Pc keeps restarting when playing game???

May 9, 2010 at 09:01:46
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I have this problem every time when i start
a game it keeps restarting.. PLEASE HELP I

History :

1 year ago :

When i connected my GFX in my pc it made a
strange noise like sharp(if i ran a game). So i
was looking for what was making that sound .
It was the Gfx Fan.

Anyway, 10 months later (after playing tons of
games) It restarted once in a week(while
playing a game ofc).1 month later, everyday
once..1 month ( now ) it restarts every time
when i play a game.

So today i reinstalled windows xp.

So i did a few steps :

Step 1 : Remove dust. So i cleaned every part
of my computer with compressed air (dust

After that i tryed to play my game again.
BOOM it restarted right away.

So i searched on forums for some tips. I saw
something about overheathing.

Step 2 :
So i bought 2 fans and placed 1 in the
direction of my GFX . and the other one to my

The moment of truth ... BOOM it restarted....

I was really sad..

Step 3 : So i brought it to Store.

so i went to their store and played 30 mins on
my own pc. And everything was fine!

I was really really happy. so i went home and
connected everything and BOOM

Step 4 :
I went to my control panel ---> system and
removed the X from Restarting. It could gave
me a blue screen after it restarts. But it gave
me nothing.

Step 5 : Checking for virus , Checking my
event log
I found loads of thing in my event log about
Service control manager wich sended a alert to
my Alert service lol...

Btw : I found no virus

Step 6 : Returning to the store .. So i was
there but the guy who repairs computers
comes an hour later. So i conected their
cabels on my pc and started my pc.

So i checked if it still works in this store. But
when i started my game BOOM it restarted.
So i went home .

Next day the store called me And told me that
its fixed again. THIS TIME I AsKED WHAT
THEY DID . They said nothing it worked just
like that. I Said how long is it working now.
They said 6 hours. WTTTFFFF?????

I brought it home and conected everything .
Started the game and it didn't restart. Next
day i wanted to play my game. And BOOM
restarts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAHHH

So my brother told me mamby its your game.
So i installed loads of other games and it is
still the same problem whit every game.

So i went to a forum and i read something
about emerency shutdown temputure in PC
health(in BIOS). I went to my BIOS and i didnt
found this "Pc health" .

Step 7 : I went to an other forum and read
something about fan speed. That you can
change it whit an software. I tryed that but still
same fan speed .

I also tryed thing whit Speedfan : But every
thing is cooled and not overheated.

I think there are 2 things that might solve this

1. Update my bios and find that Pc health
2. MY GFX is totally broke...( im afraid that if i
buy an new gfx that its still not solved) And im
not that rich :P

If you need any of my System information
please ask me what things u need to know


PS : Sorry for my english . Im not english but
dutch :P

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May 9, 2010 at 16:23:25
Is this a name brand PC, like HP, Dell, etc. ? They usually have limited options in the bios, though there still might be something for the shutdown temperature. You might have to explore different menus to find it-it might not be listed under PC Health. Also, I would suggest that you do NOT update the bios, at least for now. You could use a live CD, such as the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows. You could then run memtest to check the RAQM, and also you should be able to disable Automatically Restart-that might work if you were getting a BSOD. Then the next time you get a blue screen, write down the code numbers and post them here or do a Google search. You can also go to Event Viewer to learn more about the error message, or use a program like BlueScreenView: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
As far as checking temperatures, you also might be able to do that in the bios, or else a program like Real Temp might be better than speed fan.

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May 9, 2010 at 21:42:53
I would concentrate on two things first. (no BIOS update at this point)
First, go to video card manufacturer's site and download/update video driver and restart.
Second, run Memtest (mentioned very briefly above) as this will find out if your problem is memory (RAM) failing. Your problem is very similar to one I had recently, it started out only occasionally, but began happening more often, especially when stressing the system more (as in a game) and that turned out to be a bad stick of RAM. Memtest is a free download that you can boot from, you either get an installer that will create a bootable floppy, or you download an ISO image that you burn to a CDr. If it runs through all 8 tests (I think it's 8), your OK, but if you have a problem, rerun with each RAM stick separately if you have more than one, to find out which is the bad one and replace.
If these do not help, post back what you did and the results as well as system specs.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 10, 2010 at 02:02:14
I agree with the others about running Memtest but this statement bothers me.

