Monitor shutting off randomly, PC locks up.

By helheimer
Oct 22, 2007
  1. This is an issue i've been having with windows xp 32bit professional edition.

    I've used out of the box video drivers and updated drivers from ati.

    The card is radeon x1650 HIS

    The motherboard is MSI k8t800

    This computer currently has service pack 2 and all the updates.

    I've switched OS to XP 64bit and had no problem with the computer locking up and the monitor shutting off. However that was a whole other ordeal with trying to get service pack 2 to install. So i went back to 32 bit edition and am once again having this issue. I'm not sure if it's video driver related or what, if anyone has any idea or a hint of a direction i should pursue i would be very grateful, thanks.
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The graphics issue might be a red herring.
    Check the board for visible signs of overcooked capacitors - bulging or discoloured.
    Download Everest from and run to check your PSU volts - if more than a few percent adrift it might need replacement. This can also tell you if things are running hot.
  3. Hennessy

    Hennessy TS Rookie

    check the cables, and do those tests albert gave you in his post
  4. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    When U say you went back to 32bit, is it a fresh install, or the old one?
  5. Stick'o ram

    Stick'o ram TS Rookie Posts: 178

    You said your computer worked fine before you tried to install SP2?

    I know that ATI and VIA have had a hard time fixing a bug between the two companys that makes the computer freeze and the video to either go black or turn to a all blue screen. This might be caused by the upgrade of your OS, try looking up infinite loop error and hopefully this isn't your problem.
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