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My computer randomly shuts off whenever I play flight simulator X

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a b à CPUs
August 14, 2009 5:50:07 PM

ok so for some reason this problem has been getting worse and worse.

Whenever I play flight simulator X, my computer seems to just completely shut off after about 20 or 30 minutes of play. It gives me no warning it just shuts off. My computer never shuts off while using the internet or listening to music, only when playing fsx.

Heres my computers specs.

model: acer aspire e380
processor: amd athlon 64 X2 Dual core processor 4400+ 2.30GHz
memory (ram): 2.0 gb
system type :32 bit operating system (i have windows vista premium)Video Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT (1024 MB)
3D Accelerator : nVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Monitor : Acer X191W [19" LCD] (17071886417582)

ive only got 7.35gb free on my c drive, not sure if thats a problem or not. its original size was 145 gb.

I ran some temperature tests with everest, heres the results

Motherboard 39 °C (102 °F)
CPU 58 °C (136 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #1 70 °C (158 °F)
CPU #1 / Core #2 66 °C (151 °F)
MCP 68 °C (154 °F)
GPU Diode 50 °C (122 °F)

now heres the rpm of my cooling fans.

Cooling Fans:
CPU 2836 RPM
Chassis 1386 RPM

my nvidia 9500 graphics card has a fan on it, not sure why its not showing up in the cooling fans report. i checked to see if its running right so i opened the case. the fan on the graphics card is spinning.

heres some stuff about power voltages (which i dont really understand).

Voltage Values:
CPU Core 1.31 V
+2.5 V 2.48 V
+5 V 5.54 V
+5 V Standby 5.00 V
VBAT Battery 3.09 V
DIMM 1.78 V
Debug Info F 00EE 01E7 0000 0000 0000
Debug Info T 58 39 25
Debug Info V 52 9B 6F CE BA 49 B5 (7F)

heres a bunch of stuff about my nvidia 9500 gt

Graphics Processor Properties:
Video Adapter EVGA e-GeForce 9500 GT
BIOS Version
GPU Code Name G96GT
PCI Device 10DE-0640 / 3842-C958 (Rev C1)
Transistors 314 million
Process Technology 65 nm
Bus Type PCI Express 1.0 x16 @ x16
Memory Size 1 GB
GPU Clock (Geometric Domain) 550 MHz (original: 550 MHz)
GPU Clock (Shader Domain) 1400 MHz (original: 1400 MHz)
RAMDAC Clock 400 MHz
Pixel Pipelines 8
TMU Per Pipeline 1
Unified Shaders 32 (v4.0)
DirectX Hardware Support DirectX v10
Pixel Fillrate 4400 MPixel/s
Texel Fillrate [ TRIAL VERSION ]

Memory Bus Properties:
Bus Type DDR2
Bus Width 128-bit
Real Clock 399 MHz (DDR) (original: 400 MHz)
Effective Clock 799 MHz
Bandwidth [ TRIAL VERSION ]

Fan Speed 100%

please help me here.

OH and before i forget. sometimes when i try and start up my computer, it gets stuck at the loading screen. the one with the little green bars going across thats under the windows copy right symbol thing. unless i manually restart the pc, it will sit there forever. sometimes it fully starts up so i can use the computer, sometimes it doesnt. there have been times where ive sat here for an hour just restarting my pc trying to get the computer to work.

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a c 256 à CPUs
August 14, 2009 6:25:34 PM

Those CPU temps are a little warm, but usually a CPU throttles rather than simply shutting off.
The specs I found say you have a 300W PSU; that should be enough for your system.
As old as it is, however, capacitor aging (or capacitors going bad, e.g. from overheating) could be your cause. Google will be your friend if you want to find articles on bad capacitors and what they look like (ruptured and/or leaking electrolyte).
I'm not sure I'd suggest throwing any money at this machine. You can build a budget AMD system for around $400 that will run rings around it.
August 14, 2009 6:35:24 PM

Sounds like a faulty psu or motherboard. Maybe you can find somebody to give a psu to test the system and see if you have the same problem.
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August 14, 2009 7:35:23 PM

I agree with hefox probably either the power supply or the motherboard. Take it somewhere to get fixed where they can swap things out to find the problem.
a c 256 à CPUs
August 15, 2009 1:20:47 AM

Yes, capacitors gone bad [with age] on either or both the mobo or the PSU. I'd visually check the mobo first for an obvious problem. Sometimes it's the only way, but you may be doing yourself a favor if you can avoid attaching a known bad part to a known good one.