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Computer shuts down as if there was a power outage

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jeremyhak2, Oct 30, 2010.

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  1. jeremyhak2

    jeremyhak2 Thread Starter

    Oct 30, 2010
    Hi, new to this forum and its great to be here!:) I have a problem... here's the story:
    I'm using my 2+ year old computer when all of a sudden I hear some sort of hissing sound, and the smell of burnt plastic. I was scared out of my life thinking something is being fried. I turned everything off, and checked all the hardware in my computer. Everything seems fine, until I saw the power cord. The rubber end of the cord connecting the computer was burnt out. I found that I bent the cord too much which probably caused the problem, so I changed the power cord, cleaned the computer out with compressed air and booted up the computer again. The problems I have is that the computer sometimes shuts down unexpectedly, from 10 minutes to half an hour at most. Pressing the power button does nothing until I unplug and replug my power cord. Then other times the computer unexpectedly restarts and freezes at bios screen. I'm leaning towards a failing PSU, but I'm not quite sure. Thanks in advance for any help...
  2. dustyjay


    Jan 23, 2003
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    I would exect a power supply problem given the event you described.
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