I'm using a AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ 2.01 GHz and 3G of RAM. I am also using a GeForce 9400 GT PCI-E 2.0 1GB DDR2.
Recently my computer screen has been turning off. It will either go black or it will go grey. I am using a Dell flat screen monitor. I am not entirely sure what is making my screen do this. When this happens, the tower will stay powered on. I know that it has been extremely hot and humid here lately in California due to Monsoon season. Yesterday it was about 105 degrees with 56 percent humidity. I have been running SpeedFan 4.41. Core and everything else has been steady today at about 49c degrees. Yesterday, I opened up my computer after it the monitor turning off a couple times, and it seemed as if it helped from the air, because it didn't turn off for the rest of the day or night after that.
I do a lot of gaming on my computer. World of Warcraft is about 90% of the most gaming I do. I have had the computer for about 4 years now. Had to replace the video card once before because it blew up. Literally. I have never had any problems with my computer before this, I assumed it was from the heat, but at this point, I'm confused as to what it COULD be.
I have noticed that when it shuts itself off, I can hear things skipping. I let it stay off for a few seconds, leaned my head near the tower and heard a clicking noise. After this, I thought it could be my hard drive. I've had problems with hard drives previously, and they have never gone past the windows screen. They would keep shutting off.
The heatsink isn't very hot. It's just warm. I was thinking about gooing it, but if it isn't the problem, I don't want to mess with it. I haven't updated drivers for my video card, yet. I was about ready to, but thought I should ask someone in advance about this problem before I went out and did something myself.
Could heat and high humidity cause such a problem? At the time of the monitor shutting off, the core was at about 48c degrees, with both sides of my tower open.
If anyone could help with this problem, that would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance. :)