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I run windows XP home editon. My computer is an HP and only 2 yrs old. About once a day it just shuts off. It says DPS mode off. No warning, no nothing. Just "tink" and it is off. I loose everything I am working on!

I have owned 3 computers in 6 years and know computers are only meant to last 2 years and then they get "brain damage" and have to be used as boat anchors.

How can I fix this or can I? I just need to extend the life 3 more months!

Thank you!
 
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I have no idea what to tell you. I have had my current computer for about 6-7 years now and it runs fine. It has the occasional "kink" that i have to work out like now. But havent had to replace it. Have you updated the graphics card and just about everything else? Or does it have to much stuff on it? I dunno im not exactly the best person to answer this but those are the basics i believe.
 
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Yeah, I'm running three machines here that are over three years old - one has been in constant service for close to 6 years. Computers don't get "brain damage", they just get overwhelmed by the steady glut of bloatware that requires more and more horsepower to run.

In any case, my first guess would be that your machine is overheating, that will often cause random shutdowns. Download, install and run SpeedFan and see what your temps are - if the CPU temp in particular is up over 70-75 degrees, that's your problem. Likely means your CPU fan is dead and needs to be replaced.
 
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