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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by beetlenut, Dec 9, 2001.

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  1. beetlenut

    beetlenut Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    I have the following sys:
    900 Athlon
    MSI K70 Motherboard
    Nvidia mx 400 graphics card
    380 sdram
    30 gig hdd

    My problem is that for a long time the pc randomly shutsdown, I have been told that it could be anything from bad ram to bad fan/power supply.

    Any suggestions would be grateful.
    Thanks
     
  2. SavvyLady

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    Not nescessarily bad ram but lack of ram sometimes will do that. Even 380MB's may not be enuff if you are multitasking. Also resourses are used up many times for the same reasons as ram might be but is different from ram.
    If there is alot of things in your startup it will use up resources.
    Yes overheating may shut it down too_Other than making sure the fan is working make sure the vents are clean and you
    also need to keep the cache clean.


    Savvy :)
     
  3. beetlenut

    beetlenut Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advice,but not multitasking,and startup programmes kept to minimum. Will try cleaning fan.
    Perhaps more detail of problem would help,when computer
    shuts down screen goes black and DPMS going to sleep
    message appears, computer will not restart until it has been turn
    ed off at power supply(wall) and left for a few miniutes

    Any further advice welcome

    Thanks Beetlenut
     
  4. SavvyLady

    SavvyLady

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    You seem to know how to take care of it so Im just going to ask a couple questions...
    1.When is the last time you ran an updated virus scan?
    2. When did you last run a scan for spyware?(Adaware or similar)
    3. When is the last time you did maintenace on your system?

    Savvy :)

    PS... whats your MaxCacheFile size? I think its supposed to be about 25% of total Ram.
     
  5. $teve

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    sounds like your power supply is not letting you back in till its cooled down,i would certainly check the dust and venting around your box........and try anything to make the room cooler.....turn off the heating,open a window...encase it in ice....well,not exactly,but you get the idea?
     
  6. beetlenut

    beetlenut Thread Starter

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    Hi
    Thanks for the tips,cleaned all vents and fitted new fan
    rated for 1.7 any other suggestions welcome

    Thanks Beetlenut
     
  7. RandyG

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    Actually, I had been having the same problem with my Athlone. I always had the powerSave features set to turn off monitor first, then go to standby, and finally to turn off hard disk. I found that my system would randomly reboot as well. I switched my power save settings to "never" for standby and Hard drive, but still shut off the monitor. I haven't had a problem with it since, but that has only been a few days now.

    I believe it has to do with the way Athlones run hot, and the fan always staying on. Going into standby just messes with it all.
     
  8. beetlenut

    beetlenut Thread Starter

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    Hi
    Sorry so long to get back to you. Im affraid I have tried
    all the power save options, but Iam glad its worked for you
     
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