It all started when I was playing one of my favorite games : Railroad Tycoon 3. This game was running normally for a few days. One day the screen suddenly went blank and the best I could do was to restart the system (after doing a forceful shutdown).
I tried the game few more times and ended with the same result; Display blanks out and doesn’t respond to any keyboard input, not even Ctrl+Alt+Del. I thought the problem was more with the game rather than the graphics card.
Few days back I downloaded the trial version of Caesar 4 (Another favorite game ). Guess what ? The display blanked out again !
I am trying hard to find the reason for this weird problem ! One thing I noticed is that the GPU (not CPU, CPU performance seems to be normal) does make a lot of sound when I start these games ! Does it blank out after the GPU reaches some max temperature ?
Is there a problem with the driver ? Also can somebody suggest me a nice tool to diagnose the graphics card health ? The Direct X diagnostic seem to be reporting no problems !