computer screen keeps going blank!

  AndyC121 17:08 23 Jul 06
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When playing particular computer games (CIV IV and Oblivion) after a short while my screen just goes blank, and the power button goes from green to amber. The computer itself seems to carry on as normal. If I am playing Football Manager or just using itunes the screen never goes blank.

I have to turn the computer off and then on again to re-use the computer, there then appear to be no apparent problens (unless I try and play either of the games again).

Any help on how to solve this would be much appreciated.

  Forum Editor 17:20 23 Jul 06

or a desktop PC?

  AndyC121 17:28 23 Jul 06

a desktop

  skidzy 17:30 23 Jul 06

System specs please Andy.

  AndyC121 17:32 23 Jul 06

sorry, the specs are.....

4600 AMD Processor,
2 gb memory
XFX 7800GT graphics card

I also have a Zalman cooler over the graphics card - I say this as I suspect over heating is the problem, though this is a guess

  phono 17:32 23 Jul 06

Probably totally wrong but try disabling any screen saver you may have and see if that helps.

  phono 17:36 23 Jul 06

Can you get back to Windows by using Alt + Tab or can you bring up Task Manager with Ctrl + Alt + Del?

  AndyC121 17:36 23 Jul 06

I have two hard drives, a raptor 36 gb, and maxtor 300gb - i noticed that the Raptor (one I keep games on) was getting full so I have freed up some space - not sure if this is part of the problem, though it wasn't affecting the Football manager game.

  AndyC121 17:39 23 Jul 06

Phono

Thanks for the ideas

I will disable the screen saver, but I have been actively using the computer when the problem has occurred.

And Ctrl+Alt+Del has not worked.

  skidzy 17:42 23 Jul 06

If the cooler is doing its job properly i would suspect faulty ram.
Do you have 2 1gb modules inserted ?

As you only need 512mb to run Oblivion,maybe trying one stick of ram at a time.Or try Memtest click here

  AndyC121 17:50 23 Jul 06

Skidzy,

thanks for the response.

yes I have 2 1gb modules - the problem only appears to be in particular games, would faulty ram not have an effect on all programmes?

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