Black-out.. Again!?

By Xyxoz ยท 6 replies
Nov 6, 2006
  1. Hello everyone.
    I've asked before, and I've done one thing about it, which didn't seem to fix my problem.

    Pentium 4 Northwood 3,2GHz
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb
    Kingston ValueRam PC3200 (2x512)

    It happens irregularly - the screen goes black and shows "no signal" and the sound stops playing. I have to turn the power off and on again to even make it work, as it doesn't reboot itself.
    What one of the possibilities could be, was a faulty PSU, which I eliminated by buying an Antec 500W PSU, which is just an overkill for my machine.

    Ok, so I went playing. I played for almost a week (my screen usually would have went black already after that long) and thought: "Hey, no blackout after a week!? My problem must be fixed!" and I was all happy. But what happened just today? I think you can tell.

    Before the PSU-switch my CPU-temperature maxed at 65 celcius degrees, and now it maxes at 63.
    But as I mentioned above, I could run a lot longer with the new PSU, than I could with the old one. I have no idea why it is like that, but my only thought is the small temperature change.

    Now I'm just wondering.. Is the CPU-temperature the problem now, or is it a completely different thing?
    I would greatly appreciate help, as I'm so sick of this problem, and I don't have money to buy a whole new computer.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    It could be temperature related, video card or cpu. Can you take the side of the case off and blow a regular house fan on it?

    Also check the Event Viewer for anything strange happening around the time this happens.
  3. Xyxoz

    Xyxoz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    I don't have a house fan.
    There's nothing strange in the event viewer.

    But if it was the graphics card overheating - Wouldn't the sound keep playing?

    EDIT: Just a note:
    I've been running with an old Geforce MX graphics card, before I switched my PSU, and I never got a blackout with that. Would that lead you to think, that it's the graphics temperature? I've heard they can run under very high temperatures though.
  4. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Its sounds like a failing Video card
  5. Xyxoz

    Xyxoz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Smore -> Which would mean, I have to replace it? Aw *censor* ^^
    Would you suggest a cheap graphics card, that's just as good as Club 3d ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb? Remember it has to be AGP.

    I really hope, that this can be fixed in another way, but if it can't, it seems like I have to do it..
  6. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    Run diagdx on the command line and see if notice any issues/conflicts in the settings. You cannot change anything in this, just a diagnostic software

    you can also run winmsd and see if you see any issues/conflicts
  7. Xyxoz

    Xyxoz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    All right, I'll test it when I get home.

    But if it was the graphics card - Wouldn't the sound continue playing?
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