 27 February 2012 - 04:46 PM
Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:50 PM
Your CPU, Video card, or chipset are reaching dangerous thermal levels, and initiate an immediate shutdown to prevent damage.
Voltage: you CPU/VideoCard/motherboard are asking the PSU for more power that it cannot provide when playing APB, thus initiating a shutdown to prevent damage, or the PSU just cuts out due to a lack or sufficient power.
You have a couple of options, but a list of your specs would be helpful to start to even list them.
CPU make and model
Video Card make and model
Amount of RAM
OS and (32/64?)
Now, a small list of things to check out. if you are playing APB with a PSU of wattage less than 400, this might be your problem, but also leads me to believe that your hardware may be less than worthy.
You CPU's thermal Compound no longer has the chemical properties to wick heat away from the CPU and into the heatsink. (often can dry out, cook and then you might as well be without a HSF at all.)
Your CPU heatsink is clogged with dust and the fan cannot cool it off.
your CPU Cooling fan is either burned out and not spinning, or is slowly dying and not spinning fast enough to efficiently cool the Heatsink.
The above three can apply to your video card as well.
If your playing on a laptop that was not meant to play video games, there is a good chance you are overheating, as laptops are notorious for having a lack of cooling capacity. (unless you addicted to APB like me and buy a 3K$ laptop or gaming.)