Just upgraded from XP to Windows 7 without any apparent problems.

A few minutis in a video game (Neverwinter Nights 2), the computer turns off completely, as I pulled the plug.  By pressing the pc power button, a dialog box appears wanting to know if I want to start Windows in normal mode, indicating that Windows did not shut down properly.
Selection of normal mode, Windows starts well.   This same game worked fine under XP.   I tried a new game (Dragon Age), with the same result.   I installed all the latest drivers for my video & sound card.

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There are a few possibilities.  The first is that your power supply in your PC is failing or not able to provide enough power.  While you play a game, the power supply could be difficult to provide the power of your graphics card.  The more you play, the hotter the PSU gets.  As a power supply gets warmer, it cannot deliver as all the juice.  For example, you could eventually hit a point where it fails and the computer turns off.

Another possibility is associated with your CPU heat.  If the CPU is too hot, the BIOS can shut down your computer.  However, as a general rule, you are filled with a blue error screen and not just one stop when this happens.

Finally, in very rare circumstances, you may have a motherboard BIOS that fires to stop something in the game code.  I have seen this on old 16-bit, and games with insulation of memory today in games, it seems very unlikely, it does, but you might want to see if your motherboard has an updated BIOS and install it.

My first guess is right, that it is related to energy consumption.  If you happen to have a different power supply, you can try swapping them and to see if the other worked it, or if it of too much, take it to a professional and have them examine the question for you.

Kevin

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