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Ok this is the problem im having. When i am playing cs, or go to addicting games and play a game, or sometimes even randomly, my screen goes to standby mode (screen light starts flashing and display goes black) while the rest of the computer stays on. The computer light stays on, and no weird noises are heard, but all my music or anything i was doing stops immediately, and since the screen goes black i cant see what happens.

I've removed my second hardrive, i've tried taking out my current video card and installing the old one, i've even switched the ram into the other slot to see if there would be a difference. Also i've tried to change monitors, and it occurs on both, so i dont think it may be that.

I have no idea what the [bleep] is going on, or how to fix it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated...


Cliffs - screen goes to standby mode, computer stays on, need help fixing this.
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Hi, welcome to this site
remember we are working blind so bare with us
to help others reply to your question
if you haven't mentioned it yet:
- what model of computer
- what os, XPpro or home
- how old is it

to topic then
- if it is standby mode, what is set in powercfg.cpl
- how do you get out of it normally
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sorry for the lack of info, here it is:

I've had the computer for about 5 years now
Its an Intel Pentium 4, 1.6ghz
No Name Company (Millenium Computers)
256mb Ram
Nvidia Geforce 4 mx 4000
OS = Windows XP Home Edition

Not sure how to get to powercfg.cpl exactly, but in powersettings, everything is disabled, meaning that there is no turning off of the screen/hardisks and the system is never supposed to go to standby.

The only way to get out of the problem is by restarting.

Edited by Gops, 09 November 2006 - 06:57 PM.

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no problem powerconfig.clp is powersetting
256ram is not very much
- was it working before perfectly
- could it be tempature, what about blowing it with a air can

Edited by fleamailman, 09 November 2006 - 07:16 PM.

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no problem powerconfig.clp is powersetting
256ram is not very much
- was it working before perfectly


No not really. I installed 512mb of ram when i got the computer, and for the past 5 years its had constant problems, so i removed the 512, and most of those problems went away. The only problem i have is the computer doing this gay turnoff thingy.
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Not sure if this helps in anyway, but i just downloaded speedfan and did an indepth analysis on my 40gb hd and this is what it says...

Attribute Current Raw Overall
10 Raw Read Error Rate 100 0 Very good
10 Spin Up Time 84 2079 Very good
10 Start/Stop Count 99 892 Very good
6 Reallocated Sector Count 99 5 Good
10 Seek Error Rate 100 0 Very good
0 Power On Hours Count 46 35789 Watch
Warning: Power On Hours Count is below the average limits (59-98).
10 Spin Retry Count 100 0 Very good
10 Calibration Retry Count 100 0 Very good
10 Power Cycle Count 100 544 Very good
10 Read Soft Error Rate 100 0 Very good
10 Hardware ECC Recovered 100 9118368 Very good
10 Reallocated Event Count 100 0 Very good
10 Current Pending Sector 100 0 Very good
10 Offline Uncorrectable Sector Count 100 0 Very good
10 Ultra DMA CRC Error Rate 184 16 Very good
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recap
- isn't the monitor because you have changed them same result
- isn't the ram or at least the one bar of 512 was a bad idea
- isn't the temprature but that is not when the game is playing

OK, I will be honest and say that it isn't clear to me but the options are
- do a spring clean of system to flush out any glitches
- restore the system to a point prior to the problem
- update the video driver if possible
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recap
- isn't the monitor because you have changed them same result
- isn't the ram or at least the one bar of 512 was a bad idea
- isn't the temprature but that is not when the game is playing

OK, I will be honest and say that it isn't clear to me but the options are
- do a spring clean of system to flush out any glitches
- restore the system to a point prior to the problem
- update the video driver if possible


Hmm, thanks anyways bud.

-i've allready restored the system like 100 times, but it doesnt do a thing.
-there is no update for the video driver
-not sure what you mean by "spring clean" but basically all the parts in the computer, apart from the video card (which as i said i tried removing), are stock. So no idea what the [bleep] is up with the computer, but its really pissing me of.
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Just a quick question, could all of these be symptoms of a computer overheating?
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You checked for the latest graphics driver here right?

--bmwboy

Edited by bmwboy, 09 November 2006 - 08:20 PM.

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You checked for the latest graphics driver here right?

--bmwboy


yessir.

By the way, i think i may have figured it out. I've had the speedfan thing on for the whole time, and the moment my HD hit 50C, my computer crashed. Granted i was allowed to restart while the value was still there, could it be the hardrive overheating, and turning off the computer as a precaution (which i dont know how to relate to my screen going into standby mode, but eh)

Edited by Gops, 09 November 2006 - 08:36 PM.

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a springclean as in the below, hoping to make the system lighter



Time to use your "runbox" to clean your computer,
(all these steps are done with the run box then)

deleting the prefetch files
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runbox command
- press keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: prefetch
- press: enter
(the prefetch folder opens)
- press: ctrl + a
(select all is the same)
- press: shift + del
(deletes without prompt)

disc clean up
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runbox command
- press keyboard buttons:winkey + r
- paste: cleanmgr.exe
- choose drive(normally C: )
- press: enter
(this process can take a long time)

checkdisk
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runbox command
- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: chkdsk /f /r
- press: enter
( black window appears)
- press: Y button
- press: enter
- reboot the comp
(this process is the longest, worse the screen may be
lost before hours later the computer arrives at the welcome screen)

disc defragmenter
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runbox command
- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: dfrg.msc
- press enter
(this process can take a long time)

deleting internet cookies, files and history
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- press the keyboard buttons: winkey + r
- paste in the slot: inetcpl.cpl
- press: enter
- click: delete cookies
- click: delete file
- click: clear history

disable unwanted startups
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runbox command
- press: winkey + r
- paste: msconfig
- press: enter
- click tab: start ups
- keep: the AV and firewall entriies enabled,
- disable: 100% unused or unneeded entries
- Unsure about the start up: http://www.bleepingc...r.com/startups/
(IMPORTANT: enable all startups before running the Hijackthis program)
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Thanks for taking the time to type that out fleamailman. Did all of that, but my computers still a piece of [bleep], so it still goes off, but less frequently. I guess because there is less running. Thanks bud.
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um, yes I typed that all out myself except that we all build canned replies here to use repeatedly, Ok, I am stumped more questions then
- how many things are runnig in msconfig, sevices
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um, yes I typed that all out myself except that we all build canned replies here to use repeatedly, Ok, I am stumped more questions then
- how many things are runnig in msconfig, sevices


Ahh aite. I have 42 things running in services, including microsoft services. Without microsoft services it is just 1 (Nvidia Display Driver)
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