I have a laptop i use to play games on, when i'm playing WoW or any kind of game the monitor shuts off and then automatically turns on again. When I get off the game from frustration of it doing that, a bubble pops up on the bottom of the screen saying 'Display Drive Fail'. I have windows vista. Any Help?
Re: Monitor turns off and on during video game play.
My recommendation would be to check to see if there are any updates for your laptop regarding video driver. IF not you can just try to reinstall video driver. If that doesn't work you can take your restore CD that came with laptop and do a complete re-install of the operating systen. Be sure to back up any important data as all programs and data will be deleted when you use the restore CD.
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First make sure your video card driver is up to date, and the monitor driver as well when they are available. If the computer reboots when this happens, there is a hardware conflict potentially.
If the monitor goes black like it was shut off abruptly and computer did not shut down- replace all the electrolytic capacitors in the monitor on the power supply board. This should forestall an inevitable failure of the monitor.
The maximum resolution for the MV540 is 1024X768 @60Hz refresh. The other monitor isn't giving you an error message because not all monitors have that feature, but both the monitors are unable to display whatever data the computer is sending. If the display is normal until you start the game, then the game itself is setting the resolution to something out of the monitors' range. You'd need to set the game up to play at a setting the monitors could handle. I've never played WoW so I have no idea if the game offers a way of selecting the resolution. The game may simply require more graphics capability than your monitor can provide. Most systems now are using 17 or 19-inch flat screens or CRT's, and they offer more resolution and refresh rate options.
This sounds like your Video card might not be compatible with the game you are playing. You might need a better video card. Before you do anthing else, check to see if your computer is fast enough to play it.
Big games can crash slow computers, also it could just be a bad monitor.
Try checking the cord between the monitor and the computer.
It is possible that you are playing the game at a higher resolution than your video card can support. Even if your computer is capable of displaying a high resolution during normal browsing activity, that doesn't mean it can support the same resolution during graphics-intensive use. Try turning down the resolution and the quality in your game options and see if the problem goes away. I ran into this same issue when trying to power a 1920x1200 monitor with a GeForce FX 5200 Ultra and discovered the solution is either a lower resolution or more graphics power.