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During gamming im getting freezing and flashing yellow light, on the power button.

Graphics card Nivia GTS 240. Intel core i7 CPU RAM 6 GB 64 bit operating system Window 7 Hi i have had an on going problem for the last 8 months with my computer. My computer seems to crash when playing online multi-player games. E.G. MW3, Starcraft 2, BF3, these are a few of the games. It normaly occurs 6-10 minutes into game play. Blue screen sometimes appears, or some times it just reboots by itself. I tried taking it into my local pc shop, they re-installed windows and cleaned my computer, it was fine for a week, and then it began to crash again. I tried a company called Iyogi, they also cleaned my files rebooted sytems and so on. Still getting freezing. I went to Dell and ran hardware tests on all the major hardware. They all come back clean. I then installed isolo Technologies Mechanics. This did a full health check of my drivers, graphics cards, bios, and more cleaned all problems. I also checked all updates on windows. driversa and graphics cards and the recommended updates by Dell. I checked all my fans and they are all running even when it freezes i look again. please some one help me, could it still be a hardware problem...?

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  • miles gordon Feb 13, 2012

    I downloaded your hardware monitor, and checked my tempreatures. my intel core processor is 45-49 degrees, my graphics card is 60 degrees. I've boosted internal fans, the computer is very cold with good air flow in and out.

    Today and yesturday now getting freezing on the desk top with out playing any games or having any programs running. The computer lights shut off and the mouse stops working, but the fans are still running. I normaly have to push in the power button to reboot.

    5 or 6 attempts of crashing and rebooting, then some how the computer stabilizes, and i can play all night with no problems? surely if it was a heating this problem would persist regardless of how many times I turn it on.

    Could it be a peice of hardware which is malfunctioning or not always firing up correctly be causing this problem? The only reason I think this is because ive had the computer for 2 years. when I bought the computer, I had a year and a half with no problems with over heating.

    Thank you for your help so far.

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Hello there, I am the computer technician that will be assisting you today. My name is Norman-Wynne Damstra.

Welcome to Fixya, Miles Gordon.

This is a typical overheating problem. See, your computer heats up when playing games, in the first 5-10minutes. As the components get warmer they increase the air tempreature in your computer chassis. This heated air is insufficient to cool your Processor and Graphics card, therefore resulting in a Blue Screen of Death known as BSOD.

You are using the GTS240 Graphics card, it is a tiny tot so go easy on the detail settings.
Use the following settings:
Resolution: 1920x1080 if your LCD display supports it.
Anti-Aliasing: off
Anisotropic filtering: off
Set the rest to medium or low.

You will have to play arounf with the other detail settings depending on playability. If it's jittery set it to a lower detail setting.

Install 120mm or 140mm fans in your computer chassis if possible. You should at least have one installed on the side panel to provide freash cool air to the graphics card, processor and power delivery system ,MOSFETs. With an additional 120mm fan installed at the rear of the chassis to exhaust heated air.

Your power supply should be rated for at least 500Watts continuous power output, since the core i7 processor is rather power hungry.

Click here to download Hardware Monitor, to check your tempreatures. Click download now, save the file to your computer and install it.

Your processor temp, should be nothing higher than 70degrees C and the Graphics card nothing higher than 75degrees C.

Take care!
Norman-Wynne Damstra

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