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#1 Jan 17 2009 at 3:53 PM Rating: Good
...and today, its even more deathlike than usual - It keeps randomly turning itself off. No warning, just whirr-click-off. Last time it did this, it was due to a clogged fan (I dont have a casing so dust gets in) but I've had a check and it's not that .

Anyone have any ideas what it might be thats causing this ?
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#2 Jan 17 2009 at 3:59 PM Rating: Good
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Bad power supply can cause it.
Bad RAM can cause it.

There may be something in the Event Viewer that will tell you some information as to what errors are causing it.

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Event Viewer
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#3 Jan 18 2009 at 7:46 AM Rating: Decent
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Anyone have any ideas what it might be thats causing this ?


Clogged fan. :) Could be literally dozens of things, likely related to heat triggering a fail safe shutdown to try and save your CPU from melting.

Good luck.

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#4 Jan 19 2009 at 8:53 AM Rating: Good
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I had that happen on a computer I built for my brother. One of the power wires for the CPU fan was causing the fan to not turn, and the CPU was getting hot. There wasn't anything in the windows event viewer either. I started it up with the cover off and immediately saw the problem.
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#5 Jan 21 2009 at 11:33 AM Rating: Decent
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I'd point the finger of blame are your power supply. Trying running on just 1 stick of RAM (Don't forget to adjust the BIOS setting), alternate sticksto determine if it's still shutting down. If it stays running with 1 stick then the other one is probably bad. If it still shuts down with either stick, then it's probably not a RAM problem (it's highly unlikely that both sticks would be bad). If you only have one stick, go buy another you can always use more RAM =)
Next restart and enter your BIOS setup. In there should be a PC health status, monitor your CPU temperature. While you're in there check your settings and make sure everything is set to the correct levels. Are you getting the gernal idea here? Try to narrow down the problems one by one.
I always use the motto "If it can't be fixed in a handful of hours, reinstall Windows"
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#6 Jan 23 2009 at 3:34 AM Rating: Decent
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I would advice you to remove all the unnecessary hardware and see how it will perform. Also to remove possibility of viruses - you can try a Linux (Ubuntu for instance) live CD play with it and if in Linux it will not malfunction then you might have a software problem...
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#8 Mar 11 2009 at 9:35 PM Rating: Decent
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Vacuum your computer regularly! Smiley: nod
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#9 Mar 15 2009 at 3:56 AM Rating: Default
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may be theres a virus in your software and gently clean your computer regularly.. computer hardware are very sensitive when it comes to cleaning.. and may be you need some upgrades in your computer... that my solve your problem.. ^^,
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