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Help me see the connection between Fable and Painkiller (serious tech help question)

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If anyone remembers my odd post a week ago or so, about my computer turning off upon entering the menu of Painkiller, I thought I would post an update.

For those who didn't get a chance to see it, my computer would turn off quite reliably upon entering the menu system in Painkiller, purchased from Steam. This issue appeared and went again with a bigger screen than the one I am was and am now back to using.

Today, I installed my newly purchased Fable: Lost Chapters, bring it home, only to have it pull the same stunt on me. Upon entering the menu system (as in, inventory, save games, etc...) from in-game, the computer turns off.

Running the game in Safe-Mode fixes this, leading me to believe the issue might be related to my graphics card. The card cannot be overheating though, it peaks at 49 degrees in much more graphic intense games. As a result I have updated to newest driver from 3DGuru.com (175.80) but to no avail.

What do the two have in common, though? They are both relatively old, compared to newer stuff that runs fine. (Source Games, Black & White II, Oblivion, Penny Arcade).

Before someone calls PSU, though, the Power-indicating LED on the Mobo remains fully lit during this entire ordeal, so I don't think the PSU is cutting the power.
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Have you tried older Drivers?

(just a shot in the dark).

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My first guess / suggestion is to make sure your Windows XP is fully up to date with all service packs and such.

My second guess / suggestion is to see if there are any patches to apply to either of those games via the official game websites.

My third and last guess / suggestion is to make sure you don't have another program such as anti-virus / anti-malware that may be interfering with the game executable.
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