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Dell computer randomly turns off

Q: Dell computer randomly turns off

Okay, well my sister has moved out to Colorado and left her computer here. It seems to have several problems. After about 5 minutes of using it, it just shuts off. If it lasts longer then that, it starts to sound like a airplane about to take off. Then when i shut it down (on my own) it sounds like it is trying to start back up but doesn't actually start. It just keeps on making the noise unless i un-plug it. Any help would be great.

I know it is a Dell Desktop computer using Windows XP. I don't currently have it set up so i cant look at the information but i will do that tomorrow morning once i wake up. How would i find out more information about it though? As i said i'm not sure how long it will stay on for, for me to get alot of information.

Thanks again

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i have a dell inspiron e1505. it is running windows xp media center sp2. i have the intel pro wireless 3945 ABG wireless card built in and am using windows to manage my wifi. the computer has a light which is for wifi, when the wifi is on it lights up green. recently, i have been using the computer and all of a sudden web pages wont load and i notice the wifi light is off. if i try and open network connections though, nothing happens! its very annoying! my only option is to restart computer. any idea how to fix this? i have the latest driver, and i have scanned my computer for viruses (i figured i might as well!) please help! thanks

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my dell inspiron 5110 suddenly started turning off and on randomly and after getting turned off it comes back again after touchpad is scrolled. then again it gets turned off after a while.   what might be the problem??  

could someone plz help.

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Hello everyone. I'm having some problems with my computer shutting down randomly. No BSOD. I just reset the BIOS and removed a single GPU, so I am no longer in SLI mode.

Thanks for any help you can give!

Specs below

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Mind if I ask what steps you've taken so far? Given that you are one of the more advanced users, I do not want to post steps that have already been taken, i.e. temperature monitoring, checking for dust, etc. Especially since you put me through those steps when I first started on here, so I know that you know what to look for there.

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Over the past couple of days my computer has just been shutting down randomly. I feel like it might be because its overheating but my dad says its not. Could something be wrong with the fan in the computer?

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What are the specs of the pc?

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hi my computer about 2 weeks old brought custom made for me at cobra computers
and it runs fine and dandy till i decide to play any sort of game from latest 1s to old 1s it turns off randomly without warning and error message till i load up and comes up with options how to start windows up saying it turned off to protect vital data but doesnt give reason but doesnt always happen which is the weird problem i done every test i could from benchmarking to malware checking all thats fine the temprature of all my components hardly reach 35c when i play for example empire total war on full spec and 1920x1080 it reaches about 45c-50c here my specfications

microsoft windows 7 6.1 home premuim edition direct x 11.0
amd athlon II x2 250
asustek computer inc model m3n78 se
nvidia chipset nforce 720a
ddr2 4096mb 2x2gb
1 is crucial technology
other is nanya technology
gcard nvidia geforce gts 250 1024mb gddr3

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Take it back to Cobra Computers and ask them fix the problem. It is just too young to work like that.
I think it's the power....

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 5:38:23 PM, on 10/18/2009Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18828)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exeC:\Windows\MHotKey.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exeC:\Windows\CNYHKey.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Northstar\SmartCopy\SmartCopy.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HpqSRmon.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Northstar\SmartLauncher\SmartLauncher.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\\Agent\mcagent.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exeC:\Windows\ChiFuncExt.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Kiwee Toolbar\2.9.201\kwtbaim.exeC:\Windows\ModLedKey.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exeC:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exec:\PROGRA~2\mcafee\V... Read more

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anyone know?Hello DarkxDonnie,While we understand your frustration at having to wait, please note that Bleeping Computer deals with several hundred requests for assistance such as yours on a daily basis. As a result, our backlog is quite large, as are other comparable sites that help others with malware issues. Athough our HJT Team members work on hundreds of requests each day, they are all volunteers who work logs when they can and are able to do so. No one is paid by Bleeping Computer for their assistance to our members.Further, our malware removal staff is comprised of team members with various levels of skill and expertise to deal with thousands of malware variants, some more complex than others. Although we try to take DDS/HJT logs in order (starting with the oldest), it is often the skill level of the particular helper and sometimes the operating system that dictates which logs get selected first. Some infections are more complicated than others and require a higher skill level to remove. Without that skill level attempted removal could result in disastrous results. In other instances, the helper may not be familiar with the operating system that you are using, since they use another. In either case, you wouldn't want someone to assist you who is not familiar with your issue and attempt to fix it, would you?We ask that once you have posted your log and are waiting, please DO NOT "bump" your thread or make further replies until it has been responded to by a me... Read more

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What's the first step in figuring out what's wrong? It has two brand new 250mm fans. When it started doing this last weekend I thought it was overheating, so I got it new fans but the problem has persisted. What else can I check and how?
It's a custom built PC, originally built in 2009.
It's running windows 8.1 64 bit
AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core processor 2.60 GHz
8GB memory
AMD Radeon R7 370 Series graphics card
Seagate  1TB SATA HDD
MSI DKA790GX Motherboard
EDIT: Looking in the Custom log reveals Kernel 41 errors. Tried to run use windows diagnostic to check the memory and it only got to 80% complete (no errors detected yet) before shutting down with another 41 error. This leads me to believe it's not memory since it had the error during the test, and my assumption would be the memory wouldn't be in use that way if it were attempting to check it, is this correct? How can I find out which part it is? If it's the PSU or Motherboard etc. IF it's a faulty PSU what do I need to check when buying a new one to make sure it's compatible to my motherboard?

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I don't know what got into my pc. It was running fine and then 3 days ago, it started randomly shutting down.
The times when it shut down:

-Just when i started rendering something in sony vegas
-During minecraft

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6700 @ 2.66GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3071 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 300002 MB, Free - 127998 MB; D: Total - 247211 MB, Free - 117505 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5W
Antivirus: avast! Internet Security, Updated and Enabled


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Hey I've been having this problem for quite awhile now, everynow and again seemingly random my computer will turn of completely then startup again. At first I thought it was a powersupply issue, but after getting a new one I ruled that out. Then I thought it was due to power surgers so I got a surge protector to rule that out. So now I have no idea. The shutdowns do not happen when the computer is under alot of stress. Sometimes I can leave my computer on for days and it will never happen. Any ideas?
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
Windows Vista™ Home Premium, Service Pack 2
Gigabyte 965P-S3
4G of RAM
ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Speakers (Creative SB Audigy 4)
1TB SATA Drive C (Main Drive)
120GB IDE Drive D
120GB IDE Drive

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How big is your power supply, and what brand?

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HI im having problems with my computer it turns off randomly sometimes even after like 30 minutescan anyone please help mehere is my Hijack This log fileLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 10:28:36 PM, on 7/26/2009Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0013)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\USRmlnkA.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exeC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\USRshutA.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.EXEC:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\USRmlnkA.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\itype.exeC:\Program F... Read more

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Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hello! I have a Dell inspiron laptop with a windows 7 OS. A few weeks ago, I had set down my laptop on my bed and had fallen asleep, only to awaken and see that it had turned off. I thought nothing of it then, believing it simply overheated but it's happened a few times since then. Today, I had set my laptop down on a glass table and I fell asleep on the sofa there, only to wake up four hours later with the laptop off. Again, I believed it was a heating problem but turning it on and going to the pool, I would return one hour later to see that it was off once more! It's strange, because it doesn't turn off when I am at it and doing something on the laptop but if I turn away form it, there is a chance that I may find it off when I return. It cannot be that someone is turning it off as I live by myself. Every time I turn it on after finding it off, it takes me to the Windows Error Recovery black page at the beginning.

Could this be a heating problem or something else?

Thank you very much!

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More than likely it IS an over heating issue started or aggravated by leaving it on the bed. That tends to block tightly the air ports in or out that vent the CPU and GPU.

The startup screen you note occurs after a crash so its not going to sleep or hibernation. You should check the power settings anyway and turn off any power saving features while your testing and switch to high performance. This should make the issue occur faster as well. Watch a movie or play a game to heat things up faster.

If that doesn't identify the cause let us know. If it does crash look to cleaning the vents with a vacuum, open the bottom panels and check for lint or dirty heatsinks and fan. if your lucky the thermal past is still good no balled solder issues.
Good luck,

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Hello. I'm a new PC builder and only know the very basics. I just built a new computer and at ran into a few problems. My specs are:
Case: Antec P180 (3 fans)
MB: Asrock 4coredual-vsta
CPU: Intel e4300 (1.8ghz)
RAM: 2GB Kingston DDR2 667
VGA: NVIDIA 7600 GS (edit2)
HD: 320GB Seagate IDE
PSU: Thermaltake 430W
I connected everything (don't know much about PSU, just connected them all, I'm a bit ignorant about the whole voltage thing) and at first it works fine. I let it load and do the disk format thing when installing XP and leave it on while I fell asleep. Few hours later the computer is off. I turn it on and it turns off a few seconds later with nothing on the screen. Tried turning it on around five times and the same thing happens. I leave it alone and look on the internet for some solutions and then tried again. The computer works fine for around 20 minutes and then shuts down again. I try again and then it shuts down few seconds later. I turn it on in the next hour and it lasts for 1-2 hours before shutting down again. I look online with people with similar problems and ones saying its the CPU, the other says its the PSU, motherboard or RAM. I don't know who to listen to. I downloaded Speedfan and Core Temp and ones telling me around 75C. I freak out, go to the BIOS and set the CPU clock speed down. Now its running at 1.20GHz and its still pretty high (speedfan:50C when idle 75C when load / coretemp: 67C when idle and 75C when load). I think its the CP... Read more

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Remove the CPU's heatsink and clean all the thermal paste off. Apply new paste and assemble the heatsink on the CPU

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I am using an HP e-pc machine (which uses a small form factor motherboard) and recently it simply switches off with no warning what so ever. Seems to happen more often when running intense applications.

