My monitor will go black after some usage. The indicator lighting on the monitor will blink, meaning it's on standby.
It's not a fixed period of time but recently it seems to be turning black after 2 hours of usage.
If I'm playing music or a movie, the audio track will continue for a while before it becomes like a scratched CD, repeating that one single syllabus.
The monitor light will start flashing meaning it went on standby.
Further attempts to restart will show the windows screen running but it is very unlikely to reach the start screen before it repeats the same "black out" problem.
But after leaving the PC overnight, it will allow me to use it for about 2 hours again before it blacks out on me.
If I play games like Portal 2, it will black out in a matter of minutes.
I recently changed the PSU to a Seasonic S12 620W from a CM 500W. For a while it seemed like the problem went away, then it came back again.
I don't smell anything burning.
Is it the graphics card? I'm using a Gigabtye 9500GT 1GB DDR2
My computer specs are:
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3166MHz
Mainboard : Gigabyte EP43-DS3L
Chipset : Intel P45/P43
Physical Memory : 2048MB (1 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Hard Disk : Seagate ST3160021A (160GB)
Power Supply : Seasonic S12II Bronze 620W
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3 (32-bit)
I downloaded and installed the beta version.
Noticed that the temperature was 52 deg and went up to 60 deg within some 25 mins with just general browsing. No movies or games played.
The temperature then stayed about about 59 deg.
After about an hour's usage it stayed at about 60 deg, with the highest peaking at 62 deg.
Have you used stability tools such as MSI kombustor or furmark? It will max out the load to your card and you will eventually see your maximum temperature. Also do you monitor every temperatures? I suggest you to do so, with HWMonitor.