As of today, I was playing a game (GTA IV) on this PC and suddenly, the game froze and the screen turned black, nothing responded anymore, so I had to hold the power button and restart it. I thought that it was caused by the game, so in my panic mode I rushed to uninstall it. Me thinking the problem was solved so I went to play another game(CS:S) with a friend of mine, suddenly same issue, black screen and had to hold power button to shut it off. Although this time, the game did not freeze before hand. Later on, even in Minecraft, same issue, does anybody know any solution, this is the first time this PC has done that, this PC is just a little over a year old.
Windows 7 Home Premium
Service Pack 1
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 530 @ 2.93GHz / 2.93GHz
RAM: 4,00 GB (2,99 GB available)
32 bit operating system
Any help would be appreciated if anymore information about this system is needed please let me know, so you can help me solve this issue. And no it is not a blue screen with error messages, it is just like the monitor is turned off, but the lighting behind the screen is still on.
Hope to hear from any of you,
Answer by catchatyou · Jun 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
You haven't told me what kind of computer that you have, but if it's a laptop, it's most likely overheating. To resolve overheating issues, clean out your fans. Compressed air usually does the trick!
Answer by roguekiller23231 · Jun 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
i'm 99% sure this is a driver crash, your graphics drivers are crashing. the black screen you see is the drivers software trying to recover the crashed drivers. if you wait about 5 minutes it usually comes back on but a restart is nearly always needed to stop it happening again during that session.
the fix, update your graphics drivers. if you are unaware as to what graphics card you have use [speccy] to find out what graphics card and model you have, go to the manufacturers website and download the latest drivers with there software.
once installed hopefully they have sorted out the crash issue with the new drivers.
also looking at some of the pics you have uploaded of speedfan with your GPU running at 104C, this a little alarming, it's reaching it's maximum operating temperature. either turn down the settings from quality to performance in the software that is associated with the GPU, eg
Intel - Intel Control Center
Nvidia - Ntune
ATI -Catalyst control center
this might help with the heat issue, or lower the graphics settings in game.
since it's a desktop, i suspect that the case is inadequate for the components, it's not providing enough airflow to the graphics card, you need to get a 'bay' cooler, you can pick them up at most PC type stores, instore or online, place one under the graphics card in the expansion slot underneath it to help with airflow.
Some older graphics drivers have issues with not turning the fans up enough on the graphics card when the temperature rises, this might also be an issue that you have, newer drivers might help lower the temperature of the card. : http://www.piriform.com/speccy
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