I'm unable to reboot it using the power switch, I have to manually unplug the cable, and plug it back in at the back to get it to turn on. It'll switch off in dos (in the bios menu) and in windows, no bsod or anything similar.

I thought it was a heat issue, however after ensuring the heatsink+fan were properly set, then leaving the case open and hainvg a second fan blow at it, it still turns itself off.

This is a pentium III machine, and unfortunately there are no temperature gauges in the bios, and I don't everest doesn't recognise any either. The power supply is an external one, similar to a laptop power supply design, using a 19v/3.16A.

I am not normally able to keep it running for over an hour.

Thanks in advance,


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Since you've determined its not a heating issue, it could be a power supply issue. Do you have another power supply you could test?

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A family member has reported that her computer eventually randomly shuts off, often in sleep mode. I've run the followings antivirus programs: Norton Securty (the antivirus installed on the CPU), Norton Power Eraser, AdwCleaner (this found HKCU/registry/conduit), JunkwareRemoval, and MBAM. Besides the "conduit" line AdwCleaner found, everything else comes out negative.
So either this is a crazy virus or something with the computer itself. I caught the CPU turning off randomly. When I turned it back on, the screen saying that the CPU did not turn off right and "window error recovery" showed up. I chose to start up normally and Windows reported the attached picture file (I just took a screenshot of the window). I've no idea what minidump and the oher file is, but I'm guessing minidump has to do with memory.
Here's the last error report as well:
Shut down unexpectedly
‎3/‎1/‎2015 4:12 PM
Not reported
Problem signature
Problem Event Name:    BlueScreen
OS Version:    6.1.7601.
Locale ID:    1033
Files that help describe the problem (some files may no longer be available)
Extra information about the problem
BCCode:    9f
BCP1:    0000000000000003
BCP2:    FFFFFA8008059060
BCP3:    FFFFF80000B9C4D8
BCP4:    FFFFFA800C6968D0
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Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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I know there is a topic that addresses this already, but I have some computer-specific questions related to the procedure/advice that is given in the other thread. I have a IBM ThinkCentre 3.0Ghz machine that is randomly shutting itself off. It appears to be an overheating issue. The other post recommends checking the fans. I see two fans in there (they both work), but does anyone know how many fans there are in this machine (it's a tower). Is there a hidden fan that isn't working or is it just the two I can see? Second, if the heatsink has a thermal pad, do I still need to apply a new layer of thermal paste? Third, what temperature should a computer run at? The other post included a link to a diagnostic tool, but I don't have any benchmark for comparing my computer. Also, if the computer shuts down when it gets hot, how can I use the tool?

Thanks for your help!

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computer shuts off randomly

Do you mean that if I just leave the computer sitting there after it has shut down, it will turn back on after 5-10 minutes? When the computer does its "I'm turning myself off in the middle of a process" routine, the mouse, keyboard, harddrive, all that junk turn off, but the power light remains on. Will it restart after it cools down? Also, when I try to restart the computer, it will get to the desktop, then shut down. It does get by the BIOS and loadup screens, though. Is this normal for an overheating issue? Finally, what kind of issues could it be with RAM? Are there any tests/diagnostic tools to check?


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Hey, folks!

My new computer (one month old) recently started turning itself off seemingly at random (while playing a game, surfing the web, etc.). At first I thought it might be a faulty PSU, video card or mobo, so I took my rig into the guys who built it for me and they replaced the video card. This didn't solve the problem. I took it back and this time, since they too were baffled, they kindly gutted my machine and replaced every part (or so they say) including the video card, mobo and PSU. In fact, they upgraded the mobo to a higher-end model as their way of saying sorry! Everything seems to be running a lot smoother and the shutdowns are happening a whole lot less often - only once since I brought it home from the most recent repair attempt. In my book, though, once is still one time too many.

I've done my fair share of research on the issue and advice on the matter seems to range from a bad video card, mobo or PSU to Windows XP being finnicky to a loose stick of RAM. Needless to say, I am stumped and so are the guys who built this machine for me. So, with that said, I turn it over to you - the real experts!

Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi! You're my only hope!

System specs (as far as Everest and my uneducated eyes will tell me) are:

OS: Windows XP (Pro, SP3)
BIOS: Award (09/11/08)
CPU: 2x Intel Pentium III Xeon, 2666 MHz (9 x 296)
Mobo ID: 09/11/2008-P35-W627DHG-6A79OA1LC-00
PSU: One Power PS Premium (AC In: 115V/10A_230V-5A_60Hz/50Hz, DC Out: +3.3V, +5V, +12... Read more

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Hi guys

I was wondeing if anyone could give me a explanation for why my computer randomly turns off after 30-2h of it being on? The computer will boot up fine, load all programs like normal - i can start a game or word doc and work with those for a bit but then the computer randomly turns itself off! It wont turn back on straight away unless i turn it off/on at the back and unplug-plug it back in.

Now, I've concluded from tests that it is not the PSU (PSU tester) or a temperature problem (I've monitored my CPU - doesnt go over 50C = but not tested the MOBO temp - case temp is about 40-45C).

My specs are: ASUS P4-800SE, P4 2.8GHz, 1 GB DDR RAM, 320GB HDD, 500W Coolermaster PSU, 512MB Radeon 1650PRO AGP, Soundblaster 5.1.

I was wondering it could be bad RAM or MOBO - how could I test each component exclusively? Does it matter that the RAM (2*512MB) are in slots 1 and 3 (of 4))?

BTW I installed GOW around the time this problem started but did a system restore...

Any help would be much appreciated and merry xmas to all

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Asus boards are usually pretty reliable but a visual inspection to check for damaged capacitors might reveal something - I have had the same symptoms before and it was either the main board or the capacitors in the PSU (Tested OK as well!) that caused the problem. Try another PSU if no fat caps on the motherboard - do NOT under any circumstances muck about with the caps in the PSU - there's almost enough volts in them to kill! No kidding....

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Hi, I am new to this website so I am not sure whether this is the correct forum to post this thread; but here goes.

I recently tried to install some new RAM into my computer and noticed a problem; basically it wouldn't work at all. So after doing a bit of research I found out that it wasn't the right type for my computer. So I removed it. ]

Everything seemed fine until about 2 days later when my computer turned off randomly, without me shutting it down. I thought it could be the computer overheating so I lifted of the shell and cooled it for a bit. Not the problem, even without the shell on it still turns off. I have changed my PSU cable and still not working.

I have a Fujitsu Scaleo P. Any suggestions?

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Have you done antivirus and antispyware scans recently, they can cause your pc to turn off.

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Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 5:38:23 PM, on 10/18/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP2 (WinNT 6.00.1906)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18828)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\IObit\Advanced SystemCare 3\AWC.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Northstar\SmartCopy\SmartCopy.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\HpqSRmon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Northstar\SmartLauncher\SmartLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\\Agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Kiwee Toolbar\2.9.201\kwtbaim.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Plugin Manager\skypePM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL =
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Hi, I'll start with a brief description of my PC. It's a 2400XP with a 400W Q-tec PSU, running Win2K with SP4. I've got ZA free, AVG free, spywareblaster, spywareguard, adaware and spybot as well.

My PC was running fine until a wire stopped the fan from turning, and the CPU overheated a couple of times, and hence turned itself off after an audible alarm. I've sorted this out, and set the fan speed to max, but the PC now regularly turns off with no alarm. It even does it when I use a floppy boot disc and leave it at the A prompt!! Most of the time it turns off after about a minute, but occasionally it will run for a few hours.

Please can anyone suggest where I should look to sort out this problem, as it's driving me mad?

Many thanks in advance, Chris.

A:Computer turns off randomly

Sounds like a hardware problem. Could be the Power Supply or an issue with the Mother Board. Or you may have fried the CPU or a memory chip.

I would replace the Power Supply first and then if that doesn't fix it, test the Memory chips to see if they have any errors.

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I recently installed my hardware components in a new case along with a new hard drive and a new power supply unit. Since the installation everything seemed to be running smoothly, except for the fact that my computer shuts down randomly. When I play Far Cry 2 my computer shuts down consistently after about 20 minutes, and with casual PC use my computer shuts down after about 90 minutes. My guesses for this problem is that there is something wrong with my power supply, despite the fact that it got very good reviews, my motherboard is shot, or some component that is connected to my mobo is overheating. If anyone knows how I can solve this problem, that would be greatly appreciated!

PC Specifications:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 2.7GHz
GPU: XFX Nvidia GeForce 8800GTX
Mobo: Asus P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe

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Yes JoeM076,
I would say that the Corsair is a great power supply! You have an Asus motherboard. Could it have been damaged by static while moving it into another case. Is everything snug and connected securely? What about properly cleaning the old thermal paste off and reseating the CPUs heatsink and fan. How are the case fans? Are they running freely?

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Hi, ive been having this problem for a while but it is not constant. My computer will simply turn off randomly. Sometimes i can go for hours and hours of gaming and it will be fine so ive ruled out over heating as an issue. It was suggested that maybe a slot of RAM had become faulty causing my computer to turn off.

Today i decided to test my RAM by running high demanding programs hopefully causing my computer to switch off. Then i would take out a single slot of RAM to see if that was the problem. The thing is ive been running programs all day and my system hasn't shut off once. I know should be patient but to be honest this is taking the piss.

If anyone has had this sort of problem and could share some information on what may be causing the problem then please help.

