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My Comp Shuts off randomly

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bxboogie, Feb 15, 2007.

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  1. bxboogie

    bxboogie Thread Starter

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    hey guys Im here looking for some help. my comp just shuts off at any time, its been happening for a while now. I had XP running now upgrade to vista ultimate, I have a ASUS Mobo with an athlon xp 2800+, 2 512 RAM sticks and a 160GB HDD. I've switched the PSU, I just bought a new heat sink for CPU, got nothing nothing. Now it comes on for the first time then it shutoff after like 3mins then vista doesnt even fully stat up before it shutsdown every other time. Before WIndows didnt say why its doing it but now since upgraded to vista its saying that it could be bad drivers for the video card (which is intergrated) or the video card itself. I was considering installing an AGP video card but I wondered if windows is wrong I dont want to spend the money if its not the video card. any1 have a clue as what could be the problem? I have ran many apps to check the temp of the cpu, and the mobo. I tried an app for fan speed, I got the drivers from VIA website. I'm thinking about upgrade but I need to resolve this issue soon until I can upgrade the mobo itself.
     
  2. telegramsam

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    Look in your device manager for issues. If you have a driver issue, it will likely show up there.

    You're looking for question marks or exclamations.
     
  3. bxboogie

    bxboogie Thread Starter

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    evrything in device manager is normal.
     
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    Try starting with only one stick of RAM. If that fails, try the other.

    Or run this utility overnight: http://www.memtest86.com/
     
  5. bxboogie

    bxboogie Thread Starter

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    I've used the memtest app and also one provided by Microsoft. I've tried each stick at different times. I've tried my brothers RAM also. I guess I'm going to just save some money and rebuild but keep the HDD and the drives. I've tried everything but I guess the mobo is probably gone or something.

    THNX for the help
     
  6. telegramsam

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    Don't give up just yet...

    You should be able to check your idle temps in the BIOS under hardware monitoring. See what those are.

    Also, you reapplied thermal paste when you replaced the HSF, right?

    Another thing to consider is a bad install of Vista. Did this start after the Vista installation?
     
  7. bxboogie

    bxboogie Thread Starter

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    this just started acouple months ago. I've noticed it doesnt restart will loading BIOS but once windows (XP or Vista) would start then sometimes right before loding the desktop sometimes afterwards
     
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    "you reapplied thermal paste when you replaced the HSF, right?

    what r your temps in the bios?
     
  9. crjdriver

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    Did you pull the board to install the new hsf? It is possible to install the socket A hsf backwards. This makes the system overheat and shutdown.
     
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