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Computer randomly turning off (but is still on?)

By Boozled
Dec 15, 2011
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  1. Hello this is my first time here and I've no idea what's wrong, so here's my problem:

    When I am playing a game (can be any game, or just browsing the internet) sometimes my computer will "turn off" for no reason.
    What happens is it stops sending a signal to the monitor and all my applications stop working (music stops, skype stops) but the lights, fans and everything keep going.

    After it does this I have to hold down my power button to turn it off and restart it.. It's really annoying and I do not know what is wrong with my PC. I got told it was my gfx drivers but I reinstalled them and a few days later it turned off again

    Computer specs:
    Mother/Mainboard: ASUStek P7H55-M/USB3
    CPU: Intel core i3 550 @ 3.20 GHz
    RAM: 1x2048MB DDR3
    Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,805   +158

    Try replacing the power supply first
  3. Boozled

    Boozled TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well usually it only happens when im playing one game (Counter-Strike:Source)

    I can play any other game now (it only happens for that game now) on high/ultra.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,805   +158

    So when you lower the video settings that game plays fine? If so, you may need a better video card
  5. Boozled

    Boozled TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What do you mean? If I lower the settings of CS:S?

    I can ply other games on the best settings so why would lowering CS:S settings make the problem go away ?

    Or am I reading what you said wrong
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,805   +158

    If you lower the settings of CS will it play properly? The 9600 is getting old. I ran one until about 2 months ago, then I upgraded to a GeForce 550TI. Have you tried updating the video cards drivers from here:
    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
  7. Boozled

    Boozled TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I have reinstalled the video card drivers alltogether three times and reinstalled/updated them and I still only get the problem with CS:S.

    I will try lowering the settings but I don't think that will do much as the game is 6 years old but it might work, will post back with results.
  8. Boozled

    Boozled TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Still turns off only for CS:S :(

    Really want to know why.
  9. cheeryabc

    cheeryabc TS Member Posts: 26

    Try this way :
    Create shotcut for game laucher program "cstrike.exe" on your desktop->right click icon ->select properties ->find the target location
    add "-width 800 -height 600 " at the end of location.
    this way to fixed your game resolution at 800 x 600

    eg:
    "E:\Games\CS\cstrike.exe"
    "E:\Games\CS\cstrike.exe" -width 800 -height 600


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