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Blank screen after starting a game

By MetallicDragon
Aug 6, 2006
  1. After running World of warcraft, and after a few seconds (maybe 5-30), the screen goes blank and the monitor acts like its not getting a signal. My computer is still running but won't react to any buttons I press (at least not on the screen). I think it may be my graphics card overheating. I haven't had this problem before, but this morning my computer was making a loud sound like a fan was clogged so I blew a bunch of dust out of my case.
    I have a 6600 GT by the way, and it has been working for quite a long time.
     
  2. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Are you sure your card is compatilble with your mobo? also, try updating the video drivers.
     
  3. MetallicDragon

    MetallicDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am pretty sure my video card is compatible with my motherboard because I've been using it for at least a year now. Also I updated my drivers just last week but I'll update them then.

    EDIT: I just checked and I have the latest Drivers from nvidia.
     
  4. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    How many watts do you get with your PSU? Also, give me all your system specs. I found a place to calculate your specs and get the right amount of wattage.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It might be the CPU heatsink getting overclogged or it's the video card's heatsink.
     
  6. MetallicDragon

    MetallicDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...roduct=371643&lang=en&cc=us&docname=c00041542
    That is my computer, except I have replaced the graphics card with a Geforce 6600GT, added 512 MB of ram, and replaced the PSU with a 300W "allied" brand one. I have also added an X-fi extreme music edition soundcard from creative. I also replaced the heatsink on my processor because the old one was falling off, several months ago.

    I have also ran the Nvidia heat monitoring program and it reported temperatures well within the norm, but I don't know how to measure CPU heat.

    Edit: I am increasingly starting to think that this is a PSU problem, as I just barely have the minimum wattage, and also this started yesterday and that morning there was a power outage, it could have damaged PSU maybe? Well I'm getting a new one today as well as a UPS
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Get one from a reputed brand. These include Antec, Fortron FSP, Thermaltake, Enermax, OCZ and PC Power & Cooling.
     
  8. MetallicDragon

    MetallicDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I bought a 400W PSU and it seems to be working fine! Yay!
     
  9. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Good to hear. What brand did u buy? The reason I stress the importance of a good quality PSU is because if u buy a cheap quality one, it might take down almost ur entire system when it blows, since such PSU's do not have proper protection in them.
     
  10. MetallicDragon

    MetallicDragon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I bought a CompUSA brand one, was the only ones they had. I also bought a UPS, because I think it blew out because of a power outage the morning before it started not working.
     
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I've personally never heard of that brand. Why didn't u order online. U could've got a good one for a relatively cheap price.
     
  12. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Its probably like an Antec, only sold by CompUSA, they put a sticker on it, kind of like powercolor and ATI.
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Hmm I didn't know about that. Thanks for the info sw123!
     
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