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Random power downs! What could cause this?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by HookeyStreet, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. HookeyStreet

    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    A friend of mines PC keeps powering down randomly and then it wont switch back on for upto 20 mins later :confused: I thought the PSU could possibly be on its last legs but surely it would just powerdown and never come back on if this was the case :confused:

    Her PC specs are as follows:

    CPU: Intel Celeron D 335 2.8GHz
    MoBo: GigaByte 8S661FXM-RZ
    RAM: 256MB GeIL DDR400
    HDD: 40GB Maxtor
    GPU: ATi Radeon 7000 64MB
    Case: Antler Supercase PC-115BL
    PSU: Generic 350W (called Premier, freebie with case)
    OS: Windows XP Home Edition SP2
    BIOS: Latest F10 version

    Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions :D
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2006
  2. bruins004 New Member

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    Generic PSUs are always a headache. I wouldn't even bother to ever use one since it can fry parts easily. Also, take a look and make sure that the CPU isnt overheating. Make sure the heatsink is on properly.
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    yeah, thermal protection COULD be kicking in, go into BIOS and check temperatures of running components. If anything alarms you, a heatsink is either loose or too small for the job. If everything looks normal, go get yourself a nice PSU :p http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817153023 should suit your needs.
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    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    Cheers guys, Im going to remove the heatsink and fan, clean the CPU, put on a fresh layer of Arctic Silver 5 and then install my unused P4 3.2 heatsink & fan. Hopefully this will help the temp problem and possibly the switching off one :) If not I will tell her she needs a new PSU :(
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    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    I did the above and the temp is now @ 35-38c from standstill now :) So hopefull problem solved :)

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