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Since I built my pc back in June, games will minimize randomly, as if you hit the Windows key. In the past I've just shrugged it off but today has been the 1st day since building it that I've sat down for some serious game play and its getting annoying. Sometimes it happens every few minutes, sometimes it happens after an hour. Nothing is overheating, and it doesn't crash because I can re-open it in the taskbar. Sometimes I can play for several hours before it does it. It doesn't matter if its a graphic intense game like BF3 or something old like Doom 3.

I've googled it and tried some fixes and nothing has worked. It happens to any game, and doesn't matter if their installed on my ssd or hdd. I know its not my overclock because it did it before I even overclocked, and it did it with a different motherboard too. Windows has been reinstalled 3 times with no change (and 2 different disk). I removed several programs with no change and tried a different keyboard/ mouse thinking that was the cause and that didn't help. My GPU drivers and bios are up to date and I put my gpu to stock clock with no help. I use Microsoft Security Essentials for antivirus and it does it with that disabled as well.

F @ H works perfect and it doesn't do it in windowed programs, just games. I'm completely out of ideas and getting fed up, lol. Has anyone else run into this? I'd like to fix it today because its going to be a while before I get to play games this long. Thank you for any help
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post #2 of 8
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Any ideas, i've still have not been been able to find out whats causing this
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post #3 of 8
Are the keyboards and mice wireless at all? I had a similar problem on a friend's PC and her wireless keyboard was causing the problem.
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post #4 of 8
If it's minimize and playable again from taskbar then it's most likely some software program interupting now and again.Try re-install windows and just after than try out new drivers with the game that did it the most. wink.gif
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You might check your running applications in your right hand bottom box where time is. I had an asus monitoring app that would kick games to minimize to let me know a data update.
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Originally Posted by bossie2000 View Post

If it's minimize and playable again from taskbar then it's most likely some software program interupting now and again.Try re-install windows and just after than try out new drivers with the game that did it the most. wink.gif
Ive clean installed Win 7 3 times with 2 differant disk since building it, once for the initial
build, again when I changed motherboards so I could overclock, and a 3rd time when I added a ssd, and each time it still did it. I suppose I could try it again, it wouldnt hurt

Most of the games have been reinstalled 3 times as well ( and all but 2 are steam) Unfortunantly it doesnt do it to any one game more then another. Its completely random, when i first built it i was playing civilization 5 sometimes for 5 hrs straight and it would only act up say once an hour, other times it would do it every 10 minutes. The same goes true for every other game i have installed. I could
go hours with no issues, or have it happen every few minutes.




Both keyboards and mice i tried were wireless. I dont have a wired one kicking around but their dirt cheap at walmart so i can pick one up to try it out so i can atleast rule it out
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You might check your running applications in your right hand bottom box where time is. I had an asus monitoring app that would kick games to minimize to let me know a data update.

Im kind of thinking it is something like that. I left task manager up so i could see what came on when it minimized, but nothing stood out, or it closed before i could see it. There isnt by chance something that records running processes? So i could catch it in the act.
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The Wife's Rig
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ocz vertex 4 256 gb ssd Western Digital cavier green hdd 1tb Sea Gate 1.5 tb hdd Samsung External Blue Ray Writer 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Xspc rasa 750 rx360 with 3 sp120s Bitfinex Fan Controller Windows 8.1 Professional Acer 23 inch led 
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Logitech G510 Seasonic 750 watt fully modular Black Nzxt Switch 810 Razor Deathadder 
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Asus mpcie wifi adaptor Azio usb Bluetooth dongle 
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post #7 of 8
A while ago some release of AMD Catalyst minimized a couple of games, dont remember which release exactly, but a newer version fixed it, see if a nother videocard driver fixes your problem?
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resurrecting this thread.

I have this problem as well. always happens twice in a row when it happens. I will bring it back up, but it will minimize again.

windows 8 x64 and steam beta updates

no wireless devices installed anymore. do not even have my Bluetooth dongle plugged in.
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