Computer restarts when playing games

By louie31 · 8 replies
Oct 15, 2008
  1. hi there.. I'm new here...

    well i just search for forums about my PC restarts when i play games without the blue screen it just hangs for seconds and restarts like pressing the reset button ..sometimes even 5minutes into the game it restarts sometimes longer..
    it is like every time I play games my computer restarts...this is happening to me since 6months after we bought the PC... up to now about 2.1/2 years..

    my specs are:
    Motherboard:ECS KN1 SLI Extreme
    Graphic card:Inno 3d GeForce 6500
    Processor:AMD Althon 64 3000+
    OS: windows XP

    i searched forums to help me solve this problem and i learned it is heat problem but when we try to solve it my PC is still restarting..
    here is the temperatures from SpeedFan...


    Thanks in advance
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Have you checked your system tmperatures especially after gaming? Particularly check your video card fan and see if that and if your case fans are working.

    Gaming puts a load on your video card which results in more heat and if it gets too hot the system wiill shut down to prevent damage.
  3. louie31

    louie31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks... here is the temperatures while playing games...


    i've checked all the fans and all are working fine..i removed the side cover of the CPU to make it cooler but it still restarts when playing games...
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Three things:

    1. With your side panel off set a fan to blow into the PC at a low setting. Let us know if you still get crashes.

    2. What is the make, model and wattage of your power supply?

    3. Have you updated your drivers?

    * Also, at 59 degrees celcius your video card temperature is 138 degrees farenheit.
    I would check to see if your particualr card is okay with this temp.
  5. louie31

    louie31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    1. Yes it still restart when playing games.

    2. about that maybe this
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name SANTIAGO-70ED27
    User Name Louie

    CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 1800 MHz (9 x 200) 3000+
    Motherboard Name ECS KN1 SLI Extreme (3 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394)
    Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce4 SLI, AMD Hammer
    System Memory 1280 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award (07/08/05)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6500 (256 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA NV44
    Monitor LG L1750SQ [17" LCD] (1509110278)

    Audio Adapter nVIDIA MCP04 - Audio Codec Interface

    IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce4 ADMA Controller
    IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce4 ADMA Controller
    IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce4 Parallel ATA Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller AHMDV5WX IDE Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive ST3160215AS (149 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive ASUS DVD-ROM E616 (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
    Optical Drive HP DVD Writer 635d
    Optical Drive RIHYJKV FOX6N4LA SCSI CdRom Device
    Optical Drive RIHYJKV FOX6N4LA SCSI CdRom Device
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    C: (NTFS) 152617 MB (129335 MB free)

    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse HID-compliant mouse

    Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller - Packet Scheduler Miniport
    Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC (
    Network Adapter WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface (
    Modem SoftV92 Data Fax Modem #2

    Printer HP PSC 500
    Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
    USB1 Controller nVIDIA MCP04 - OHCI USB Controller
    USB2 Controller nVIDIA MCP04 - EHCI USB 2.0 Controller
    USB Device USB Human Interface Device

    about the wattage i didn't know how to know that so this may help:: sorry i am a newb :)
    this also include temperatures from EVEREST home Edition.

    Sensor Properties:
    Sensor Type ITE IT8712F (ISA 290h)
    GPU Sensor Type Driver (NV-DRV)
    Motherboard Name ECS KN1 Series

    Motherboard 60 °C (140 °F)
    GPU 52 °C (126 °F)
    Seagate ST3160215AS 44 °C (111 °F)

    Cooling Fans:
    CPU 5273 RPM
    Chassis 5625 RPM
    Power Supply 3516 RPM

    Voltage Values:
    CPU Core 1.41 V
    +2.5 V 2.61 V
    +3.3 V 3.31 V
    +5 V 5.05 V
    +12 V 12.03 V
    +5 V Standby 4.95 V
    VBAT Battery 3.04 V
    Debug Info F 1F 1E 30
    Debug Info T 60 59 21
    Debug Info V 58 CF A3 BC 5E 4B C1 (F7)

    3. yes i have, but only for my graphic card driver

    thanks in advance
  6. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Motherboard too hot, fans maxing out and unable to cope. You might do best to buy a special case designed for high cooling needs and get an expert to transfer all that kit (4 optical drives !!??)
  7. louie31

    louie31 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks... 60'C is too hot?? sometimes it reaches 62'C..

    no it is only 2.. the other 2 are virtual drives..

  8. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77 If you read the overclocking page, you will find this board does not overclock too well, and is prone to crashing as a consequence. This is then contradicted in the summary page, so.....I suggest that you raise this topic in the overclocking forum of this site, where you are likely to get much more informed advice on the 'best' setings for this board. That it ran for 6 months before these problems began is a good sign of heat-stressing, and the problem will only get worse.
  9. louie31

    louie31 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    also to update my problem...when i read the "infinite loop error" i followed one of the tip that
    says to put the RAM's on the 1st and 2nd slot... and if possible just use one memory...
    so i did just that... i left the 1gb memory and when i played a game.. my computer just hangs and did not restart .... when i put back the 256mb memory in the 3rd slot... when i played a game it still hangs and don't restart..

    and i had just posted on the overclocking forum..thanks again..

    sorry for my English..
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