I do not know if this is the right place to ask this question. But I have a problem that I do not know the answer to that you guys maybe can answer for me.
It seems that my Laptop, while playing games like Skyrim, Team Fortress 2, and Portal 2, tends to turn off (like a shutdown) and refuse to be turned back on for a couple of minutes afterward.
I asked around and the people told me it might be an overheating problem. The problem with the statement is that the laptop is able to play Galactic Civilizations 2 at MAXIMUM settings (best graphics and appearance settings, etc.) and the laptop has gotten ALOT hotter during those play sessions, which can last for hours. It is able to endure such conditions successfully. Plus, Skyrim and the two Valve games were played with at the lowest possible settings, and when the Laptop turned off, the Laptop was not that hot (it was cooler than the time I was playing Galactic Civilizations 2).
The other explanation is that there could be hardware damage. The problem with the statement is that I believe if there were damage, then it should manifest a lot sooner than around December 26 of last year, the first time I have this problem since at that time, I tried to play Skyrim for the first time. I also did not do anything that might damage laptop (i.e. dropping it).
Is there any possible explinations to the problem? Here is the specs of the Laptop:
Laptop Model: MSI GT660
Age: Just over one year old
CPU: Intel Core i7-740QM
VGA: nVidia GeForce GTX 285M
All of the games were played with the fan manually turned up to maximum. Also, the fan is often set to the maximum when I felt it needs to be on (i.e. most of the time when I feel the laptop getting hot).
The Video Drivers were not updated, but I refused to update them since the last time (Mid Nov. of 2011) I did that, I got BSoDs whenever I tried to play Galactic Civilizations 2 when it would work perfectly before without problems. So, I promptly removed the update.
If there is anymore information I could give to you guys, please say so.