Crash at start of video games

When my grandsons start playing a video game, say Modern Warfare 2, after about 5 minutes of game play the computer crashes. After restart, the game plays for hours on end without a crash. Aside from the moans from the downstairs computer user, can anything remedy this ongoing computer crash. Thanks for any advice, and if your advice works, a double and triple thanks because I'll really impress an already great kid.
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  1. we could use a bit more information from you because several factors can cause the problem

    what kind of PC do you have? make and model? or at least the CPU it has.
    does it have a dedicated graphics card or use integrated graphic chip?
    how much ram does the PC have?

    if you don't know the answers to these questions the following programs are quick to download and install, they can help answer them

    speccy should come with every new pc
    http://www.piriform.com/speccy

    and CPU-Z, same info but not as colorful
    http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
  2. steelydan said:
    When my grandsons start playing a video game, say Modern Warfare 2, after about 5 minutes of game play the computer crashes. After restart, the game plays for hours on end without a crash. Aside from the moans from the downstairs computer user, can anything remedy this ongoing computer crash. Thanks for any advice, and if your advice works, a double and triple thanks because I'll really impress an already great kid.



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  3. Couple of Suggestions:

    1. Check Event Viewer for any warning error messages at the time of the crash. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Open-Event-Viewer

    2. Turn off automatic restart so you can read BSOD messages.. http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/f/automatic-restart.htm

    3. Torture test the system to discover any voltage / temperature anomalies which might be causing problem. http://www.ocbase.com/perestroika_en/index.php?Download

    4. Make sure your system is up to date using something like Belarc Advisor and / or Secunia
    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
    http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal
  4. Thanks for responding.

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  5. the PC should be able to handle the game with ease so its probably a software issue

    make sure game patches have been downloaded and make sure to download the latest ATI drivers
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