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Old 01-05-2005, 04:06   #1 (permalink)
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Computer GURUS ..... HELP!!!!!!

I have a very annoying problem thats been going on for a while..... seemed to stop & is now happening again

My computer ( a tower type jobbie) keeps on cutting out on me .......sometimes I get a few minutes on it & sometimes its only seconds ... I really hope its long enough this time to complete this post ;(

Last time it stopped I had all the sides off it & laid it on its side ......... I decidded to rearrange my office the other day & now have it on a shelf still laying down but it keeps on cutting out.

I have checked to make sure that all the plugs & bits inside are in the right place & secure .... ran anti-virus (yes it is updated daily) but still to no avail .....

Ive evne tried a new power board ........... the one that you plug the cords into ... not the computer power box thinggy .......

Any ideas ???????
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:13   #2 (permalink)
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Off to the puta shop for you.
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Re: Computer GURUS ..... HELP!!!!!!

It could be any number of things.

Are there any fans going inside it when it does this?

Is the computer running at all?

When it is running is the fan on the processor running?

Have you dropped anything into it at all?
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Coolies ..... about the new ute ........ I was hoping to fix this computer myself ..... Xmas + kids = no $$$$$$$ :(
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It could be any number of things.

Are there any fans going inside it when it does this?

Is the computer running at all?

When it is running is the fan on the processor running?

Have you dropped anything into it at all?
There are fans going for a time after the screen goes blank ....... the lights are still on as well but then no sound at all(but lights are still on)......... Nothing has been dropped into nor the computer been dropped...... to my knowledge anyway, dont think the kids would really admit to killing my lifeline if they did ......

I have changed the plug hole the power cord was in again(for the 3rd time) & this is the longest ive had it on for ages ........

Could it be as easy as the powerboard being faulty ?????

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First I'd eliminate it as a software problem so you can confirm if it's definatley hardware to look at then.

Set a bios password and just boot the computer up to the bios password prompt and leave it sit there for a while and see if it still shuts down. A less-ideal way to do this would be just to boot Windows (which it sounds like you're running) into a safe, command-line only mode and leave it there. If you don't get shut-downs then it's a software issue. My reccomendation would be to ditch Windows and run Linux, but not everyone is receptive to my ideas lol. Else, look at Windows power management settings or any updates for Windows and/or your bios which may affect the Windows<>BIOS APM/ACPI interface etc. Check for wierd power maganement settings in the BIOS too - turn PM completely off in BIOS and Windows if in doubt as it can be more trouble than it's worth. It could also be a virus/trojan or whatever else that you just can't detect.

If it's definatley hardware, the first thing I'd check is maybe monitor your 240v outlet with a multimeter while the computer's running to ensure no power glitches (if you have a suitable multimeter etc.) - then look to maybe replacing your computers power supply (try one first before you buy one to make sure that's the problem if possible). If you do buy a power supply, get a top-quality brand-name one. Some cheaper and/or generic PSUs are known to have a dodgey power-good signal - they just bridge the PG wire to a constant +5v wire and that can cause many intermittant probs etc. maybe similar to yours.

Maybe not much help, but best I could do without seeing/testing the machine or knowing more details - I do offer Australia-wide on-site support though as long as the customer pays travel costs :)

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Just seen you latest post - sounds a little more like power manangement issues.

Like I said before - try turning all power management options completely off in both the bios and Windows and see if that fixes it. If it does, then you can try just turning the DPMI monitor power-saving back on in Windows just so your monitor can go auto-off - that may or may not work, else leave all PM settings off and just hit the power button on the monitor when you leave your computer

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Thanks for that Steve. I am just updating the antivirus & adaware programs again & then will go from there .........

Fingers crossed so far so good ............ This thing is still on


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Re: Computer GURUS ..... HELP!!!!!!

Hmmm. This same thing had been happening to an older computer I have.
There is a reset switch on the back that must have been bumped against the wall or something.....after I hit it a few times and blew the dust out of it, the problem went away......it now powers on and stays on with no troubles.

(just another thing to look for and check, if it's there)

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