Okay so this is a VERY strange issue. But I have a (very old, beaten, soon to be replaced) laptop with an AMD Radeon, 4GBs of RAM, and a 512 GB HDD. I tried running Dark Souls 2, and it SHUTS OFF my laptop after a few minutes. When I named my character, lighting the first bonfire, and stepping into the mist, all shut my laptop down and I was not able to turn it back on for an hour later each time. Strange thing is, this happens on any graphics setting on Dark Souls 2, but I can run games like Call Of Duty: Black Ops, Battlefield 3, BioShock Infinite, and League Of Legends fine, on high, no problems. What could possibly be going on? My laptop isn't even hot when this happens.

  • Possibly relevant... but it doesn't explain the power issue...
    – Ben
    Apr 22, 2016 at 6:32
  • I just got done fixing a PSU problem (by replacing a 10 year old PSU) on a desktop system. One of the symptoms was that DS2 would shut down the computer when passing a mist wall. The game would work fine otherwise. I could reproduce it at will at certain specific mist walls.
    – Yorik
    Apr 22, 2016 at 15:21
  • @Yorik So replacing the PSU might work? But it might not be worth it since I'm getting a new laptop (AMD Lenovo) soon. Apr 22, 2016 at 15:22
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    When XP came out, Microsoft made the PR move to "eliminate Blue Screens" (it was a selling point!) by setting the default to "automatically restart on Blue screen errors". Make sure you computer is set to not auto restart. If it still powers down, then you most likely have a power problem.
    – Yorik
    Apr 22, 2016 at 15:23
  • I think you ought to dig around and ensure it is not a software problem to save yourself some money chasing after shadows. Modern desktops ought not just power off for no reason, but laptops do have PSU/battery drivers that can complicate the picture. I was able to diagnose it finally by hooking up a second PSU to power my GPU PCIe card.
    – Yorik
    Apr 22, 2016 at 15:25

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You could use GEM/GeDoSaTo and scale down the graphics a bit to see if this will get things stable. Could also be that a specific component gets hot to localized for you to 'feel that it gets hot'. Give HWMonitor a try.

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