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Sorry to hear re your issues with your PC. I have similar issues myself with random shutdowns. They can be very frustrating as well as hard to pinpoint.

Best thing to do is to highlight any other troubleshooting steps you have taken, any errors you have seen and follow this link as it will help more technically minded help you.

It is a sticky at the top re bluescreens. Run those files and post them and maybe someone may be able to help.

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Hello, I have had problems in the past with trojan horses and what not, and thought I had cleaned my computer out. It was running ok for a week or 2, and now it has slowed way down, taking forever to even open up "my computer." Also, a problem that I've had before has returned, which is that the computer will randomly shut off while im using it, while its idling, anytime. I have a dell inspiron laptop running windows xp. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Help! computer has slowed way down and randomly turns off

sounds like your infections did not get really removed so maybe you should try the following
Click here to download HJTsetup.exe:
Save HJTsetup.exe to your desktop.

Double click on the HJTsetup.exe icon on your desktop.
By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Hijack This.
Continue to click Next in the setup dialogue boxes until you get to the Select Addition Tasks dialogue.
Put a check by Create a desktop icon then click Next again.
Continue to follow the rest of the prompts from there.
At the final dialogue box click Finish and it will launch Hijack This.
Click on the Do a system scan and save a log file button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
Click Save to save the log file and then the log will open in notepad.
Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
Come back here to this thread and Paste the log in your next reply.
DO NOT have Hijack This fix anything yet. Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required

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And sometimes won't turn back on for a while. At first I thought there might be a short in one of the connections inside, or maybe a dieing power supply. Those might still be true, but I remembered that this started after I told my computer to "sleep" after 3 hours. That is when it began randomly crashing. I've already turned off sleep, but the problem persists.

My computer will just randomly die. Sometimes when I hit the power button after this happens it turns on for a second, fans spin, lights come on, but it dies again before it even gets to the bios. Every time it has died it has been when it wasn't in use (i.e., when it was at its lowest level of power consumption). Games play fine. All my drivers are up to date that I know of.

Any ideas? I don't want to take apart my computer if this is a bug in windows.

A:Solved: Computer randomly turns off...

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Hello, I have had problems in the past with trojan horses and what not, and thought I had cleaned my computer out. It was running ok for a week or 2, and now it has slowed way down, taking forever to even open up "my computer." Also, a problem that I've had before has returned, which is that the computer will randomly shut off while im using it, while its idling, anytime. I have a dell inspiron laptop running windows xp. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Here is my logfile from HijackThis, don't know if that will be of any help. Thanks!
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:42:46 PM, on 6/18/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\GW\GBUSSNet Client 2.0\cvpnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.e... Read more

A:Computer has slowed way down and randomly turns off

help help

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Hi all

2 days ago I replaced my CPU from a FX6100 to a FX8350, last night and this afternoon I've encountered issues where the computer randomly turned off.

Last night I was just playing Train Sim, and all of a sudden the computer just turned off, no warning no nothing, just switched off, pressing the on button didnt do anything at all, although there was still a light on the motherboard so I had to remove the kettle lead, wait for the motherboard light to go out and then put it back in and turn the computer back on. I thought it was just a random thing and hoped it would go away. But a short time later it did it again while playing train sim.

I downloaded AMD OverDrive just to see the temperature of the CPU and it was saying anything between 50c-60c which quick look on google, people said was pretty hot, so I reapplied the thermal paste and added a little bit extra just to be on the safe side. Started PC backup and the temperature seemed to stable it self at around 45-50c, although when playing Train sim for example it would actually go down to 30c-40c.

The same thing has happened again this afternoon, again playing train sim, and a look at the temperature now, its about 57-59c. So maybe I'm thinking, it's still hot? Or maybe the fact that my power supply is not giving enough power to my system?

I've got a 500W PSU and had so for a few years with no problems, but upgrading my CPU makes me think that maybe its a PSU issue not giving out enough power? Is there a way to ... Read more

A:Time for a new PSU? Computer turns off randomly.

If the problems started when you swapped out the CPU, that is where I would be looking for the problem. You would have to get a Power Supply tester to make sure the proper voltages are being outputed.

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Ok I've been having this prob for afew months.

My comp would just randomly turn its self off while I was playing. It was like someone just pulled the power cord out of the wall, and i could power it up strait away after it did it.
I replaced the PSU thinking it was underpowered and it seemed to fix it.....for only a few weeks and now it has started doing it again. My new PSU is 550w so i don't think its that.

I have a small feeling that it is overheating. In speed fan my first core says 19C but the 2nd one is 53C! is that normal? that is an idle temp btw.

And i can play Left 4 Dead for aslong as i want on low graphics but when i bump it up to MAX setting it will only last about 30mins....And it also seems to turn off faster on hot days

Plz help i have no idea what to do. This comp has been working fine for about a year, why would it start overheating now?

A:Computer randomly turns off while gaming....Please help!!!

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My computer restarts randomly depending on how long in between the times it already restarted. if i haven't used it in a few days it works for a few hours and if it has turned of anywhere from 1min to 5 hours it only stays on for a few secs to a couple of minuets. I have tried replacing almost everything. Including Power supply, ram, hard drive, unplugging everything unnecessary(Video Card, Mouse and keyboard, Network stuff, just the power cord and monitor left in).

I'm 98% sure the processor is not over heating sense i ran programs to check the temp and it shuts down even if the the core and everything is below 35° and the processor is cool to the touch. What has me stumped is I can replace the hard drive with a spare one with Windows XP freshly on it and it will still restart. I have tried to disable all the network drivers installed on my computer.

Any suggestions or thoughts would be great! (Even if you dont think it could be the problem).

The computer has a 700w Power supply. (OCZ Tech)
AMD 6000+ Processor (not over clocked)
2Gigs ram. (A-DATA)
512 8600GTO Video Card.(PNY)
M2N68-LA Mother board... (It's out of a Compact.)((Think its ASUS)
Running Windows Vista 32-Bit.(All Updates)

Tried running it like:
300w Power Supply
AMD 6000+ Processor
512 Ram
Onboard Video
M2N68-LA Mother Board
Windows Vista and XP both 32-Bit

A:Solved: Computer turns off randomly

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Okay, so I've been experiencing this problem for about five months but i only realized it was doing it on it's own in the last two months. at midnight, every single night (unless i use the computer during midnight), my computer randomly turns itself on. i don't know why it does this and i haven't set it to do it (like an alarm or something like that) so i have no idea why it's doing that. can someone please help me ?

A:Computer randomly turns on at midnight ! Help ??

It's turning on from Standby, Hibernate or from completety off???

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Hi, this is my 1st post so bare with me,
i'm running a 2800xp Barton amd (333), 1GB of corsair value ram (333), a radeon 9800 Pro 128Mb, 550watt power supply, on an asus A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard. Basically whats happening is that the PC is just randomly powering down for no reason, just like sum1 pulling the plug on it, and i have to pull the power cord out of the back and wait for a few seconds to turn the thing back on. but its only doing it when i'm playing games on a reasonably high res? but its starting to get worse on the lower spec games aswell now? does any1 have any ideas as to why its doing thins? currently i'm thinking its either the power supply(which is about 2months old) the graphics card ( about 5months) or the ram (1stick about 2months and the other about 6). any information or any1 with the same problem? anything would b useful. Thanks

A:Computer turns itself off randomly for no reason?

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Hey there.

After installing my new XFX 9800 I know have had this turning off randomly issue shortly after I got it. What happens is after a little while of playing (around the couple hour mark) my computer just turns off and doesn't turn back on again. Just before my computer turns off my graphics card's fan goes a bit loud. I did look this up and I figure it is a heating issue. So how can I solve this problem? Is there somewhere on my computer where I can check what fans I got? What fan should I get to support this card? And no this turning off issue has not ever happened before I got my new graphics card.

A:Solved: Computer turns off randomly while gaming!!

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Hi my Computer turns of randomly when i play a game called Alliance of Valiant Arms. It will just turn off at a random time. It never use to do this but now it does it alot... My computer has o viruses or spyware or anything. All clean.


Windows 7
32 Bit
4gb ram
Graphics: Nvida GeForce 9300 GE
Pc is Advent

Any other info let me know

A:Computer randomly turns of when playing a game

Advent Computers seem to have a number of different models. Which one is yours?

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 330 @ 2.13GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 2806 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator HD, 1275 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 226080 MB, Free - 148389 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, TravelMate 5740
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Updated and Enabled
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:03:14 AM, on 15/10/2013
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v10.0 (10.00.9200.16720)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Sony PC Companion\PCCompanion.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mobile App Sync\D2MClient.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Sony PC Companion\PCCompanionInfo.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology\IAStorIcon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NewTech Infosystems\Acer Backup Manager\BackupManagerTray.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Launch Manager\LManager.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Canon\Memory Card Utility\iP6700D\PDUiP6700DMon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Research In Motion\USB Drivers\RIMBBLaunchAgent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDTray.exe
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A:Everything running slow and computer turns off randomly

Here is my Hijack this log. Could you tell me if there are entries I can fix to speed my computer up? I think I have browser hijackers because my firefox has become so slow in the past 2 months.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:09:39 PM, on 14/11/2013
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v10.0 (10.00.9200.16736)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Elements 11 Organizer\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\SearchProtect\bin\CltMngSvc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Launch Manager\dsiwmis.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Acer\Registration\GregHSRW.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InterVideo\RegMgr\iviRegMgr.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R) Management Engine Components\LMS\LMS.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NewTech Infosystems\Acer Backup Manager\IScheduleSvc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\NewTech Infosystems\NTI Backup Now 5\SchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Protexis\License Service\PsiService_2.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Acer\Acer VCM\RS_Service.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\SDFSSvc.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\InstallShield\UpdateService\ISUSPM.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Sony\Sony PC Companion\PCCompanion.exe
C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Updater\UpdaterService.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\Intel(R)... Read more

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For the past few weeks my desktop has been blue screening, turning off randomly, and freezing. I am currently typing this thread on my phone because my PC would freeze within 5 minutes of turning it on. That means that I am unable to attach my dump files unto here.

