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Laptop goes black and comes back on

By nezeyj
Jun 29, 2008
  1. Hello, my parents recently got a new laptop and I am having troubles when using it. I coppied the program files of a computer game ( WoW ) on to my iPod from my computer and tried playing it on my parents' laptop. Aside from a bit of lag it starts off perfectly fine. But im not sure what's wrong with it but after 2 minutes or so, it the screen starts to go black for 2 seconds, and the laptop is stil running, then the laptop just acts like nothing happened and it works again. This happens like at least once a minute. Please help! :wave:
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    There is an issue with WOW on some video cards
    If all other games work well, then you can expect the WOW is the problem not your Laptop.
    Is WOW that wow? Or can you live without it, running on your laptop?

    You can use the Search button here, to see many threads (including some current) about users with similar experiences with WOW.
    Usually at a dozen goes of, "try this" The problem still exists.
    I'm sure the game developers are aware of this, with many forums including their own, stating this exact issue on some hardware.
  3. nezeyj

    nezeyj TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Thx for the tips, and the fast reply :D

    WoW isnt that wow, but you see im sorta stuck at my grandparent's house for 2 months ( visiting them for the summer ) and i don't have much to do here.

    Looks like I'm gona have to find a different way to avoid my boredom:evil:

    Thx again
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Sounds good :)

    Here's some useless stuff:-

    I got all this from forums.worldofwarcraft

    I found 81.98 works great displaying videos & DVD's in windows, and running WoW http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp-2k_archive.html
    Uninstall Nvidia display driver through add/remove programs in the control panel.
    Make sure to run Driver Cleaner Pro to remove all of the NVIDIA garbage left behind after the uninstall:
    Download install the following driver: Geforce 81.98

    Set Performance and Quality settings
    Antialiasing and Anistropic settings to application controlled

    Go to your desktop properties (XP) and then the settings tab, click on advanced then the troubleshoot tab and click off 'Enable Write Combining'.

    Turn ON Vertical sync and lower all other video settings in video settings in the game.

    I think that the fix lies within the Config.wtf file in the World of Warcraft folder in c:/program files/world of warcraft/ WTF
    You can open it with a text editor (wordpad), and then type in...
    SET gxApi "opengl"
    See if that helps.
    If not, try
    SET gxApi "direct3d" instead

    It seems to be a major problem with some Nvidia seriers cards and only in World or Warcraft.
    It's a problem with wow imo, not the card.
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