I'm new to this forum so pleased to meet you all.
My computer has recently started shutting down while playing games. For example Knights of the Old Republic 2, Rome Total War and Stronghold 2. This happens randomly but quite regularly and I have to keep saving my progress. Sometimes I get a bit of slowdown before it happens.
The main components are:
Athlon XP 2600 +
Radeon 9800 XT
About 750 MB of RAM
400 Watt Power supply
There are three main areas I suspect are wrong.
Firstly my CPU is running at over 4000 RPM but it is reaching temps in excess of 70 oC.
Secondly my power supply is fairly new and could be faulty. The system temp fan shows no RPM in BIOS although the fan is spinning at back of PSU. Is this normal?
Thirdly I've recently downloaded 5.4 catalyst drivers and I am not sure if there is a compatibility problem.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IT ONLY HAPPENS WHILE PLAYING GAMES.
At first I thought it was definitely the heat of the process but now I've read that it should be able to go up to 85 oC. The heat sink has lots of dust in it however.
Really, I just need help diagnosing the most likely problem to save money then I can deal with the problem from there. Secretly I'm hoping it is the PSU.
I hope this hasn't been too long winded and thanks for your time and help.
Edited by large jack, 18 May 2005 - 05:50 PM.