I know I've made a few post about this in the past, but now I really am stumped.
My graphics card (an ATI Radeon x1300 PCI) will sometimes turn off while playing games, as in no image will appear on my screen. My computer will still run though because I can still hear the game sounds, and/or my friends talking to me on xfire voice chat. Anyways, here is a list of things I've already tried:
Using older/omega drivers
Better power supply with 400 watts and 20a on 12v rail
After all this I just ended up returning it, still have problems but not as frequently.
So now I'm thinking its heat, and these are the steps I tried for cooling (none worked):
Leaving side penal opened
Cleaning off old thermal paste and applying (small) amount of new. Tried this twice.
Strapping on another fan to the back of the graphics card where the GPU sits on the other side (it gets really hot there!). Using this to blow directly on the back of the card and the other fan was exhaust. I felt the card when it was screwing up and it felt ice cold....
So now I am really stumped as to what is the cause of this
Think its time for a new computer lol? I guess I have a lot of lawn mowing to do this summer
Really though, if anyone has any idea what could be wrong, I'd appreciate it!
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943