#1
Hey folks, my PC keeps shutting its own ass down, usualy when i'm watching videos or doing a few things at the same time, i have a sneaky feeling its one of 2 things:
A)Ram problems
B)Power supply is screwed
I've formatted a few times but this hasnt helped
I have all the correct saftey measures installed
any help would be appreciated, i'm not so bright with computers.
#3
if it logs off and shuts down i think you have a virus

if it switches off, you probably have power issues OR possible overheating issues
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if it logs off and shuts down i think you have a virus

if it switches off, you probably have power issues OR possible overheating issues

yeah it just switches off...
its doomed isnt it.
#5
PSU or motherboard. Also could be a virus.

As mentioned, overheating could cause this too, but you would likely get other problems along with it (unless it's just the mobo/CPU that overheating).


PSU's aren't that hard to replace, really. Especially if you spent a few extra bucks and get a modular one.
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Powersupply deffo, if it was RAM you'd get errors. PSUs arent very fun to replace either Im afraid



power supplys arent hard to change
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#7
take it to like pc world or sumthing and have them look at it. it might be fixable
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#9
Well I hated it, building my own comp the damn wires werent long enough

Just a bad experience I guess
#10
Probably overheating.
You might be missing a video card, or it could be the power supply.
Mine does the same thing because the jackass who built it didn't put in a video card, after I clearly stated I wanted a gaming computer.
#11
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Hey folks, my PC keeps shutting its own ass down, usualy when i'm watching porn or doing a few people at the same time, i have a sneaky feeling its one of 2 things:
A)Ram problems
B)Power supply is screwed
I've formatted a few times but this hasnt helped
I have all the correct saftey measures installed
any help would be appreciated, i'm not so bright with computers.


uhh
just read what you typed, it's obviously too much man juices on the keyboard and other components.
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#12
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Probably overheating.
You might be missing a video card, or it could be the power supply.
Mine does the same thing because the jackass who built it didn't put in a video card, after I clearly stated I wanted a gaming computer.

Umm... If you didn't have a video card than you wouldn't be able to see anything on your monitor at all, so shutting down would be the least of your worries.
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get a mac

problem solved
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Kick it's ass back up?
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#16
I have the same prob with one of my older comps. Restartings when doing more than a few things and watching vids. I'm pretty sure it's an overheating problem, because when I opened up my computer and put a fan on it, it restarted about 1/2 of the times it normally did.
#17
anyway, cheers for all the help folks that gave mea serious reply, i'll take it to a tech tomorrow before it burns its self out.
#18
Power supply, go to newegg.com and get a medium priced one they are not very hard to change at all. It will take you maybe 10 minutes to do just remember what everything plugs in to
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Power supply, go to newegg.com and get a medium priced one they are not very hard to change at all. It will take you maybe 10 minutes to do just remember what everything plugs in to


500w is good enough.
#20
My first guess is overheating.

Next time it does that, press delete when it boots up to enter the bios. Somewhere in there there's a hardware monitor thing that lets you check the temperatures of your processor (and maybe something else). If the temperature seems too high, get another fan for your computer.
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#21
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Umm... If you didn't have a video card than you wouldn't be able to see anything on your monitor at all, so shutting down would be the least of your worries.


Not necessarily, lots of cpu's come with onboard graphics chips. My pc came with a 256 ati on board chip.
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Umm... If you didn't have a video card than you wouldn't be able to see anything on your monitor at all, so shutting down would be the least of your worries.


Pretty much every modern(ish) Motherboard has some sort of integrated graphics processor, so stuff would show up but it would probably look very blurred.


As suggested before, probably an overheating problem. Download a temperature monitoring program, or do it through BIOS. Computers shut themselves off to prevent any damage to hardware once they reach a certain temperature (probably around 80 degrees). Since it's happening when you run resource intensive applications, it highly suggests that your CPU is heating up when under load, the only things you can do if this is the case is get a more powerful CPU that runs cooler, or get a new fan.

If it is an overheating problem, then I'd highly recommend you stop using the system, since it can seriously damage your CPU and motherboard. My previous computer had an overheating problem and it'd shut down whenever I ran a game, or other resource intensive program, and when I went to get it fixed the resistors/transistors all around my CPU socket had blown, rendering the motherboard useless, and the CPU had to be replaced since it was going through temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

Edit -

If you want more information, then you could set the computer to BSOD you instead of restarting instantly, although it could cause serious damage to your hardware. Assuming you're using Windows XP, go to Control Panel>System>Advanced Tab>Startup and Recovery>Settings>Uncheck "Automatically restart". This will give you a blue screen the next time your system fails, and you can write down the error code it returns and use it to help target the problem. You'll then need to shut off the system manually either through power supply or just holding the off button normally works.

Extension to the person belows response, dust can also prevent proper airflow reaching your CPU, and could be a reason behind the problem, assuming it is overheating.
Last edited by Hawiz at Apr 30, 2008,
#23
get some compressed air and clean out all the dust from your computer.

Not a vacuum because vacuum = static electricity, and static electricity is the AIDS of computers