Solved Laptop shuts down unexpectedly while gaming

June 11, 2011 at 00:19:02
Specs: Windows 7
Laptop shuts down unexpectedly while playing WOW. It happens sporadically and without any warning (no popup windows or boxes). It seems to be only while playing WOW and I had to update the game after a long period of not playing it. However when I used to play my computer didn't have any problems.

Any ideas what could be causing this?


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#1
June 11, 2011 at 12:49:28
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There are any number of different things that could cause it to just shut down without warning. Do you get any error codes, bluescreens, etc before it shuts down? If so, please post what you get. If no errors pop up, it might be overheating. Many components in your system, especially the processor and graphics chip, will automatically shut the system down if they hit a certain temperature, mainly to prevent permanent damage from occurring. Since you are using a laptop and this is a pretty common mistake to see people make, do you have your laptop sitting on a pillow/blanket when you use it?? If so, stop doing that. Keep it on a hard surface, it needs to breathe and just because you are comfortable using it in bed doesn't mean that the laptop is.

Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower

AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz @ 3.8GHz stock heatsink

2x2GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-21 tRC 28 2T

Nvidia GTX 460 1GB MF'd by Nvidia @ 805MHz Core / 1.61GHz Shader


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#2
June 11, 2011 at 12:51:29
Also, get a can of compressed keyboard duster, put the extension hose on it, and blow into every single open slot you can find. Could be that there is a crapload of dust clogging the airflow/fan.

Antec Three Hundred Mid Tower

AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4GHz @ 3.8GHz stock heatsink

2x2GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz @ 7-7-7-21 tRC 28 2T

Nvidia GTX 460 1GB MF'd by Nvidia @ 805MHz Core / 1.61GHz Shader


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#3
June 11, 2011 at 18:28:52
It's not sitting on any pillows, it's on a laptop holder with fans in it to help air circulate. However my laptop brand (HP DV6 I think) is notorious for getting super hot , however I have deleted the game, then redownloaded and reinstalled it. Played last night for several hours without a problem, so it seems to be working. Hopefully...

Could it have been because the game was copied and pasted from another person's computer and wasn't properly installed?


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