Some BSODs I got (wrote them down when they happened):
Page_fault_in_non-paged_tree (my handwriting isn't so clear)
Computer info:
Windows 10 - original OS was win7 (I got win 10 as soon as it came out)
1st generation i7 2600 (not sure if this is exact model - this is from the top of my head)
8gb ram
1000 gb hard drive
Dell xps 8300
Nvidia 530 gt 1024mb
PC is 5-6 years old
I currently Have AVG antivirus and had panda few days ago - BSODs showed up with both.

Sometimes the PC would be normal for a week or two and then it would continuously crash for another week. And then this same cycle again (good for a week then crashes again for another... Etc)

After it started crashing I cleaned the PC from any dust (the vents were clogged). It stopped crashing for a month, then came back again. I monitored for temp issues, but it was fine unless I am rendering a video on Sony Vegas (got to 84C). At normal times temp was around 45 if idle, in the 50s if browsing the internet, and low 70smif gaming. I barely game - all the crashes occur when I am browsing (which is what I do most of the time)

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When i play a game started with Age of conan and now world of warcraft my computer will randomly turn off its happening more offten and i only play world or warcraft now,its like the power has been unplugged, moniter still works fine so its not that kind of power source could it be my power supply or graphics card? CPU specs are nivida 8600 directx 10 capatible 1gb gpu, 2gb ram, core 2 duo. Also i tried to download Directx10for Aoc but i have windows XP so its prob not gonna work but i did download something that was suppose to make dx10 work for XP could that be the problem? Also the computer runs fine when im not playing a game. Its not overheating im pretty sure, i have a huge built in fan blowing right on the graphics card right beside a AC unit and it blows out cold air from the exhaust fan. please help

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My computer will randomly turn off. Only if I am using it. I can turn it on and it will sit forever, but if I use it.. Boom. Shuts completely off with no warning, no error, nothing. I need to power it back on by pressing the power button. I went to CMOS and turned on restart on system failure and it does not restart. Don't think it's running hot.. at least, my gcard is only doing 48 C which is low. Idk if it's a software issue or hardware?

I ran a scan of my computer using ESET NOD32 Smart Security = nothing found.
I will attach dxdiag. I cleaned my PC inside the best I know how.. >.<

A:Computer randomly turns off (no reboot, no error)

Welcome to the forum.

Download and install this Speccy and see the temps of your computer.
Download Speccy 1.17.340 -

Disable "Automatically restart" option
Click on the start and type Sysdm.cpl, hit enter.
Switch to Advanced tab and click Settings button of Startup and Recovery.
Deselect the Automatically restart option and click OK to exit.
Download and install all the updates from Windows Updates.

Also replace ESET with MSE from the link below and run a complete scan to make sure you're free of viruses.

Will wait for an update after you've done these.

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So I have had a big problem with my computer. It does not happen that often but when it does it is really annoying and scary. My computer just shutsdown and a screwed up noise goes through the speakers and the fans goes sky high! It happened one time when I play crysis 2. I played it for like 5 minutes before it happened. I booted the computer up and then I had a look at my temps which where around 50C. Started up crysis again and played for like 10 minutes and it only went up to 70C. So it is not an overheating issue! What should I do?

Thanks for any help!

A:Computer turns of randomly and fans go sky high!

shameless bump!

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I'm getting Kernel 41 errors. I've seen this page already and the stop error code and the PowerButtonTimestamp are listed as zero. The page stated that these:

Check the memory:
Power supply:
Were probably to blame. I'm not overclocked, the memory test ran and said my memory was OK, couldn't figure out if it was the PSU so I BOUGHT and brand new one, installed, and am still getting same errors. I also bought two brand new 250mm fans and I'm not overheating. So... what's my next step in figuring out what's wrong?

It's a custom built PC, originally built in 2009.

It's running windows 8.1 64 bit
AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core processor 2.60 GHz
8GB memory
AMD Radeon R7 370 Series graphics card
Seagate 1TB SATA HDD
MSI DKA790GX Motherboard

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Hi Guys, my specs are as follows:

AMD FX9(tm)-4100 Quad-Core Processor
MSI Motherboard(can get model after work)
8GB Ram
Geforce GTX 970
Windows 10
Just updated Power supply to: EVGA SuperNOVA 850 B2 80+ BRONZE, 850W Semi Modular NVIDIA SLI, 110-B2-0850-V1

The computer will turn off randomly. It will also turn off when I exit games on occasion(more likely to turn off than not). This happens without warning with no error message.
I have recently installed my graphics card, an upgrade from a 560(I think). I also recently added a 2TB HD, in addition to my 1 TB, and my 250GB that came with the computer.

I checked the windows log, and after each shutdown I see a critical error message as follows:

"The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly."
Source: Kernel-Power

I believe this is a symptom more than a cause. I can't seem to find an error regarding the crash itself, however I don't really know what I'm looking for, so...

I have three theories, without a lot of substantiation.

1. Maybe it's my main HDD that contains the operating system. Should I try moving this to a newer drive? I did do a HDD check, and it says the HDD is okay, however it's 10 years old...

2. It could be the CPU overheating? I downloaded something to monitor this, and from little knowledge I have on the subject, it seems to be within normal temperatures.

3.... Read more

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This just started today. My computer will run for varying amounts of time from a few minutes to hours. Then without lagging or freezing it just turns off like someone unplugged the power cable. It's my girlfriend's computer so I'm not sure if I can get the specs because I don't know how long it will stay on. I have a spare PSU and 8 gigs of spare ram that I could try if you think either of those could be the problem. Thanks in advance.

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So as the title says i was playing Diablo 3 and my computer randomly turned off. I had no idea why as i was always able to run the game perfectly and my system does meet the system requirements. I cleaned my fan on my computer of dust to stop it from overheating if that was the problem but it still shut off within about half an hour of my playing.

I have no idea why its doing this. I have been playing this game for about a month and never had this issue. My system meets the requirements and i have no other issues with the game. Does anyone know what the problem is here? I am thinking its something to do with overheating but it makes no sense to me.

A:Solved: Computer randomly turns off, playing a game.

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hi there new to this site basically been havin the same problems with my comp over a couple of weeks,

list of problems
computer randoms turns itself off
make beeps at start up
random bluescreens
all games crash tio destop fter random amounts of times

things i have tried
new graphics drivers
2 different gfx cards
these are the normal temp reading i have speedfan
+12v 2.22v

in game
system 33c
cpubetween 55-61c
aux 55-61c
hd0 34c

specs atholon 6000 x2
geforce 250gts 512
2gb ddr 2 800 ram
250gb segate
asrock n61 p-s motherboard

any help would be much appreciated,cheers

A:Computer randomly turns off ,games crashing to desktop

consult the bios beep guide.

you have a hardware issue.

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Hello, SevenForums Community

My Computer is giving me a problem for 1 month!

The problem is that, my computer Freezes randomly, while that is happening my HDD red light Turns Solid RED!

This is totally random, but it happens more times when i'm playing games (ex: Skyrim , GTA San Andreas , The Sims3).

But this happens also when i'm on my desktop.

This problem is making me bald , my pc "back in the days" could run Crysis 2 without a problem, now it freezes randomly.

I hope that you can help me, SevenForums Community.

If you need any information about my Computer tell me.

A:My Computer Freezes randomly while hdd Light turns solid red.

Hey LeonPT, welcome to Sevenforums

First remove all non-essential cards from your machine, i.e sound, modems etc, etc.

Download burn and run memtest from PassMark MemTest86 - Memory Diagnostic Tool. This will test your PC's memory. Leave it running for a few hours.


Download the manufacturers disk for your hard drives. Test and ensure that they are functioning properly.

Remove and clean all components contacts and clean the CPU fan and any other fans in your system.

Report back with results.

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Sorry about wall of text but its a pretty deep problemThis problem started about 2 weeks after I built my PC. One day, it just went poof and turned itself off. 3 seconds later, it automatically turns itself back on. I went into my windows and turned off the setting that means it automatically restarts after power loss, but it will still turn on on its own. I managed to fix this issue for about a month by opening it up, just fiddling about (things like pushing cables like CPU power and mobo power) and then I unplugged it from my surge protector and into my wall socket. It was absolutely fine for a month, I could play the most intensive games, temps are not a problem and nothing would happen. However, a month passed and then one day it turned off and turned itself on again. I am stumped.My educated guess would be that it's the PSU acting up but I am not sure why I fixed it for a month. I have noticed that every time I open up the computer and fiddle inside, I seem to hold off the shutdowns for a week or a few days. I have run memtest for about 2 passes with no errors, and I have not yet seen it shutdown when not in windows. It hasn't shut down in safe mode or in the bios (however I havent tested it for very long)My motherboard was already replaced before the build as it was DOA, and I have run stress tests on the GPU and CPU. (nothing happened)Any help is greatly appreciated, my main question is why was I able to stop the shutdowns for a month, and why is it that... Read more

A:Computer randomly shuts down and turns itself back on automatically

Based on your information, you may have an issue with your reset button. As you built the PC, you're aware of where that is connected to your motherboard. Please disconnect it completely and see if that makes a difference.
I'm not sure by your description if when you "shut down" the PC yourself, if the PC stays off. Could you verify that. I'm guessing that what you're describing is the PC is not shutting off, but rather doing a restart or reset.
You haven't indicated if the Windows is giving you any BSOD or other message, or if it just goes black, and restarts. Please provide that as well.
Let me know,

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Hi guys, not sure if this is the right forum to post this, but any help would be greatly appreciated!

