PC gets stuck in a sound loop, monitor goes black.
When playing games, once in a great while my monitor will go black. It will then alternate flashing DIGITAL/ANALOG (the same it does when you first boot the computer). Sometimes theres no sound but sometimes the sound is stuck in a loop from the game i was playing. The only way to recover is reboot. Theres nothing being posted in the event log to indicate theres a problem
I have tried backing down drivers then updating them, and making sure the GPU is not overheating and I am really unable to recreate the problem as its pretty sporadic. I am toying with the idea of returning the Video Card as im sure thats the problem - just not sure if theres anything I am overlooking or not.
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There may be a problem with your windows installation. Search Google for Hirens boot CD, it is a free download and should contain a live XP installation. When you turn on the computer tap the appropriate button to reach the boot menu, then insert the CD and select your CD drive. Once booted it should display a live XP.
Alternatively you may have your monitor set to an incompatible resolution. If tapping F8 won't display the advanced boot menu then try finding an auto setup on your monitor or change the resolution using the monitors controls. If the advanced boot menu does display then select low resolution mode.
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Sounds like your dedicate video card bit the dust and you're back using the onboard video, which would absolutely be the reason why things got choppy-- it can handle the demands put on it by the games.
A new dedicated video card would fix the problems.
Based on your previous troubleshooting, with both built-in video and alternate video card, I'd guess you have a bad mobo. Anything else that was wrong with it (RAM, CPU, etc) and you'd get beep codes.
Sounds like it's time for a replacement board. If the eMachine is out of warranty, it might make more sense just to go ahead and upgrade now, as they are so inexpensive. If you are capable of replacing the board yourself, that would be the cheaper alternative.
Hope this helps - remember to rate (and great troubleshooting, btw!)