Computer Beeps and Turns Off While Gaming

August 23, 2010 at 02:30:35
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I have a problem with my computer, when I play a game the computer beeps two or three times then just shuts down.

It's an old computer; I don't know the exact model, as my mother bought it, all I know is that it's an LG, running XP, bought around 2003-ish.

The game that it did this with most recently is Rome: Total War, which is a very old game, and I've played it on this computer before, so I know it can run RTW.

Before that, it did the same thing with Medieval II: Total War (again, I'd played it before on this PC without any real problems) and once with FIFA 10, though I think that still works OK (I haven't played it since, however).

This isn't the first time I've installed RTW on this PC, I uninstalled it a couple of years ago when this happened, and now I wanted to try and see if it worked.

It plays normally for about 7 minutes (I timed it), and then just beeps, then the PC goes on normally for a second, and then it beeps again and just shuts down. Recently - this happened for the first time today - it also did this repeatedly while I tried to turn the computer back on, though eventually it worked.

Thanks for any help.

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August 23, 2010 at 05:14:49
System is overheating & shutting down to protect itself from burning out altogether. When's the last time you opened the case & blew the dust out of it?

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August 23, 2010 at 07:43:42
Thanks for the advice.

No idea when the last time was - I'll try that.

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August 24, 2010 at 03:58:05
I've tried getting the dust out, and it does last longer - but it still does it.

The beeps are slightly different now, different pitch and it lasts longer before shutting down. One of the three times it's done it since the dust was cleaned out was when it was turning on after it happening during gameplay, the other two were during gameplay. Once it did the beeps while turning on but didn't turn off.

Do you (or anyone else) have any more suggestions?


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