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    Default Help! Whats going on?

    It started two days ago. When I woke up my computer was on but there was no display. I rebooted the machine and it it came up fine but seemed to shut abnormaly. Later that day when I tried to remote control into my machine I was able to get a black screen (so the connection was established but know video.) When I got home it was the same thing: the computer was on but no video and keyboard and mouse did not work. It seemed though, after looking at the logs, that the computer was functioning because there were logs created during the time it was "off." Looking through the logs I could see nothing abrnormal. Truly I don't know what I was looking for? Anyway, in power options I turned off the feature to shut down monitor after certain time. Turned off screen saver. The sleep mode was already off.

    I was connected to PC via remote control from work and machine rebooted itself. All it said in log was: The previous system shutdown at 7:30:29 PM on 4/24/2008 was unexpected.

    Not sure if the reboot and the aforementioned issue is related.

    Anyway, I am not sure why this started happening. I did install a game call Rome Univerisalus or some such name. I uninstalled the game when I started having problems. It didn't work anyway.

    I am using Vista 64. I just recently built the computer. Didn't experience any problems until recently.

    Does anyone know how I can figure out what is going on? And even better, how to fix.

    I am thinking of using the restore point of before I installed the game. Do you guys think that is wise?

    Thanks for any help anyone can offer. And if you need more info please just ask.

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    Default Re: Help! Whats going on?

    Where did you get the game you installed? I would consider a Virus as being the reasoning behind your recent troubles. Otherwise there isn't a reason, yet that is not always needed to cause problems in the world of suspecious happenings ie: the world of computing. Anyway, is there a reason you shouldn't use your resore point? If the game was the only new install that would make perfect sence, to restore and avoid installing programs from any and all unknown untrusted sites. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Help! Whats going on?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISO2010 View Post
    Where did you get the game you installed? I would consider a Virus as being the reasoning behind your recent troubles. Otherwise there isn't a reason, yet that is not always needed to cause problems in the world of suspecious happenings ie: the world of computing. Anyway, is there a reason you shouldn't use your resore point? If the game was the only new install that would make perfect sence, to restore and avoid installing programs from any and all unknown untrusted sites. Hope this helps. Good luck!
    The game was a demo. I can't remember where I downloaded it from. I have Norton virus protection and it is fully updated. Did a scan and found nothing. I am weary of using the restore point because I have had poor results with it in the past, but that is using XP or maybe it was even ME. I would rather find the true cause of the issue before jumping the gun and doing a restore point. It seems unlikely that it was the game that caused the problem even though that is the only real alteration done before trouble started. If I can't find the real reason to the issue I will do the restore.

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    I think this is a hardware issue. It happened again. When I powered the machine off and then on again it didn't post. But when I powered it on and it didn't post I then hit the restart button which then allowed it to post. This happened twice.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Help! Whats going on?

    Quote Originally Posted by TitusCicero View Post
    I think this is a hardware issue. It happened again. When I powered the machine off and then on again it didn't post. But when I powered it on and it didn't post I then hit the restart button which then allowed it to post. This happened twice.

    Any ideas?
    I know Rome Universalis requires direct x 9.0c in order to run. So make sure you have that installed on your machine if you want that game to work. I highly doubt the game demo has a virus. You should get the game demo from Paradox Interactive since thats the name of the company that made that title. As far as your machine goes, I'd check your connections and settings first before pointing a finger at hardware. Like maybe reset the bios to default, check your monitor connections, ect.

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    Default Re: Help! Whats going on?

    Well I did a restore point and of course it ****ed up my computer. Besides deleting a **** load of files that I would of wanted to keep it screwed up my anti-virus program.

    ARGH!

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    I turned off of hdd shut down in power mgt. I had instlalled a old 30gb drive a week ago. I feels and tastes like a power mgt issue since it only happens when there is inactivity for an unspecified amount of time.

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    Eeks, it happened again. I unplugged the old hdd. The computer turned on no prob without me pressing the reset button. Looks like that is the prob. Will see. Just don't understand why it happened even with the power down after certain time feature turned off? Maybe something built into the promise card I am using.

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    Default Re: Help! Whats going on?

    I have a 500w power supply, do I need more?

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    Default Re: Help! Whats going on?

    Quote Originally Posted by TitusCicero View Post
    I have a 500w power supply, do I need more?
    Hard to say without knowing exactly what power supply you have and what hardware your trying to run with it.......

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