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#1 Mar 16 2011 at 2:53 AM Rating: Decent
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So I was in the middle of playing Rift tonight when my comp. just shut off. I didn't do anything abnormal and didn't fiddle with any buttons. I'm none too techy so I've got no idea what could be wrong, it hasn't turned back on and there's nothing wrong with the outlet / surge protecter. I'm planning on calling Best Buy tomorrow or Thursday but I'd like to hear some suggestions before I go in.
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#2 Mar 16 2011 at 9:47 AM Rating: Good
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If you hit the power button and absolutely nothing happens, your power supply in your computer probably bit the dust.
#3 Mar 16 2011 at 9:47 AM Rating: Decent
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Could be the power supply...How old is it? Try flipping the wattage up push power button (nothing will happen u dont have 115v plug) then flip it back and try again, Sometimes the power supply just needs a little reset. this works for me most times. Ive thought on countless occasions ive blew something up.

Did you trip the surge bar, if so did you reset it? Is everything else still running and you know u have power? Do you have ne LED's on your mobo to see if the mobo is gettin power?

Best buy or other places like that are major rip offs to fix your computer..they charge out the *** to even look at the computer and then they dont price parts they just sell you one of theres.

*EDIT* i just read you dont know much about comps, so to change the wattage, on the back of your pc by the power plug for you power supply, there will be a little redish orange switch kinda imbeded, if u have small fingers or nails u can move it with you hand, if u have bigger fingers u may need a pen.

Edited, Mar 16th 2011 11:50am by Hemptation
#4 Mar 16 2011 at 11:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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If nothing happens at all when you turn it on, it may be toast. If it's at least posting (the beeps when it starts up) there may be hope yet!
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#5 Mar 16 2011 at 11:09 AM Rating: Good
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Could have overheated too. How often do you clean the dust and garbage out of the fans?
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#6 Mar 16 2011 at 11:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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Let's hope it doesn't look like this? O_o
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#7 Mar 16 2011 at 11:17 AM Rating: Good
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Smiley: yikes

I'd be surprised if the end result of THAT wasn't the fire department
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#8 Mar 16 2011 at 1:59 PM Rating: Decent
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that is horrid :|
#9 Mar 16 2011 at 4:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Hmm, well it's working again (it turns on ect) so I won't take it in anywhere unless it happens again. Could it still have been a power source reboot? Was out for about 10 hours.
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#10 Mar 16 2011 at 4:36 PM Rating: Good
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Sure.. components can die slowly and painfully, just like other things.

However, if this happens again I wouldn't trust that power supply anymore until you rule it out as the culprit
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#11 Mar 16 2011 at 8:09 PM Rating: Decent
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probably just overheated...some have safety features built in for such a thing
#12 Mar 16 2011 at 8:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Let's hope it doesn't look like this? O_o



If only I had a dollar for all the computers I have worked on for others that looked like that....oh, wait, you got that from my employer.....now I understand....Smiley: smileSmiley: coolSmiley: laugh
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#13 Mar 17 2011 at 4:28 PM Rating: Good
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um, same thing happens to me during big invasions and sometimes while standing in meridian.

I have a BRAND new system, i5 processor, 750W psu, etc.

The only things that I think it could be are:

My cpu is overheating, but I watch the heat pretty carefully, or my psu is faulty, but hearing of someone else with the same problem makes me think that it really isn't my fault.
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#14 Mar 17 2011 at 5:09 PM Rating: Good
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My guess on that would be either:

Overheating CPU
Faulty video card or driver that can't crash properly

Ironically enough, even if your power supply is technically fine right now, this happening to it a bunch of times will kill it
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#15 Mar 18 2011 at 3:36 AM Rating: Decent
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I had something similar happen the first night I was playing Rift. I had played for a few hours, and let my wife sit and play with the character creation screen while I was getting ready for work. For some reason my computer just did a total power off while she was dinking around with a character, our power didn't flicker and the power strip is placed in a manner where the button can't be accidently turned off. Computer rebooted fine, and it hasn't done this since.

Also, I had a problem for about 3-4 months where my computer would randomly go into shutdown mode. It was never consistant, sometimes it'd happen 2-4 times aday, sometimes I'd go a week without it happening. It'd close every window I had open and go into Windows shutdown (Really sucked the night I was tanking LK in phase 3 and this happened!]. Ironically enough I discovered it was my wireless keyboard causing the issue, either from outside interference on the same frequency, or a fault within the keyboard/receiver itself.

Edited, Mar 18th 2011 5:37am by SilverGryphon
#16 Mar 18 2011 at 9:29 AM Rating: Decent
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If you computer just randomly turns off, There is a major problem especially if it happens in a fairly regular pattern. Most of time (if you are getting a blue screen of death) its a driver or update problem. But you can check this even if your not gettin a BSOD by going to

My Computer > C:/ > Windows > Minidump and run a debug on the newest file (the dump file takes all the info from your computers crash and logs it so u can fix the reason your computer is crashing)

And as Archmage said

Ironically enough, even if your power supply is technically fine right now, this happening to it a bunch of times will kill it

this is very true...it causes allot of stress on the hardware portion of the system

Basically if you want to see if your computer is crashing due to overheating during a game...Grab Fermark and run the stability test for 15-30mins (will jack you gpu temps, and should up your psu out put enough that if it is either of those you will have your answer)

I wouldnt think its the cpu overheating because well tbh rift isnt to cpu demanding. Also for those of you that didnt know if your monitoring cpu temps from a 3rd party program in windows the temps shown are about 8-10 degrees lower then what the real temp is.

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