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Games crash (Black screen/restart)

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January 29, 2011 9:49:24 PM

Hello,

Graphics-intensive games like Oblivion and Starcraft 2 seem to crash on my computer. I suddenly get fuzzy colours, the screen goes into standby and the game freezes. Sometimes the computer simply restarts on its own.

Message I get: http://img638.imageshack.us/i/45861502.png/
Message I get if I try to re-run the game: http://img191.imageshack.us/i/41817364.png/
Specs: Intel 2.4GHz dual-core, ASUS P5K motherboard, x2 1MB DDR2 Corsair memory, ATI 4890 video card, Windows XP Pro 32-bit PS3.

1. Monitor refresh rate is not exceeded (75 Hz).
2. All the cords plugged in.
3. Computer is clean of dust.
4. Plenty of virtual memory.
5. CPU seems to be underclocked (core speed = 1.6GHz).
6. Temperature is <50 degrees for all components.
7. Low-level games don't crash.


Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you for help!
January 29, 2011 10:54:28 PM

methecsgod said:
Hello,

Graphics-intensive games like Oblivion and Starcraft 2 seem to crash on my computer. I suddenly get fuzzy colours, the screen goes into standby and the game freezes. Sometimes the computer simply restarts on its own.

Message I get: http://img638.imageshack.us/i/45861502.png/
Message I get if I try to re-run the game: http://img191.imageshack.us/i/41817364.png/
Specs: Intel 2.4GHz dual-core, ASUS P5K motherboard, x2 1MB DDR2 Corsair memory, ATI 4890 video card, Windows XP Pro 32-bit PS3.

1. Monitor refresh rate is not exceeded (75 Hz).
2. All the cords plugged in.
3. Computer is clean of dust.
4. Plenty of virtual memory.
5. CPU seems to be underclocked (core speed = 1.6GHz).
6. Temperature is <50 degrees for all components.
7. Low-level games don't crash.


Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you for help!

it seems you are trying to run your computer with too weak psu for intense gaming tasks. pls state exact model of your psu or just screenshot it for us to see the specs.
fyi you need aprox. 32A on 12V rail on branded 550W psu to run smoothly, but if you are using generic - you will need at least 30 percents more power and still you can get nasty restarts, shutdowns or even it can get damaged or damage other components in your pc.
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