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Old 12-31-05, 06:54 AM
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System reboots while playing any games

I'm looking for any input here. My system was fine until recently with playing any games (3d or otherwise) and now it reboots itself after several minutes, especially if anything 3D is being utilized. I've gone into the system settings and set XP not to reboot on an error, so I know for a fact that it's not a Windows error. I'm thinking it's either:

1) Power supply can't handle it (I don't know if this could be caused by new drivers or what)
2) Overheating of some sort

Here are my system specs, and like I said, everything worked fine playing these same games (Sims2, Maple Story, The Movies) until just recently. I don't know what I've done to screw this up.

CPU: AMD Athlon XP 1800+
RAM: 512 MB
VidCard: Radeon 9800 Pro (128MB) /w latest drivers

If anyone has any ideas, I'd be welcome to any help. Thanks.
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Old 12-31-05, 08:55 AM
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Look for leaky, swollen capacitors on the motherboard, too. They may have orange corrosion on them, too.
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Old 12-31-05, 09:31 AM
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if the video card has a fan make sure it still works
either way dust off the heat sink, and also any other heat sinks (mobo chip set, cpu etc)
sounds to me like the video card is overheating. with just Windows running there isn't too much gpu usage and the temp stays low enough to not be an issue. Running games increases gpu usage and therefore heat
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Old 12-31-05, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
if the video card has a fan make sure it still works
either way dust off the heat sink, and also any other heat sinks (mobo chip set, cpu etc)
sounds to me like the video card is overheating. with just Windows running there isn't too much gpu usage and the temp stays low enough to not be an issue. Running games increases gpu usage and therefore heat
That's kind of what I figured. I'll take apart the whole system and clean it out before the holiday is over. I'm also going to invest in some more fans next month and a new powersupply as well. Hopefully with both of those measures taken, I should be okay for a while.
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