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4 monthes ago: Games started closing out, about 5 - 15 minutes into games
After a few weeks: Computer would also restart: keeps restarting until powered down for more than 10 minutes

ERROR MESSAGE THAT COMES UP:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/293078

without HA he can't play games?

He tried reseating the video card
Also tried reinstalling drivers

also, now, its telling him that some of his hardware is failing, no more error message like up there
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anyone have an idea?
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This issue typically indicates a problem with the video hardware or that the display driver cannot program the hardware correctly.
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also, now, its telling him that some of his hardware is failing, no more error message like up there
maybe his Video card is dying?

can he get another to try in his system?
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Can it be his power supply?
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why would it be his PSU? that would make no sense....
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post #6 of 12
Chances are his hardware. The possible faulty parts are video card, mobo, and CPU. Try getting another video card and test it on his rig and see what happens. or get his video card and test it on another rig. There may be some related mobo issues such as a AGP/PCI-E slot.

Of course there is the possibility of a driver issue. Obviously, try reinstalling the driver. If not, possibly reinstall his entire OS and see what happens. If this doesn't fix it, it's definitely a hardware problem.
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post #7 of 12
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why would it be his PSU? that would make no sense....

If his PSU doesn't have enough wattage or amps to keep everything stable while the graphics card is sucking up the juice
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If his PSU doesn't have enough wattage or amps to keep everything stable while the graphics card is sucking up the juice
...and over-heating?
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post #9 of 12
Might well be the PSU...

But I think we need to know more. What are the system specs? Was it heavily overclocked, and if so, at what voltages and temperatures? Could be any component that has died a slow death, and the cause could be anything also. I do suspect, however, that a overvolting or undervolting PSU could have slowly killed off another component.

Let us know

Otherwise, time to trouble shoot.

- reset CMOS; maybe there is just some settings that mess stuff up (not likely)
- Run memtest86 (from a bootable floppy)
- see if you can test the hard drives

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Not overclocked at all, last year we replaced his mobo and cpu, so they should be fine, also his psu is a 600w no-name brand but it did have a 120mm fan and was VERY HEAVY when he put we put it in, so it should be good quality. He moved to pennsylvania so i can't go to his house, however, his friend is going to try his video card on his computer etc, so we'll see how that goes.

Hes like computer illiterate in a coup0le ways, he knows his way around, but the whole bootable floppy idea is gonna take a LONG time to explain lol, he already tried reinstalling drivers as well so thats out. I first thought overheating to with the restarting, however, i had him check all his fans and all of them are running, and without an overclock i dunno, i'll have him check his cpu temps in bios.
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