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random shutdowns

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by spiker_22, Apr 17, 2004.

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  1. spiker_22

    spiker_22 Thread Starter

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    My friend has/had a problem with his machine shutting down
    Running XP pro on a 1.4 Gig AMD
    w/ 512 MB DDR 2100, W/ a broadband connection
    Initially I suggested it might be the power supply.
    That tested fine. Someone suggested it might be a virus.
    unfortunately at this time he had already tried two
    other "fixes" He had flashed the Bios because the machine was seeing
    a 128Mb video card as 64MB and his old 64 as 128.
    he also tried to reload via upgrade.
    I had him FDISK the Master boot record and do a fresh install of XP
    Now he says that he has downloaded SP1 from Windows update and during install it took 3 hours.
    I have suggested 2 possabilites here
    1.) that IF he had a virus it may have infected the files he downloaded
    and flashed the bios with and,
    2.) That he has other partitions which he did not blow away which may
    have reinfected
    his new install. I have suggested he do an online V scan.
    Have we missed something? and does anyone know how to either scan
    Bios for Virus, verify or fix CMOS if it is either infected or simply a buggy
    install?
     
  2. dai

    dai

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    turn off the auto reboot to get bsod error message pointing in the direction of the fault,and post it
     
  3. spiker_22

    spiker_22 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Dai!
    but the machine is not rebooting. It is shutting down
     
  4. dai

    dai

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    check all the fans are turning
    check the heatsink is seated
    are there any beeps
    check the temps in the bios
     
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