Computer keeps crashing

By kacpraki
May 1, 2011
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  1. Hello!

    I have been experiencing a problem with my pc recently (Windows Vista, service pack 2). Basically it crashes in games. It has never done this before, it started about a week ago. It crashes in games i've played before with no problems.

    I get about 5 minutes of gameplay and then the screen goes black and the sound repeats itself.

    Pc specs:

    Windows Vista service pack 2
    Nvidia geforce gt220
    3gb RAM
    intel core duo E7500 2.93 ghz
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Follow this guide to get into Event Viewer and try to find the report generated when the crash occurred to see what it reports. It will most likely be under Applications and Services.

    Check that your Graphics card is clean and the fan is running freely, blow it out with a can of compressed air. Remove the card and clean the contacts with a soft pencil eraser (up and down not from end to end), repeat this with your memory sticks.

    You could also try running with just one memory stick installed and then swap them over to try with the other one if the problem persists.
  3. kacpraki

    kacpraki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks a lot, i have cleaned the pc we will see what happens.

    I dont have a compressed air can, but i have an airsoft gun and a vacuum cleaner :)

    after many wonder-filled sighs when i saw the huge dust clouds the battery of the gun ran out :p
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    So there was a lot of dust in there, it might have been overheating but we will see.

    Do not use a vacuum cleaner

    They are prone to get highly charged with static electricity which can cause irreparable damage to your PC.
  5. kacpraki

    kacpraki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yep cleaned it and everything works. Thanks a lot Mark56 :)
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    Your welcome.

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