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    Question computer randomly shuts down

    Hi,
    I'm having some trouble with my computer that I built. I built it about a month ago, and it was working fine until now. For some reason, ever since yestraday, it just shuts down on me suddenly and without warning. It happened four times so far, and the intervals between the shut downs are different (5 minutes to an hour or so). I dont know if its a power supply issue because the mobo lights are still on. Its 450 watts too, but maybe its bad quality. I'd just like to know if anyone knows what might be causing this or has experienced anything similar. Maybe I knocked something out of place or some other such thing. My speakers and monitor and everything still stays turned on, though. Thanks a bunch beforehand :)

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    We can't help you without more information. Please provide full system specifications (including the manufacturer of the PSU) and what operating system you're using.

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    sry, here are my specs:
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    ASUS K8V SE Deluxe mobo
    Kingston 2 x 512 mb RAM
    Radeon 9800 Pro 256 megs
    and my power supply just came with the case, its says Turbo Power... Im not sure what my case it, but the side fan has Powmax on it, so maybe that's it...
    I checked everything inside, and it seems to be in order. I really dont know what to do. It is possible that its the power supply?
    I can't boot it up using the regular button either.. i have to restart the power.
    oh, and I'm using Windows XP professional, with SP 2.
    Last edited by tAtibAbi; 09-03-2004 at 12:03 AM.

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    Tell us what kind of RAMs you got. Maybe the speed is too low and the ram is being stressed too much. Another thing, try another hdd. I had a hdd that turns itself off when it gets too hot before.
    -Case - Aspire X-Dreamer (Silver)
    -Processor - P4 2.8C OC 3.26GHz
    -Motherboard - Chaintech S865PE Socket 478 Intel® Pentium 4 800MHz FSB Intel 865PE + ICH5
    -RAMs - pqi TURBO (2 x 1GB) DDR400 Dual Channel 2.5-3-2-5
    -Graphic Card - HIS ATI 512MB X1650 Pro
    -Hard Drive - Western Digital 7200rpm 8mb cache (250gb)
    -CD Drive - NEC DVD-RW ND-2510A

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    Two things come to my attention:

    A generic case power supply.
    This is very likely to be the problem. I'd suggest you replace it with a good 400W or better from a good brand name. I'd recommend Thermaltake or Antec. Also, you may not have some cables on the inside hooked up properly if the power button doesn't work. If not, then it is almost surely a PSU issue.

    Service Pack 2.
    While I've haven't heard of it causing problems this severe, it's quite possible. In fact, if you managed to get you Security center spoofed, you could have a serious virus issue right now. Get HiJackThis from my signature and post the log.

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    Your problem is likely to do with SP2, http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;878474
    Did this start after you installed SP2?

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    I can assure you that there is nothing "turbo" about that psu. Try a decent one.
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
    tt aquariusII liquid cooled/ arctic silver ceramique
    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

    opteron 146 @ 2850 (10x285)
    DFI infinity nf4 ultra
    thermaltake tsunami dream -black
    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
    samsung sata dvd-rw
    2x1024 ocz black
    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    Powmax makes a decent Power Supply...

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    Yeah, read the MS KB article Wayout linked to. SP2 may be the problem. If not, PSU is still a possibility.

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    Default Re: computer randomly shuts down

    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Powmax makes a decent Power Supply...
    You would really trust a $21cdn ($15us) psu?
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
    tt aquariusII liquid cooled/ arctic silver ceramique
    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

    opteron 146 @ 2850 (10x285)
    DFI infinity nf4 ultra
    thermaltake tsunami dream -black
    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
    samsung sata dvd-rw
    2x1024 ocz black
    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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