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PC crashing while playing WoW


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ifyouseekay

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I've played WoW a lot for the past 2 years but haven't had this problem until about a month ago.

I seem to get random crashes.

First the screen will freeze itself for about 2-3 seconds. During this period I can still hear the sound or static at least. Then my computer will just shut itself down instantly, although the power is still on. Sometimes it will then come back on on it's own. Other times I'll have to turn the power off and on for it to come back on. Sometimes that doesn't even work and I have to unplug it entirely.

I've found that if I keep my computer shut off at night, it'll be fine for quite a bit of the next day. But once it does start crashing, the crashes become more and more frequent until I just get fed up, call it a day, and keep it off entirely.

I reformatted my about 2 weeks after it started happening but that didn't help, so it's probably a hardware issue. I'm hoping you guys have a solution, or you can at least identify the piece of hardware causing this so I can replace it.

Thanks!
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Hi :whistling:

Sounds like an overheating problem, how is the cooling in your case? Also- what video card are you running and how much system ram?
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I'm using a GeForce 6600, with 1G of RAM.

I'm not sure how to check the cooling.
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It sounds alot like overheating caused by the graphics card. Look inside your case check that theres a clear airflow coming in and out. My mates pc had a geforce 6200 it would always overheat but he installed another fan and it seemed to be ok. If there is another card e.g. sound card next to the graphics card move it along on onto a different PCI slot if you have one as this will make the graphics card cooler. Also if there is alot of dust get a vacum cleaner out and take the dust away but be carefull with it.
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