Laptop shutting down when playing games


Jun 13, 2014
Now my laptop isn't very powerful, but I'm able to do some light gaming on it. Back when I first got it I was able to play games like X-com enemy unknown, the Arkham games, and Dishonored. I've had it for about two years, and the same games that I was able to play just fine now cause my laptop to turn itself off. I can play for maybe 15min before my screen goes black and the laptop shuts off.

No blue screen, no error message, it reboots fine (with the exception of "your pc didn't shut off correctly" as if I turned it off by way of the power button).

My best guess (I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to computers) is that it's something to do with my drivers, or maybe my laptop's fan?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Laptop Specs

- AMD A6-3430MX APU with Radeon HD Graphics 1.70 GHz
- 6.00 GB of RAM
- Windows 7 64 Bit



Jun 22, 2015
Clean your laptop, take a compressed air can to the vents. The only reason it would shut down like you described is if it is overheating. It is a safety precaution, if it gets too hot, the system shuts down to prevent damage. Maybe also get a cooling laptop pad?