Computer Help v.shutting down by itself

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  1. Cheeseburger

    Cheeseburger New Member

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    My buddy's computer won't stay on after it starts up. Once its shuts down on him and is about to let it reboot, he'll try to get into safe mode but it doesn't show a safe mode option nor will F8 work to get it into safe mode. It keeps running a different scan called an IDE.

    Any help or ideas to troubleshoot his problem?

    Thank you!
     
  2. DAN513

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    heat problems? When was the last time the dust was blown out of the cpu heatsink or the rest of the fans?
     
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    just to clarify,.. does the pc turn off or reboot?

    if it does turn off, usually its overheating, power supply problem, or you have defective hardware.

    rebooting,... it could be an OS problem, driver issues, bad ram, etc.

    IDE scanning is part of the boot process. it's normal unless it encounters detection issues.

    anyway,.... check the hardware.
    if its not the hardware, repair/reinstall the OS, then update drivers.
     
  4. Cheeseburger

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    thanks guys. I don't know a whole lot about this stuff but I googled some stuff just to see if I could find anything. And most of it mentioned the heat sink and what not. I'm going to guess it was that.
     
  5. deusexaethera

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    Turn on the computer, and THE FIRST THING YOU DO, right-click on My Computer and open its Properties window. Go to the Advanced tab, look down at the "Startup and Recovery" section, and click the "Settings" button. Look for a checkbox called "Automatically Restart", turn it off, and click OK.

    Now, if you get a bluescreen, it'll actually let you read it instead of rebooting instantly.
     
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    dumpfile is more useful.
     
  7. deusexaethera

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    Only after you know whether there's even a computational error occurring. That's what the bluescreen is for. If it reboots without showing that, then it's a hardware problem.
     

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