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Windows 7: Crashes to blank (black) screen while gaming

23 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Crashes to blank (black) screen while gaming


My computer frequently crashes to a blank (black) screen when I play games like TES V or Fable III, and leaves me no alternative but to do a hard reset with the power button. I've cleaned out the air vents several times to no avail, and I'm pretty sure my video drivers are up to date. As far as I can tell the CPU isn't being overused either.

I think the problem may be overheating but I don't know for sure. It doesn't seem to get that hot.

I've had a very similar problem before, and last time cleaning the vents out with a compressed air can did the trick. The only difference last time is that it wasn't always a blank screen, sometimes it hard weird vertical lines all over it.

I don't know what to do

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23 Dec 2011   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.

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23 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks, but the crashes happen after I've been playing a game for 5-15 minutes (a little longer if I'm lucky). There aren't any problems with starting the computer, and my laptop came with Windows 7 pre-installed.
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