In this section we will cover overheating related video problems.
This is a very common problem, so let’s rule it out.
Fix 2 – Video card may be overheating
- Blue screen occurs while watching video online
Overview: I have personally witnessed this problem several times over the years. If a video card starts overheating it can cause blue screens or even sudden computer shutdowns.
I’ll provide you with specific steps to diagnose and troubleshoot this problem.
Step 1 – Is there enough room?
- Make sure your computer has enough space around it – at least 6 to 8 inches
- It’s preferred that the computer not be placed on the floor if possible
Step 2 – Check the fans
TIP: Most video cards now have their own CPU’s with fans.
- Shut your computer off
- Take the side cover of the PC tower off and move the tower so you can easily see into it
- Turn on your PC
- Make sure the fan on the video card is running at a high rate of speed
- Check the CPU fan as well and any other fans inside the case to make sure they are running at a high RPM
- Leave the site cover off and move to Step 3
Step 3 – Check for dust and dirt
TIP: I recommend using either canned air or your sweeper for this step.
- Inspect all vents and make sure they are clear of dust build up
- Clear any access dust from the bottom of the tower
- Clean the CPU fan as well as the video card fan if it has one
- Put the side of the PC tower back into place
At this point I would test your PC and see if the problems still exist.
Step 3 – Provide more air flow
If you have done everything up to this point and are still having overheating problems, then proceed.
- Power down your computer
- Remove the side of the tower again
- Start computer back up
It’s time to test out your computer again and see if the added air flow will help to keep things cool enough to fix the problems.
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