Recently, my computer began shutting off instantly when I was playing any particularly resource-intensive games (specifically Space Marine). Initially I had guessed it was overheating, so I cleaned out all of the components in my PC and restarted, but I was met with the same problem repeatedly.

I had then assumed that the fault was with the PSU, so without any to spare, I ordered a new one. Upon arrival I put it into the PC, but it whirred noisily and smelled like burning. Clearly broken, I sent it back.

A few days later I got a new one, put it in the PC and all was good, the PC got past the boot stage and I booted up Space Marine again, but once more, it broke down and shut off instantly after a few minutes of playing.

I was pretty sure the power supply wasn't likely to have broken three times in a row, so I tried it in another PC and it worked fine. After that, I tried disconnecting each component in turn, ruling out (I think) the DVD Drive, BluRay drive, both Hard Drives and the Sound Card. I tried taking out my graphics card and replacing it with an old one of mine, an 8800gt, and the PC booted up. I was pretty sure that was fixed, because I could play games for a while with no issue. Eventually, however, it crashed again.

Interestingly, whenever it does crash, I can't boot up for a short while, the fans whir for a second and then nothing happens... Read more

A:Computer turns off randomly and sometimes fails to boot... which component is broken?

The motherboard is shot, probably because of the initial bad power supply

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I'm looking for some advice and guidance.
I am not a technical expert on computer hardware. I understand the basics and that's about the extent of it.

My current PC is a Dell desktop/tower; it runs Windows 7; it uses an Intel Core Duo processor. It is a few years old (I'd estimate 3 or 4 years old). I plug my PC into a Belkin surge protector/multi-outlet device, which plugs into the wall electrical outlet.

My problem is that recently the PC randomly has been instantly powering-down and then a few seconds later powering-up again and rebooting. This happens twice or 3 times a day, on average. I have no explanation for it. I do know that it's highly annoying and I'm concerned and want to do something to fix this problem before any permanent damage occurs to my PC.

Last week, I searched the internet briefly for advice, and the two possible causes that popped-up in search results were: A) overheating, or B) issues with the power cord. Given that, over the past week, in my spare time, I have totally rerouted all the cords and wires behind my computer desk, to ensure that no wires were tangling, pulling, or weighing-down on the power cord for my PC. I also totally dusted out the cabinet and backside of the PC tower, and gently vacuumed the "fan" area on the back of the PC, to ensure it was free of dust and lint. I removed some random objects from the PC cabinet (CD's, mice, keyboard, etc.) to ensure that there was plenty of "ai... Read more

A:PC randomly turns off then quickly turns itself back on

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After getting a couple blue screens I am having the following issue:

When I turn my computer on, the fans and drives all start up. After approx. 2 seconds the computer shuts itself off. After another 2 seconds the computer turns itself back on again. This time it stays on but i have no monitor output. I don't hear a beep which tells me it is probably not posting.

I have read a few other threads that have a similar issue but not the same. I am thinking it is either the mobo, GPU, or PSU.

I would like any guidance and assistance that you guys can give me on this specifically what i should look at first and how to diagnose. Thanks. system specs below:

ASUS P5Q Pro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896-P3-1265-AR Video Card
Antec EA650 650W Power Supply
OCZ 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Memory

A:Computer turns on, turns off then turns back on but has no video output

Motherboard Short

I have helped somebody who had a similar issue and it was the motherboard being shorted out by the case. We took the motherboard out of the case and it booted up just fine. Something you might want to try before purchasing new components.

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I hope someone knows the answer.
I have a Dell Inspiron 3847 running Windows 10. Several times over the past 6 months I have noticed my computer still on and the Screen has turned off. Neither the Keyboard or the Mouse responds either.
The only way I can switch off is to hold the power button for a few seconds.
I have prevoiusly made sure the Sleep options, if ever i use them, is only for the computer and never the screen.

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So today I was just watching a YouTube video, not gaming, not doing anything too intensive. Suddenly my computer shuts off with the power button blinking green. No BSOD, just powered off and won't turn back on. I tried unplugging the power cable and holding down the power button for 30 secs with no luck. My computer is pretty hot idle at 60 degrees Celsius. But it's been this way for years with no problem. Could something overheating just by watching a YouTube video? When a CPU overheats it goes into blue screen right? So it can't be my CPU. I have a cooler master PSU. CM is a trusted brand. And I also have an MSI motherboard.

A:Computer randomly turns off with green blinking green light on power

Doesn't necessarily mean the screen will blue out because of heat problems mate run the BIOS and post back the readings for the CPU temp (seems a tad high to me for idle) and the CPU fan speed.

The other thing to do is check out the PSU as well via these
PSU - Jump Start

but try the BIOS first and if you do the PSU stuff DO NOT attempt to open the device itself you just need to measure the volts on the leads. However volts does not necssarity mean enough current (amps)

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AMD Phenom II X6 1045
8gb Corsair Vengance at 9-9-24 and 1600Mhz
Western Digital 1tb Green

I was told this was most likely a problem with HDD or RAM.
So i have tried replacing my HDD with an old spare, but the pc would still turned off. So i am running HD Tune on my primary HDD to test for errors.
The health tab returns no errors though so i am assuming that this is all good.

I ran memtest 86+ overnight , but with both sticks installed, and it returned no errors (should i retry with one stick at a time?) .

The apparent next cause of such an issue would be the PSU, but after runnnig occt for 30-60 mins it gave voltages on all 3 rails well within 5%, the largest deviation was about 0.5% . Should i also check the bios volatges ?

My cpu reaches about 70 C at full load under OCCT's burn in tests, so i dont think that would be a problem.

It seems to occur more in some games than others, although it also has occurred while at idle.

Also sometimes the peripherals and screen freeze for up to 3 seconds and then become responsive again, they also make the usb insertion sound when they reconnect , so i am assuming that they are losing signal from the mobo.

This leads me to believe that the mobo is the problem, although i dont have a spare one to test with at the moment.

One last note, it can freeze/turn off up to 5 times a day, but then work fine for then next 3-4 days... It seems completely random

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A:PC crashes randomly and turns off randomly


Please post the temp and voltage readings from the BIOS.

Once you have this info install HWMonitor and post a screenshot of the program at idle and under load (while gaming)

Randoms shutdowns can usually be attributed to overheating component or power related.

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My sister at university is having a problem with her labtop (she lives 4 hours away).

She says the computer freezes/shuts down at different times after she logs in. When she manages to get to the desktop she can't get on the internet, so she can't download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or SpyBot. Similar problems in safe mode.

Any ideas on how you can download these programs while your computer is affected?

Any advice would be appreciated.

A:Dell Vista - Computer freezes/shuts down randomly

She can download Malwarebytes and its updates on another computer and move them via thumb/flash drive. Please tell her to rename the malwarebytes executable to red.bat and then try to install it. Then try to run the progrm. See if she can post a log. Thanks!

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Hi there. I bought a Dell Inspiron 17R-5720 back in September 2012, and have been having this issue pretty much since I bought it from Amazon. The computer is running Windows 7 64 Bit, 6 GB RAM, Intel Core i5-3210M @ 2.50 GHz. I have Microsoft Security Essentials installed and run scans regularly.

Pretty much what happens is that the screen will turn to colored static, and the computer will be unresponsive. In order to make the machine usable again the power button must be held down and the computer restarted. The odd thing about it is that it almost always happens when I am in the process of moving the laptop from one place to another. For example moving the computer from my lap to the table next to me. It has happened once or twice when I just touched the computer while it was on the table next to me. A few times the screen just turned black.

Since it is still under warranty, I called Dell support and they sent out a technician, who didn't seem to do any sort of troubleshooting. He replaced the motherboard and the LCD display. This of course did not fix the problem, so I called Dell again. This time, they had me send the computer to them. They received and sent it out the very same day, again, it doesn't seem that they did any real troubleshooting. When the same malfunction cropped up again, I of course called Dell and they said that when they received the laptop there was some sort of cable inside that was "loose", so the connected this cable and sen... Read more

A:Dell Laptop, Display Turns to Static/System Freezes, Dell Can't Fix

The technician Dell sent came to my house today. He replaced the motherboard (again), the LCD screen (again), and the hard drive. Fast forward five hours later, and guess what? The problem still hasn't been fixed. I just got off the phone with Dell support, of course their first suggestion was to send the computer in again and have them "fix" it. It took about an hour of going back and forth being on hold/arguing before they finally said they would "elevate" my case and and have someone call me on Monday to discuss it. I think I've given them plenty of chances to solve this, now I just want a replacement computer. Though with their track record, I'm not holding my breath. I'm even doubting that I'll get a phone call.

Does anyone think that this is power supply related? Not the power cord itself (I've used two different cords), but whatever is inside that powers the system. Sorry, I'm not that computer savvy.