"When i connected my GFX in my pc it made a
strange noise like sharp(if i ran a game). So i
was looking for what was making that sound .
It was the Gfx Fan."

Does it still make the noise? If not what, if anything did you do to correct this?

I am not a big fan of GFX that is to say I don't have much experience with it. I know there are temp sensors that will shutdown the system when the temp goes up and have heard there are some high end motherboards that will shut you down if the fan is not detected regardless of temp.. Also if the fan on the video card is not spinning it may not warm up until under load such as playing a game. I would also be willing to bet that when the tech at the store is testing your system he has the cover off and working in a well air conditioned room but, they should have noticed if the fan was not running.

Until you can run memtest I would be looking at prices on ram and a compatible video card. Not saying you need either at this point just be good to know who has it and how much it is when you know for sure what the problem is.


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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May 10, 2010 at 04:01:09
Well i tried that memtest and my pc restarted right away?

My Gfx still makes that sound,..

My ram = 1023mb

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May 10, 2010 at 20:32:42
Not sure of the sound but it needs attention. Maybe the fan is out of line and the blades are hitting or someyhing like that. This may or may not be the cause of your restarting but it needs to be dealt with reguardless. Could be the video card is going bad, may have been going when you got it. Was it new?

How many sticks of ram do you have? Take out all but one and run the test again with each individual stick. If you only have one replace it.


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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May 10, 2010 at 20:42:20
Did memtest give you any error before your system rebooted?


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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May 11, 2010 at 04:17:42
Well aftere replacing my ram it still restarts + memtest didnt
gave me any error,

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May 11, 2010 at 06:19:08
Are you running your machine and many other peripherals on a multiplug? have you checked your power supply? this sounds very much like a power issue to me ie: your machine pulls only so much current when in windows but when you start to play said game(what is it btw?) your GFX demands more power that your PSU can't supply.

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May 11, 2010 at 14:11:55
i do not use multiplug no?

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May 11, 2010 at 19:50:54
It is looking like your problem is either power supply, or video card, or video card is too much draw for the power supply at full load. Post back exact model of video card and power supply (at least detailed specs on power supply - wattage, etc.), and more system specs so we can better judge.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 12, 2010 at 03:13:23
My specs :

IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® Dual core CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz, 2000

NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT( with fans)

Ram : 1023 mb

powersupply : Ac input : 200- 230v

it also says : (3.3v % +5v = 150w max) Total output
continuous shall not exceed 250watts max.

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May 14, 2010 at 12:01:50

what should i do?

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May 14, 2010 at 12:54:45
How many amps on the +12V rail ?

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May 14, 2010 at 20:12:58
Are you letting Windows manage your memory?

1. Right click My Computer and press Properties
2. Select the Advanced tab
3. Press the Settings button under Performance
4. Select the Advanced tab
5. Press the Change button under Virtual memory
6. Select System Managed size and press the Set button and Yes, if prompted
7. Press OK, OK, and OK
8. Shutdown and restart you computer.

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May 14, 2010 at 22:25:06
There is your problem, 250 watts are not enough your system and for this video card together. Their site faq:

Q: What are the recommended power supplies for the NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS cards in single and multi-GPU configurations?
A: GeForce 8600 GTS requires a minimum 350W or greater system power supply for a single card or 450W or greater system power supply for SLI.

And that is for the GTS, the GT draws more.

You will need a larger power supply to run this video card. Under light use, you are able to use it, but when you put it under true 3D rendering, like in your game, it's amperage draw goes up and since there is nothing else there, the voltage supplied to your motherboard drops and triggers the restart.
You will find very little price difference between 350w, 400w, and even 500w power supplies, so there is no need to go with the minimum, but you would be advised for gaming to go above the base $30.00 and $40.00 models (a little higher if price is not too critical for you).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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