So I was playing L4D on my computer when it suddenly crashed, and then the screen turned black. So I restarted my computer, except after a few minutes the screen turned black again (I did not open up any games this time). This happened several times, I kept rebooting my computer with the power button. I researched a lot online, and I found answers like bad connections, I even replaced the power supply. I'm not sure if its my video card. I do know its not the Monitor, since I Replaced it with another one, which works fine on the other computer.
My video card is an ATI Radeon 1900x, 480w power supply.
I'm not any good with computers and this is the first post I'm making on a forum because I sincerely could not find a solution, which almost never happens.
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Re: Computer Screen turns black, Computer still runs.
This sounds to me like the game, caused a fault in your video driver that somehow adjusted your resolution/refresh rate to something beyond your monitors range.
If this is the case we can fix it. Restart your computer just after the logo screen push <F8> which should bring up the startup options for Windows. Select "Start in safe mode" Once up in safe mode adjust the "Display settings" to a more modest resolution either 1024 X 768 or 800 X 600 ( don't worry this is just temporary)
Then restart the system and this time it should let you get into your desktop without the "Black out".
Now go to AMD.com and go through their support page to find the latest drivers for your ATI card (AMD bought ATI a while back) download and install these drivers. then after the reboot you should be all set to change your display back to what your comfort levels are.
If this gets you back to normal, then you had a driver conflict error that corrupted your video cards driver. Try playing the game again, if you get the same symptoms AGAIN then reduce the resolution that the game runs at and/or turn down or off antialiasing / anisotropic filtering and that should reduce the odds of it reoccuring.
If this procedure doesn't help you, please comment back with your results and I will figure out what else went wrong.
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Sounds like classic case of failing power supply capacitors. Common problem, there are plenty of ****** cap manufacturers. It's not hard or expensive to fix tho. Caps don't cost much and it's easy to see the bad ones. They'll be the bulging and/or leaking ones.
The joy stick comes with a CD. Put the CD on the tray, and let the computer runs the software. On the CD there are driver for the joy stick itself, and driver for the USB . click on install joystick, after that, click on install the USB drive. that is it. Then a test screen will appear and asks you to check your joystick movements and buttons .push on the buttons,on the joystick, and you will see that they turn red on the computer screen each time you push a button, meaning your computer reads the commands from the joystick, You are set.
If you do not have the CD, then go to the Logitech site. and go to support, and from there you can download the drivers for the joystick.
This sounds like either a case of graphical artifacting, or your pc is simply crashing.
Graphical artifacts are things not normally seen on your monitor created by overuse of the graphics card, such things as white pigments and the odd pixel patterns you saw are some signs of this. I've experienced this problem, and have had the speakers make the noise you heard noise upon restarting the pc. To see if this is the cause I would try running an extremely graphically intensive game or program such as a 3D benchmark to test the limits of the graphics card, and if you see the odd pixelation during the testing, then it is most likely that the card is the problem, and you should call its manufacturer for a replacement.
If your pc is simply crashing then either your power supply is not putting out enough power for you graphics card, or the graphics card is not hooked up to the motherboard properly. The first to do to check if this is the case is to run your pc until it crashes and see how hot your pc has gotten, if it is very hot, then your power supply could be overloaded, or you may not have enough airflow in the case. I would suggest opening your pc and looking for anything out of place, and even perhaps getting professional help from a technology store.
It might sound wierd but newer machines tend to have problems with older software. You do not give details of your system specification, but this game is not listed as compatible with Vista or Windows 7. It may work up to a point in compatibility mode but this may be the reason for it crashing. Other reasons can be that it was tested with graphics cards available at the time and newer cards may have some features not accounted for in the software, which may also cause problems.
put your windows xp cd in other computer that have cd-rom ,copy the windows xp setup to your usb,turn on your computer plug your usb flash drive,turn off your computer. turn on again your computer and press F9or press (*-*) to select boot device,select removable media and follow the instructions on screen
i have the same laptop and the same problem, i took mine to bestbuy were i bought it and they looked at it but couldent give me an anser, they wanted to keep it for three weeks and just for a few thing's that it could have been,,,1000.00$ they just dident know,,i payed 900.00$ for it 2 year's ago. shame on me for not paying for the extended warrenty, nice computer too, good luck
you need to check the system requirement s and then go to our start menu, click run on the right hand side, and type in dxdiag and that will show you whether or not the correct sytem requirements for the fulll game. i think its most likely your graphics card in my opinion. but you will have to go down the list one by one and compare with the requirements to find out.
To check the joystick isn't the problem, go into control panel game controls, then check that the joystick appears and you can move the cross-hair around on screen, most modern joysticks are auto-calibrating, but you could try running the calibration.
To check the game isn't a problem, unplug the joystick, then use the arrow keys to fly the plane, if it doesn't crash when you bank then it isn't the game.
I assume the game is Combat Flight Simulator 3, as very old games that were written for Windows 95,98,ME series often won't run on Windows NT,2000,XP,Vista as they are completely different versions of Windows. If this is actually Flight Simulator 3, you may need to consider buying a later version of Flight Simulator (FSX is the latest version, but may not run on your laptop).
Other things to try are updating the graphics card driver.
Norton shouldn't need deactivating, although it could cause problems if you're playing online.
Also remember that laptop graphics cards are never as powerful as desktop graphics, and games very rarely specifically support laptop graphics.