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i have lots of problems since its old and over used, but recently it used to close itself then when i close it and reopen after a while it give me message that it was over heated but opens fine after i skip it, i think its not a heat problem cause sometimes it close after a while.anyway today when i was using it i noticed the light getting darker than normal in seconds then suddenly screen turned black i tried to close it and reopen i see dell start screen and low beep then screen turn black but its still working and i can hear it open normally just screen black.i tried to take off battery, AC chord and pressing power button for a while but didnt work same thing happens though the screen sometimes give red light.i tried to work with AC chord or battery only still not working.i tried to connect my laptop to another screen but it doesnt connect i dont know if it needs options first or no but with black screen i cant see everything to download program if i need.well i dont know whats wrong all happens dell start screen low current beep then open normally but with black screen.a note if it helps, my screen side cover broken did that cause problem or it doesnt matter?EDIT:i tried to open it again its fine but screen black i can barely see shadow of everything, i think something happened from cover damage or is it something else?message edited by mamera

A:my dell inspiron 6400 turns black after dell screen and beep

Best first step would be to beg or borrow a monitor and plug it in as an external. That would tell you if you have a monitor fault or not.Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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I was cleaning up my friends computer because they said it kept freezing. I assumed it was a simple cleaning process until I got 5 hours into the process and the whole screen froze with black vertical strips on the screen. At first I thought it was overheating but the comp tower is clean and the fans are fully functional. Any suggestions to what this issue would be?

The computer is a Dell Dimension 2400 PC with Windows XP Home edition. SP 3 is all current and up to date.

I ran Kaspersky Antivirus, CCleaner and Malwarebytes to clean it up.

Once it freezes I have to manually shut it down with the power button and then it is fine for another 5 hours.

A:Dell Computer randomly freezing with vertical stripes on screen

Double-check the system temps with SpeedFan and SIW.You could also run a diagnostic test on the RAM with Memtest86+.

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Help, my home computer, a Dell, plays random music or ads or announcements.

DDS text below and attach.txt attached.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421
Run by Ron at 16:12:29 on 2012-06-16
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.6103.2425 [GMT -4:00]
AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {86355677-4064-3EA7-ABB3-1B136EB04637}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {3D54B793-665E-3129-9103-206115370C8A}
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled* {BE0ED752-0A0B-3FFF-80EC-B2269063014C}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Program Files\Dell\DellDock\DockLogin.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Program Files (x86)\APC\APC PowerChute Personal Edition\mainserv.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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A:Dell computer randomly plays music, ads, radio announcements June 16 2012

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Please download aswMBR.exe to your desktop. Double-click aswMBR.exe to run it.
When prompted to download the latest Avast! virus definitions, please choose No
Click the Scan button to start scan.
Wait until it says, 'Scan finished successfully'. ( Note - do not select any Fix at this time)
Click Save log, and save it to your desktop.
Click Exit.
Please post the contents of that log, aswMBR.txt, in your next reply.
There shall also be a file on your desktop named MBR.dat. Right-click that file and select Send To > Compressed (zipped) folder. Please attach that zipped file in your next reply.


When you run this tool, remember to choose 'Skip' not 'Cure' if it finds something. We just want a scan, not a fix.

Download tdsskiller.exe and Save it to your Desktop.

Double-click tdsskiller.exe and click 'Run'

Click Change parameters then under 'Additional options' check the 'Detect TDLFS file system' > OK.

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My friends computer turns on for 5 seconds and turns off and during that 5 seconds preiod the computer makes a weird noise like beping sound.
His computer is Dell and its XP iam affarid i dont have much of his computers specs. If any one can suggest how he could solve it.

thank you for reading and helping

A:my friends computer turns on for 5 seconds and turns off again automaticly plz help

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I'm having a problem with my new build, it keeps turning itself off at random times without warning. There's no specific pattern that I have noticed. Sometimes it won't even stay on long enough for me to reach the bios, and other times it will go all the way into my windows vista and stay on for a while. The first time I boot it up it was on for a good 4 hours, then it shut off. Turned it back on and it stayed on for like 2 hours. Now I'm at a point where its turning off at random times. What could be the problem?

==>Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
==>EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB
==>mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500)
==>Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM

A:PC turns off randomly

WE are using very similar parts in our rigs but your pc cutting out could be a list of things. Anything from bios setup, drivers for numerous things and even bad wiring or memory setup. Without knowing what you have done to this machine it's very hard to tell and this kind of problem is a process of elimination. Tell us what you have installed and anything you altered in bios. If you overclocking it, then it's no wonder but odds are it's your bios or memory, possibly a driver. Set the bios to defeault or reset the Cmos on the board to reset it, install this Nvidia driver here

Restart following Nvidia instructions and see how it runs. Beyond that you may want to adjust your memory and try setting it a lower frequency. Many think higher speed ram is best but it's actually not, will read higher on Vista only because of latency. I run 667mhz ram unlinked and set to 533mhz in bios and then matches the cpu internal freq of 266mhz (q6600). You have double that. If you overclocking the ram is what will get you 1st, and god only knows what your timings are. Try the bios reset and make sure oyu have the correct Nvidia driver and then see how it's going.

EDIT: I just realized something very important and more regarding your memory you are using.. you can't install 1066mhz ram on a 750i! You can get it up to 1066 overclocked but you can only use 800mhz ram!! Scratch the rest of my advice, you need 667... Read more

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hi, my pc randomly turns off, when i try to on it again it goes back off after about 5 secs...i then have to off the plugs for about 10mins to make the pc work again....below is a hijackthis log, please could someone advise me on other problems aswell...thanks:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 22:01:26, on 05/08/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16473)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Photo AIO Printer 922\dlbtbmgr.exe
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A:pc turns off randomly!

Log looks okay
Overheating perhaps?

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My pc just randomly turns off. I dont think it is over heating as i can turn it back on stay on for 30 mins - 1hour. It is not a BSOD, any help please.

A:Pc randomly turns off

usually a sign of a failing power supply what brand and model is yoru PC ? what size power supply does it have in watts? how old is the pc?

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My OS is Windows 7 ultimate 64bit

I checked recent errors in the event viewer program and found this:

Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 6/11/2011 5:32:04 PM
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: Maniatis-HPC-PC
Faulting application name: SearchIndexer.exe, version: 7.0.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bcdd0
Faulting module name: ESENT.dll, version: 6.1.7600.16385, time stamp: 0x4a5bda4f
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0016257b
Faulting process id: 0xdb8
Faulting application start time: 0x01cc287f0195a620
Faulting application path: C:\Windows\system32\SearchIndexer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\ESENT.dll
Report Id: 3f768f40-9472-11e0-9703-001bb9ddd3dc
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="">
<Provider Name="Application Error" />
<EventID Qualifiers="0">1000</EventID>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-06-11T21:32:04.000000000Z" />
<Security />
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A:PC randomly turns off

If you have any minidumps please follow these steps
Those are the instructions how to upload a minidump.
In meantime check ur temps,with Core Temp
Or in BIOS,how? restart,repeatedly click delete or any other appropriate key until you see the enter setup message,check in there the CPU and System temps.
Also write ur complete system specs,as memory,cpu,graphic card,psu etc.

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I just built a new PC. Its turning off randomly It has never done this until recently. Its a fairly new computer. I put it together about a week ago. Everything on it is brand new. I have a video of it crashing so that it can explain itself better. Any help would appreciated.

Move to 2:50

h t t p : / /www . youtube . com /watch?v=l98KnBQ3WgE
(had to seperate to post =/ )

Video may still be finalizing. Should be done quickly

System Information
Time of this report: 10/29/2009, 20:56:07
Machine name: HAZERADE-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 10/07/09 10:40:26 Ver: 08.00.15
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 1024MB used, 5627MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode
Motherboard: ASUS M4A79

A:PC Randomly Turns off

hmmm, does this problem happen when you've been using the computer for a long time? if so, it may be the proc overheating and shutting itself down. Try reseating the heatsink / reapplying thermal paste on the processor, hopefully that will help.

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When it "turns off" the monitor goes black and my speaker loudly echoes whatever the last moment of sound was it got from the pc. All of my fans and leds still appear to be on as if my computer just stopped outputting.

A:pc randomly turns off

MEMTEST86 should be run on this system... RAM ( Memory ) Issues can cause this audio noise loop and black screen. Additionally a power supply that is not up to par can dip ( low voltage ) and cause a drop out of the system but it to stay running and black screen.What make/model computer or specs?

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hello, i have problems with my computer, its just randomly turning off. i dont really know what it could be since there is no error or something, it just turns off :S

any ideas what it could be?


A:[SOLVED] randomly turns off

just a suggestion,

can you get into your pc's bios, to boot up in safe mode?

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When I'm watching videos, they work fine but usually, Javascript turns off, which means that I can't watch videos again. I basically have to end the internet process and open it up again or just open up Firefox.

This problem only occurs with Yahoo's IE Browser.

Yeah, can I turn on JAvascript by any chance?

A:Javascript turns off randomly (I think)

JavaScript has to be enabled in any browser. To see if it working in your browser(s) go to this test page with every browser you have (one at a time of course!);

Click on the 'JavaScript' box on the left hand side and, if JS is working, a box will open confirming that and identifying the browser and the version of JS it is using. The version of JS varies with each browser, IE uses 1.3, Firefox 1.7 and Opera (my default browser) 2.1.

If you need confrimation that Sun Java is installed and working, you need to click on the box at the top of the tester page and then on the 'Java Enabled' box on the left.

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I don't know what the problem is with my computer, I attempted to fix it by just reformatting, however it did not fix a thing.

I would be things on my computer like surf the web or click around folders on desktop/mycomputer, my screen will randomly turn black for 1-2 seconds, then back on, sometimes it simultaneously does it and it gets extremely irritating.

After I reformatted, everything was fine, and nothing turned off. However I came back home from school today and it just continuously goes black for a few seconds then back on. I also attempted using Symantec AV to see if it was a virus, I have no infections.

