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September 4, 2006 8:47 PM Subscribe
Help me diagnose my recent computer woes--a tale of rhythmic lag pulses, involuntary reboots, and sporadic "No Signal" messages from the monitor.
posted by Satapher to computers & internet (8 answers total)
Recently, five minutes after I load up any number of games (including the trusty benchmark Quake3) the sound and the graphics began to skip in perfect rhythm : 1! and a whats you say 2! and a whats you say 3... and so forth -- during the first 5 minutes the games run smoothly as always
After closing the game and returning to XP desktop, I notice that the pulse is still there... if I move my mouse in a circle 'in beat' it always pauses at the same place on the screen...
If I reboot at this point, it will get to the blue "windows is saving your settings" screen but will freeze and require a manual restart
If I do nothing and go about my business, within about 10 minute the computer will either restart suddenly, or the monitor will give a "no signal" message -- the same it gives when the computer is off -- and no matter how I coax it with any number of button presses or keyboard commands, the song remains the same ;|
The problem was irritating me to no end last night, so I reformatted, made sure everything was up to date (chipset, bios, video drivers etc) and...
its the same story... so to make a long story short, what has happened to my computer that it no longer wants to run programs it has handled a million times before -- even after a format ;\
athlon xp 1800+ (mb: ECS K7S5A)
768MB DDR 2100
350W PS (could this be the problem? Im hoping this is just malfunctioning, since its cheap to replace!)