windows vista - PC shuts down automatically while playing videos

  • Questioner

    I'm using a Windows Vista PC. Whenever I play videos for more than 15 mins, my PC will automatically shut down.

    What could the problem be? Any ideas how to stop it shutting down?

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  • Tomas

    My HP d330 does not properly power down. After Vista shows the "Shutting down" message the screen goes black, but both HDD and power lights remain on. However, the keyboard LEDs don't work anymore after this, so I assume the hardware is partially shutdown or something.

    Same problem occurs when I choose Sleep from the shutdown menu. There are no entries in Event Viewer about this.

    Any ideas?

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  • h8a

    Most likely a process that is supposed to be turned off after the video is hanging causing the system to stay on. Go into Ms Config and try to identify any unknown processes and stop them. In addition if there ever was a point in time when it did shut down, use system restore to back it to that point. Also If you have recently installed something, you may want to attempt to uninstall it and see if the issue continues.

    If all else fails, you will want to look into testing a different OS to see if it is a hardware or software issue. You could get an ubuntu live boot CD/USB and see if it shuts down correctly and if it does then the issue is definitely with your current OS and you may want to reinstall your OS.

    You may also look into 3rd party software like CC cleaner to try to get rid of latent processes that you don't need.

    Best of Luck

  • Kythos

    By default windows vista has the shutdown button set to put the computer to Sleep, you can click the small right arrow then choose shut down from there or follow these instructions to set up the shut down button correctly.