Also, when I play games such as CS, it won't turn black at all, I don't know if this is some issue with hardware or whatever, can someone please help me resolve this?

Thanks in advance.

Oh and I forgot, sometimes when I try to do something, my computer will freeze for a second, and restart its self...

My setup :
Intel E6600
Gigabyte 965p-ds3 rev 3.3
2 gigs of ram
BFG 7950GT
450W PSU

A:Screen Turns on/off randomly.

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My Aero will just randomly turn off, even when I have it plugged into the wall and have it on "High performance" setting. It's really annoying because I don't particularly like the look of Vista Basic, only use it when I am doing something that I am not paying so much attention to the look or care as much (and want to save battery).

Also my COM Surrogate (i think thats wut its called) regularly has errors when I run videos/etc. This is a new thing, did not used to happen...

A:Aero Randomly Turns off...

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The title is pretty self-explanatory. Occasionally, my audio will randomly disable itself (as in, the volume doesn't change but the audio is muted). Additionally, whenever my audio turns off, any video or song (as in, youtube videos and songs from iTunes and Zune) slow down dramatically. So, I cannot "watch" text either, because the video is playing at around .25x speed. Whenever it does happen, it is normally after I unplug my headset, but it doesn't happen every time I unplug it. Finally, it is beginning to happen more randomly. I will be watching a video and as soon as I pause it, the audio disables. Any idea what's going on?

A:Audio Randomly Turns off

Yes. Software is causing it to bug out.

Best thing you can do is update the software and drivers to all that you use, to latest. Some software tends to control the whole Windows audio stack when you start it, like some Cyberlink software. It can mute or dictate Windows volume.

For good measure, also install latest bios.

Test the system without headset attached at all after, if necessary, to see if that is the main cause still.

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Hi I have a LG W2243S flatron and a new medion MD8855 computer running windows 7 which both have been working fine...and yet the monitor for no aparant reason and with no warning turns off!! the red on/off light goes out completely the LG symbol comes up and the monitor turns off, you just saait and wait and it comes on again, Ihave plugged unplugged I have checked for latest drivers, all up to date because as I say it is new.

While writng this it has turned off 8 times!!
Please suggestions?

Thankyou regards


A:Monitor turns off randomly

First you need to try the monitor on another computer. If it works on another computer then your problem is most likely the video card.

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I've always been running on A/C power but lately my computer loses power for no reason. It's not that it shuts down, but instead it just turns off like it suddenly lost power. I thought maybe my charger was dying so I bought one from HP but that hasn't changed anything. My battery hasn't worked in a really, really long time so I never put it in the laptop anymore. I tried the computer in the outlets in my bedroom and in the library and I got the same results. Sometimes the power shuts off as the computer is booting, other times it lets me get to the home screen and I can play on the computer on a while before it loses power. I always keep my laptop on top of a chill pad. Although I've noticed my fan doesn't turn on when I turn on my computer. Is it suppose to? Also, I think I might have heard a noise from my fan. How can I be sure it's the fan?

I have a HP G60 120US. I bought it in 2008. It's running off Windows Vista Service Pack 2.

A:My laptop randomly turns off

The laptop is definitely old enough for some service. It is possible that the cooling fan is worn out and/or dirty... if the fan is not running properly, the laptop will sense a over-heating condition and it will turn off. Have the laptop serviced and new batteries are cheap enough on EBay

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For some reason my sound either mutes or is lowered when I play team fortress 2. I thought this was just a game problem, but now it randomly goes off for no reason at all. I tried fiddling with the device properties and that just makes the sound go out as well. My built-in mic isn't working either.

I tried re-installing the drivers from dell's website but they don't fix anything. Should I just go back to XP or vista?

A:Sound randomly turns off

Hi Eshros and welcome,

You might set the communications property to "Do nothing" and see if it still does it.

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I'm trying to help someone with their Pavilion 500-2014 desktop and have come up with some mysteries... Inital problem was that it would turn off then back on randomly.  Eventually it appears to have crashed a boot file and the typical Recovery method brought you right back to the UEFI screen.  So after making a clone of the drive to make sure I had all the user files I did a clean install from the Recovery disks. Initally the rebuild failed and message said to repeat the installation.  Finally got the OS (8.1) from the drives installed. Inital check shows all of the fans running and the machine is (reasonably) clean.  System diag checks all pass.  But the machine is still turning on and off. First mystery is that the system checks show the one 8GB DIMM in Slot 4....  Is slot 4 the primary slot for the 500-214???  I can't fnd any documentation. Second mystery is when doing a disk check I see that 90% of the 2TB drive is not allocated.  The install disks left a small partition at the begining of the drive unalocated.  Small partition for OS, gap, small partition for the BUILDPART and then a huge unalocated section.  What's up with this? And when I dig a little deeper I find here that the correct BIOS should be 80.22 from 3/4/16, but this machine shows 80.46 from back in 10/3/13.  Is there a typo someplace or did HP (or MSI) go backwards with their BIOS numbering? So anyone have any though... Read more

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it all started when i changed my x1050 radeon for a geforce 8500 gt video card..... then all this started happening... oddly a friend of mine also has vista and has the same problem when he used his galaxy geforce card... any help would be great and sorry for the trouble

A:monitor randomly turns off and on..

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Ok, this is the weirdest problem i have ever seen. i'm a computer technician myself and have no idea how to proceed here...

my mom's computer has been randomly shutting itself off for about a week now. i checked the power settings and it wasn't set to shut off at a certain time. so i suspected an overheating cpu or too much drain on the psu. then later that day it shut off and wouldn't boot up anyore. it would get about halfway through post, no beep codes, and then return to the page that asks if you want to boot into safe mode or normal mode. it was like on a loop. after opening up the case i found out that there was plenty of power but that the cpu fan [the one on the heatsink] was SO clogged with dust it would barley move. after i cleaned that out i disconnected one hard drive[the secondary drive] and cleaned it off because it was also caked with dust. i connected it back exactly the way it was and didn't change any jumpers or cable placing. i reconnected the power and tried to boot it. it booted just fine.
into windows 98!
i don't have 98 on this computer. it's a windows xp with sp2.

what on earth? please help.

A:Windows xp randomly turns into 98?!?

ok addendum...

i fixed the booting into 98 problem. but xp is still not booting. there is a blue screen error but it dissapears to quick for me to read any of it. it is constantly looping back from the window logo screen to the pick a mode to boot in screen. i hit tab to watch the post and it gets about halfway through before restarting. still no beep codes.

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I have a Maxtor OneTouch II 300gb external hard drive. It works fine sometimes, but there's times when it turns off/on quickly (I don't mean off/on, I mean it is recognized by the computer, then it isn't). Sometimes this cycles over and over (as the 'new device found' sound repeats) Sometimes it gives Delayed Write Failed error msgs too. It seems to shut off randomly though, even when I'm not active on any of the computers I've hooked it up to. Wondering if there's any way to fix this?

Thanks in advance-

A:Maxtor turns on & off randomly

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I've had this problem for a while now. On my laptop there is a light that indicates that the wifi is turned on. The light randomly turns off and my internet stops working. The only way I can turn it back on is to restart. I've tried going to Connect To on the Start menu and then to Wireless Network Connection. When the wifi light has turned off, the Wireless Network Connection window will not open for me to try to repair or reconnect. It seems like a problem with Windows, as the wireless connection and strength are fine and all other computers continue working. I've run security software thinking it may be a virus, but the problem continues. I have no other ideas and no idea what's going on. I'm getting frustrated having to restart over and over again, please help!

A:Wifi randomly turns off

See if you can download the latest drivers for your wireless network adapter.

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My Hp Pavilion Notebook has started randomly turning off today. It happened 2 times today and once yesterday. It basically just shuts off as it would if i held the power button down, and then restarts on it's own. It brings up a black screen saying that the system wasn't responding and shows options to start in safe mode or whatever (i'm sure you know the one i mean). My laptop is just over a month old so i don't understand why this is happening. I don't think it's an overheating problem because i have a cooling pad which i always use. My laptops been running around 40C all day, which isn't any different from any other day. Any insights on what the problem could be?

A:New-ish Laptop Randomly Turns Off

Send it back for a refund. That sounds like a hardware failure, and HP doesn't have a very good record of fixing hardware problems permanently.

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I have an Acer Aspire 4730z laptop, and recently it has been turning off (as if someone unplugged the power cable from a desktop) after short periods of use. It turns off when doing no particular task, but it just does it after 10-40 minute periods of time. It doesn't seem to have this problem in Safe-mode.

Does anyone have any ideas about what could be wrong? My current belief is that some component of the computer is faulty and its causing an instant shutdown. Also, the laptop didn't always do this, but only started to after a couple months of use. I also don't think that it is overheating because I've tried my best at keeping the computer in a cool environment.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

A:My Laptop randomly turns off

A laptop shutting down is usually caused by overheating. Blow out all fans with a can of compressed air. Make sure there is ventilation to the bottom of the laptop. Use a laptop cooler. Also, remove the battery and run it on the power adapter only. If that works, then the battery may need to be replaced.

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So, I installed Vista yesterday and it was working like a charm and last night I turned the computer off.

I woke up this morning, pressed the power button, lights/fans/computer came on for a few seconds (3 seconds approximately) and then the computer just shut off instantly, then another 3 secondsish later it turned back on and did the same thing, and it keeps doing it.
The only way I could fix it was by unplugging the power cable and turning off the switch at the power socket, I thought it may was a one-off thing.

I left the computer on, got back about 6 hours later and the computer was off (nobody turned it off, no power blackouts etc), I turned it on and it did the same thing. So I had to turn it off at the power etc and it boots up fine and it works.

