Computer turning off

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  1. FlyingHigh

    FlyingHigh New Member

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    I have this old (about 8-10 years) computer and it just shuts off randomly by itself and turns itself back on.

    I'm not sure if its a software issue or a hardware issue?

    I did a virus scan, the computer has none.

    Could it be the power supply? I have no idea...


    Thanks.
     
  2. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Yeah, probably the power supply. Get memtest86, boot it from the CD, and let it run. If it still turns off, that rules out anything windows or software related. Have you looked inside? Are all of the fans turning OK? Then again, at that age, its probably trying to tell you something. ;)
     
  4. Hmm I would say overheating but I'm not sure it would turn itself back on.
     
  5. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    power supply. i had a computer like this. it would shut off randomly...then turn on whenever it wanted
    it would also turn off whenever i connected an ethernet cord and turn back on when disconnected. (ethernet was onboard)
    i thought it was the mobo, but i swapped in a power supply first and found out that was the problem
    that computer is still going strong to this day
     
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    Overheating?
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    swap the power supply and tell us what happens
     
  8. keensab

    keensab Bang Boom Pow!

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    you should be able to change that setting in your bios. Automatically shuts off and reset. But it won't help the overall issue of overheatimg most likely, will just keep your computer suffering in the mean time.
     
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    Had same problem on my parents older HP. Fan seized up in the PSU and caused it to overheat and cook itself. Put a new one in and works great now.
     
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    You said turning off. If it is just restarting by itself, look on your computer for a file called mssync20.exe and I think the other is mssync20.dll. That's malware that restarts PCs.
     

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