I have a Dell computer tower, and I'd say it's fairly new. My old tower was just that-old. Yet I never really had problems playing most games on it. But I keep running into problems with this new tower. When playing The Sims 2, everything would start off fine. It would run smoothly-faster than it ever had with my old tower,-and the graphics looked fine. But something would go wrong soon after, and never at the same time. Sometimes it would be while loading a neighborhood, sometimes while on the neighborhood screen, or sometimes while on the Make-A-Family screen. This problem would always happen around this time though. It never happened earlier, and I was never able to get further than those moments. I assumed it was just because of the game when no one was able to help me, because The Sims games tend to be hard on computers with their size. For the record, with that game, I tried many different solutions, including reinstalling and deleting custom content. However, just now, I encountered the same problem with Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. I literally just installed it. Everything was fine, and I was wandering around the island at the beginning. I met someone and talked to him, and soon after this, I encountered the problem again. As far as I know, this is an older game and not one that my computer should have a problem with, so I think something else must be going on. I didn't even have any other programs open while playing it.
Here is the problem that happens:
The whole screen goes black, even if the game is in window mode. There is no sound. Both the tower and monitor are still on. The computer keys do nothing, and the cursor cannot be seen. If you try and turn power off on the tower via the button on front, it will not work. I have to actually unplug the tower and power it up again. I cannot get another new tower, so I want to try and figure out the cause of this problem. Any ideas?