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BlitZ, The 57th

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#1 6 years ago

Recently I tried to re-install Star wars: Knights of the old republic on my Windows 7 laptop. Somewhere near the end, even though the installation is completed and it freezed over. So I had to end task it.

Attempting to play it resulted in an automatic full restart. As in I barely got past the black screen when you enter games and it sends me back to the start of switching on the laptop. The one with windows 7 logo and logging in etc.

It happened 3-5 times as I tried to play it with different compatibility modes. Now when I try to play Call of Duty:World at war on LAN with a couple of friends, my COD does the same crap where it automatically restarts the entire laptop. Although, the rest of the games seem to switch on just fine and play just fine. So I can rule out the possibility of it being my games or the temperature....

Main Point: I googled a bit and found that it may be a faulty graphic card, is it possible? Or is it just impossible for me to play COD:WAW anymore....?




D3matt

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#2 6 years ago

Try updating your drivers. Or if you've recently updated, try rolling back to a previous version. It doesn't sound like a faulty graphics card to me, a graphics is generally one of the most obvious problems and if you're not having other symptoms that's probably not it.

Also check the Event Viewer for any Warning level messages after it restarts.




BlitZ, The 57th

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#3 6 years ago

D3matt;5604663Try updating your drivers. Or if you've recently updated, try rolling back to a previous version. It doesn't sound like a faulty graphics card to me, a graphics is generally one of the most obvious problems and if you're not having other symptoms that's probably not it.

Also check the Event Viewer for any Warning level messages after it restarts.

I've recently updated my drivers according to the newer games.

Also what's this event viewer and where is it?

P.S. I have a few non-related questions that I feel I should ask in concern. Is switching the computer off by holding the power button harmful for the computer?

Also, is accidentally switching the power switch off harmful to the computer health?




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#4 6 years ago

BlitZ, The 57th;5604706 P.S. I have a few non-related questions that I feel I should ask in concern. Is switching the computer off by holding the power button harmful for the computer?

Also, is accidentally switching the power switch off harmful to the computer health?

Probably not for the hardware, but it might corrupt some system files which can't be saved before the PC turns off. Due to a strange problem with my previous motherboard I switched off my PC like this for about a year without any problems. But if you have a choice better turn it off normaly.




BlitZ, The 57th

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#5 6 years ago

Ahh, thanks. I was getting a little worried. My comp has been switched off straight from the power switch by accident about 5 times this month.... Also had to resort to holding power button to switch it off thanks to freezes from problematic games...




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#6 6 years ago

My Windows install takes hard shutdowns several times a day from bad hardware, and windows definitely slows down after a while, so I would try to avoid it.




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#7 6 years ago

Ok, I've found the event viewer and I have no idea how to check it.... THere are warnings but I have no knowledge whatsoever as to what causes what...

Recently found that my friends play age of empire 3 as well, and I went back to install it as well. Double clicking the icon, then going into the black screen before the game starts... It automatically restarts again...

I'm getting really frustrated by this, and it doesn't seem like it's a problem with my hard disk.

UPDATE: I tried switching off automatic restart on system failures.... And fortunately there isn't a BSOD, so I can rule out something to do with RAM (which happened to my old comp). Except it still gets frozen in a black screen...




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#8 6 years ago

Suggesting a drastic measure, but, have you tried just reformatting it? It sounds like a software issue to me, especially with all the hard shutdowns it would probably benefit you anyway. Just remember to back up your files first!


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BlitZ, The 57th

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#9 6 years ago
MoreGun89;5605012Suggesting a drastic measure, but, have you tried just reformatting it? It sounds like a software issue to me, especially with all the hard shutdowns it would probably benefit you anyway. Just remember to back up your files first!

Damn, I would prefer not to reformat... re-installing Adobe CS4 suite is a real bitch.

It's just a few games, not really necessary to go to that drastic of a measure. Just that, if it's possible, I would like to solve it (without reformats) and have a fun time with some friends. :( Ughh, just trying to get nostalgic with 1 classic game gets my laptop in a heap of bull dung.

EDIT: I noticed that the recently installed games are having the same symptoms where launching the game sends me into a freezing black screen. Might have something to do with the installation process(?)




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#10 6 years ago

Hmm, another possibility (just throwing things out hre at this point because I have no idea what hardware you're working with) could be that your laptop has a gaming graphic card and standard use card, I know Alienware at least does that as a standard. Does your laptop have two cards? If so, maybe there's a switching issue. If it doesn't I'm not sure. The guys already talking to you though are incredible guru's, if anyone can solve the problem without reformat, it would be them :)

EDIT: I know you probably already know them since you've been with the forum for so long, just realized what I said sounded rather condescending, sorry!


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