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Problem With Monitor Being Shut Off During A 3D Game

By Rude_rocker8632 ยท 15 replies
Feb 24, 2006
  1. I have pretty much the same problem everyone else has been having in a few of the thread i have read about before posting this one but if anyone forgets how it goes here it is

    i'll start a 3d game then about 3-15 minutes later (it varies) my monitor will shut off and go into it's off mode the video card i have is a RADEON X600 Pro i think and it works for every other NON 3d program on my computer I have tried everything everyone has stated on this subject including the MEMTEST program and just wanted to get a fresh breath on this the only thing i can't really do readily is replace the card i am a little fund-negative at the moment so any new fresh fun ideas would be a welcome thing

    also i do NOT have the net at home there fore it will take me a day or two to reapond
  2. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Are you sure it's the monitor shutting down and not the video card? It makes no sense that the monitor would shut down when you're playing a 3D game, the monitor doesn't care, the video card would. My guess is that your video card is overheating, so you should clean your case of all dust and remove and clean the video card thoroughly. Clean the fan of the video card and CPU cooler. If you have to, remove the side of the case and put a house fan blowing on the PC and start a 3D game. See what happens then.

  3. Rude_rocker8632

    Rude_rocker8632 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm sorry for taking a long while to respond and i will try what you said even though i have done that before and i might work but i have to admit now that i think about it it sounds like an over heating problem if you've got any other ideas i'd love to hear them thank you
  4. Rude_rocker8632

    Rude_rocker8632 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i tried what you said and i worked for a few of my games like friday night pool and a few others but when i tried HL2 it shut down in like 30 seconds i'm gonna have to get a new card aren't i???
  5. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Well the X600 is a pretty old card and not very powerful compared to todays higher end cards, like X800 and nVidia 6800 series or higher. Go to Newegg.com and look for something in your price range. You'll be surprized at how many better cards are out there and at a reasonable price.

  6. Rude_rocker8632

    Rude_rocker8632 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    can that newegg.com website have it's products delivered to my door in canada?? and are the prices in US dollars?
  7. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Ok if you're canadian, like me, you can go to Tigerdirect.ca or Anitec.ca or ExtremePC.ca. Yeah, no sense in paying for the extra shipping and boarder crossing expense.
  8. Rude_rocker8632

    Rude_rocker8632 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    just one more question..... i noticed when i tried to load a certain game it said my card was RADEON X600/X800 what the hell does that mean

    P.S. It is an overheating problem
  9. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    It's related to the driver you use to run your X600, it's probably the same ATI level as the X800. Your game access the driver to recognize your card and see it as 1 in the same.

  10. BlackHawk31

    BlackHawk31 TS Rookie

    Me too fellas, I have had the same problem as the thread starter here. Except my game was with WoW. It's exactly the same thing, what would you recommend that i do? i tried almost anything.
  11. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Well then you can guess it's most likely your video card overheating. Did you clean the card with compress air? Do you have good case ventilation and fans? If not remove the side and put a house fan on it to see if this helps. If it continues to crash, it might be your PSU overheating. you can replace that cheaply and easily.

  12. Leep

    Leep TS Rookie

    I havd had a similar problem guys and this is my first post, so if I am not doing this exactly right , forgive me.
    I have a HP a1230n computer which I put in a bigger case so i would have more room for fans and such.
    I had an ATI X800 PCI Express card and replaced that with an ATI X850 and had the same /similar problem with both cards.
    I would be playing a game and then suddenly I would get a high pitched scream in my headphones and the game/computer wouldlock up-with both cards.
    With the X850, at times i would have to unplug the computer to get it to start...
    I have an ASUS Motherboard and a tech friend of mine said it is a conflict somewhere- sound card/video/motherboard drivers?
    I updated the bios on the Motherboard and got the newest Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS--and the ATI X850.
    So after i get credit back from Newegg, I am going to get the Asus 6800 card from Nvidia as the tech said it will be a better match with the ASUS Motherboard??

    Any Ideas guys?
  13. musixdude

    musixdude TS Rookie

    Same thing happeend to me...

    I had this same issue a few days ago. I downed new drivers, directx, format, tested power, heat, etc. Nothing worked, this only happens in Direct X games, not Windows apps explorer, word anything. I formatted my drive thinking it may be a virus, then I found this.


    Try this before doing anythign else. Let us know if this works..
  14. alrek

    alrek TS Rookie

    i had the same problem with my computer running a Radeon 9550 video card after i updated the ATI catalyst drivers. i had to update the drivers to get most games to even show video properly and it didnt seem to matter which version i tried update to i still had same problem.

    looking for a solution i checked out a number of websites where the most common answer given was to update all your drivers or it is a cooling issue and video card is shutting down because of overheating. but after i found the ATI Catalyst Tweak Guide and read that, i found a fix that worked for me

    I found the solution for me was to open the Catalyst control center and go into the smartgart settings and lower my AGP speed from 8x to 4x and turn off fast write and on restarting the computer i went into bios and changed the AGP settings in bios to the same.

    i have found that game prefemance has not been really reduced by doing this but the video card is now much more stable and i havent had the monitor switch off once on me yet since i changed it

    this has helped me maybe it will help you too
  15. danno57

    danno57 TS Rookie

    I signed up just to tell you the solution for this annoying problem (playing battlefield 2 for about 15 minutes then the monitor goes into sleep mode, but you can still hear the sound and can't get the monitor on again. I know its an old post but its number 1 in google search so :)

    Go into the BIOS and make sure your video card aperature size is set correctly, (mb) mine was set to 125mb when i have a x1950 pro which is 256mb.

    It solved my problem!!
  16. EnJoy_iT

    EnJoy_iT TS Rookie

    I hade a nVidia gForce before, and no problem, now i have an ATI....and i have the same problem...

    So i thought its the ATI that would be more for videos or i dont know, and nvidia more for games

    In not a specialist, but it make sens.

    And if the fan on a graph card is supposed to to cool the card, why does it not do his job.

    Never hade any problem with nVidia gForce....till it dies....so....
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