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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rohitshakti, May 3, 2010.

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  1. rohitshakti

    rohitshakti Thread Starter

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    Hi friends,

    My friend is using a P-III, HCL make with 230w power supply, cd rom, 40GB HDD, 512MB Ram, win XP and 14" crt monitor.

    The problem is that his PC hangs after every 15 min. First i though it was a virus problem and some other software problem, then i formatted the full PC and put a new OS on it. But even then, the PC is hanging very frequently. I even checked the power supply on another P-III, but it is working correctly and that P-III is not hanging. But sometimes the fan of the power supply stops. Is there any method of cleaning it.

    Pls tell me where the problem could be and how to resolve it.

    Regards
     
  2. JennyJackson01

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    Hiya rohitshakti.

    With those specs, the machine has obviously been around for a while and guessing it might be an overheating problem, it`s possible it may have picked up some fluff and dust in important areas.

    Use an air gun or can of compressed air to blow out the inside of the case, paying particular attention to the fans and any obvious build-up. It might be worth taking the CPU heatsink off too and cleaning it up before putting some new thermal paste on it and replacing it as it does dry out over a period of time.

    I`ve always been advised not to oil or grease the bearings of fans as the oil/grease will attract even more fluff and dust so make sure they stay clean and dry but certainly give them a blow-out.

    As a last resort, you could always buy a new PSU as they`re not that expensive, especially the lower wattage versions.

    Jenny
     
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    Do any of the electrolytic capacitors on the motherboard show any signs of bulging or leakage?
     

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    Fan of the power supply stopping............. time for new power supply.
     
  5. rohitshakti

    rohitshakti Thread Starter

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    I don't know how to check that. Pls tell the way to check it.

    I have already cleaned the whole PC with air blower. Pls tell me about the can of compressed air. Does its air finishes after some uses and what is its cost or what is air gun & its cost.

    Would 300w psu be sufficient for this pc or is there a method to repair / clean the power supply.
     
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    The four black cylindrical objects in the photo in my earlier post are electrolytic capacitors. The one at the top right looks like a good capacitor (the top is not bulging and free of any kind of oozing material) The other three show various amounts of leakage of chemicals from a burst top.
     
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    Hiya rohitshakti.

    Compressed air can be bought from most car accessory shops, as well as DIY outlets and very possibly computers retailers as well ... they`re quite well known. As with cans of anything, they do run out eventually and the nozzle acts as the built-in `trigger` part.

    With regards to the electrolytic capacitors that cwwozniak is talking about, think of how a dry cell AA or AAA battery bulges and oozes if it`s left past it`s useable date.

    Jenny
     
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