This wasn't happening until I installed Vista.

Thanks in advance.

A:Computer turns on for a few seconds then turns off [loop]

I just realised, I haven't been shutting the computer down, just been clicking the power button in the Start Menu (which I have just realised isn't shut down - hovered over it: Keeps your session in memory and puts the computer in a low-power state so that you can quickly resume working). I'm fair sure this is "Sleep" (Vista noob).
I just went into Power Options and saw that Sleep was set to 1 hour, so I'm assuming:

* Last night I put my computer into sleep
* Today it went into sleep by itself (after 1 hour)

Therefore it's a problem with the sleep mode?

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My computer turns off then pressed again and turns on fine. This maybe due i went cheap and got a psu with case but i believe it needs to warm up for it to turn on.

Thanks for the help!

A:Computer turns off then pressed again and turns on fine?

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I just bought my laptop a few weeks ago and now the screen will randomly go black. I run McAfee and Spy Sweeper often enough. I am running Windows Vista Home Premium(6.0,6001 build) with SP1, it is a gateway laptop. The system model is M-1624 (not sure if it helps). The processor is a AMD Turion 64 X2 with 2 GB memory. Just reply if you can help or you need more information.

A:Screen turns black randomly...

What kind of graphics card are you running? Version and all?

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Hello everybody. I'm new to the site...joined because of a problem I was hoping you all could help me with. I recently replaced a defective hard drive on a Presario 2700T with a new Samsung 120 GB drive. The problem is when I started to load XP pro the computer would randomly turn-off with no notice while the AC is plugged-in. It doesn't do it on battery with the exception on once or twice but it will do it withtin minutes when the ac is plugged-in and removing the battery doesn't help either. It's charging the battery ok. I also need to know what the led indicators for the battery and power mean. This laptop has never done this before and I had to run it on battery to get the software loaded on it.

A:Presario 2700T randomly turns off

just discovered an interesting piece to the puzzle...before the laptop shuts down the cpu is jumping to 100% and staying there even though there are no programs loaded on this laptop with the exception of XP Pro and the Linksys wireless software. I hear the hard drive motor kick in and the cpu pegs at 100% if I unplug the power cord when it does this it usually won't turn off. The process that jumps up under windowa task manager, process is svchost.exe user name is system.

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Hiyah. About a week ago my computer randomly has been starting to turn off and flashing a blue screen. I've attatched a couple mini dumps, so maybe you could help me figure this out through those.

HP Pavilion Laptop.

A:Blue Screen...then turns off randomly

Have you recently added any new hardware or even a manual driver update

Have you installed any new programs

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Was using outpost firewall but had lagging issues with browser, ever since I uninstalled Windows firewall randomly turns itself off. Could the uninstall have not been complete and there's a conflict or could it be something else?
Windows XP media center

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I have a custom built pc that was built for me around 2002. Its had its days but is still a pretty good computer. Since about from the beginning of 2009 it began to just randomly shut down. At first I would be able to hit the power button and the computer would turn on immediately. However - now it takes around 15 minutes for it to "cool" down before its able to be turned on. In addition, i have to turn the main power button in the back of the computer off before im forced to wait 15 minutes for it to turn on again. I have tried clicking the power button in the back, back and forth and then try the power button in the front but all i get is just a small enough jolt of energy to get the motherboard light on before it poops out again.

After success, my computer will stay on ranging anywhere from about 45min to most of the day...but i can only assume its going to get worse until it will never turn on again.

Im thinking this is a problem with the power supply? Thank you all for your help!

Here are the specs:

AMD Athlon Processor 1.10 GHz, 512 MB of RAM
MAXTOR 6L060J3 Disc 60 GB

MSI Ms-6380 motherboard
RADEON 9600 graphics card

Antec 300W power supply (model # PP-303XP)

HWMonitor Results

PUID Hardware Monitor

Mainboard Vendor MSI
Mainboard Model MS-6380 (0x19E - 0x5F0D30)

Vendor Winbond
Model W83627HF
Vendor ID 0x5CA3
Chip ID 0x52
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A:CPU randomly shuts off - turns on after ~10-15 minutes

I would suspect the power supply first.....then maybe overheating CPU......check the heatsink isn't glogged with dust and the fan is working correctly.

You can try speedfan to get some on link below then
MajorGeeks - |USA|

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Im running WinXP on a wireless network at home. I'm using a Belkin router/and wireless card, and there is one other computer on the network. Sometimes I'll be playing a game online, or just surfing the web when my wireless card will completely turn off for no reason. This has happened several times...and first i thought it might be something on my computer, but I have thoroughly been cleaned up via khazars in a different thread.

When I go into System -> Hardware -> .... -> *my wireless card* ....its not disabled or anything. Even if i re-insert the card, it doesn't even turn on to look for my router (and my router this whole time is fine as it is still providing a connection for the other computer). Windows 'Repair' doesn't help either....and i'm forced to re-starrt my comp for my card to start up again. Any ideas why this might be happening?

A:Wireless card randomly turns off

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Hey Tech Support Guy's users,

Yesterday, I got back to my house, and went on the computer for a short while, then while looking on the internet, my Inspiron 1525's screen died on me. Not only my main screen, but also my other monitors as well, saying there was no signal. I was assuming that it is a dying Video Card, but I wanted to have more insight regarding my question. Is my fear correct, or it is the drivers? I haven't updated my drivers since 4 months ago, so I doubt it is my drivers.

Any who, if you need more information from me, please ask away and I will respond as quickly as possible.


P.s. I wasn't do sure if I was suppose to put it on Hardware or Window 7 section. Felt like, it could be a window 7 error.

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I'll be playing on the computer, doing whatever, and airplane mode will just turn on, then turn off. It's been happening for quite a while, but only recently has it become a huge issue.
I have an MSI GE62 and Windows 10. As far as I can tell, nothing gets pressed to turn it on and off. I've tried turning off power saving modes and I've looked up a lot of different answers but all they do is tell me how to turn airplane mode off. This is very annoying when I'm playing online games or watching streams.
Please let me know if there is a way to make this stop happening or, better yet, get rid of airplane mode all together- I'm never going to need it. Thank you

A:Airplane mode randomly turns on and off

Try here for a possible fix:

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Well...I'm using the Window Vista Home Professional Edition so I don't know if that has to do with anything but for some reason, after I surf the web for a certain amount of time (or when I change websites quickly), either Firefox loses connection to the internet or the computer itself loses connection to the internet. When switching back to IE and surfing the web for a while, the computer itself seems to not send any signal to the internet (reaching the point of where I can't get anything from the web, so far AIM messages have been an exclusion to this). I can access AIM but when trying to go online to play a game (through searching for servers so it might be how the computer is receiving/sending signal?, not playing the game itself) or surf the web, I can't access it.
The only way to solve this problem is that I restart the computer. Though when the computer seems to not be able to connect to the internet, it takes the computer an awfully long time to restart (including logging off and what not) - 2+ minutes.

I have also constantly scanned the computer using AVG,Dr. Web, Avast, or the Windows Security scan thingy. This also includes defragging the computer and checking the disk (scan for and recovery of bad sectors).

I have posted this before in the infected area and since I have checked the infected area (in which the person led me here), I was hoping if there is someone who could solve this.

Thank you and any help would be appreciated.

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My laptop keeps turning itself of when it is on battery. It lasts about 20 minutes, but is getting shorter everytime.

The battery is not running out- when I turn it back on it has 50% charge normally.

It turns off as if it has no power- no warning, and when I turn it back on it reloads and everything is new, with documents and Internet sessions needing restoring.

How can I fix this? I don't think it is the battery, as it has charge when I turn it back on, and it only has 20% wear.


A:Laptop Randomly Turns Off When In Battery

Welcome to TSG!!

If it's truly random, it won't be the Power Management settings. Some laptops have a utility that enables you to "calibrate" your battery. It will fully charge, then fully discharge the battery, perhaps more than one cycle, to allow the laptop to "learn" the battery's capabilities and characteristics. Check and see if you can find such an app. Different manufacturers will give it different names. Also, check their Web site to see if it is a separate download.

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I don't know if this is just a regular problem or something or it's just too broad or whatever. Does someone mind actually trying to answer or something? It gets kinda frustrating when there isn't even anyone trying to say something to help.

Well...I'm using the Window Vista Home Professional Edition so I don't know if that has to do with anything but for some reason, after I surf the web for a certain amount of time (or when I change websites quickly), either Firefox loses connection to the internet or the computer itself loses connection to the internet. When switching back to IE and surfing the web for a while, the computer itself seems to not send any signal to the internet (reaching the point of where I can't get anything from the web, so far AIM messages have been an exclusion to this). I can access AIM but when trying to go online to play a game (through searching for servers so it might be how the computer is receiving/sending signal?, not playing the game itself) or surf the web, I can't access it.
The only way to solve this problem is that I restart the computer. Though when the computer seems to not be able to connect to the internet, it takes the computer an awfully long time to restart (including logging off and what not) - 2+ minutes.

I have also constantly scanned the computer using AVG,Dr. Web, Avast, or the Windows Security scan thingy. This also includes defragging the computer and checking the disk (scan for and recovery of bad sectors).

I have posted ... Read more

A:Does someone want to actually help or say something? Internet randomly turns off when accessing the web

Have you called your ISP to verify that you are getting a good signal? I had a system do that a few years back. I talked to the ISP and it turned out that they had oversold the trunk, so there was not enough available bandwidth. They dropped in some new lines, and everything was great again.

EDIT: Not that I need to remind you, but all the people that help on the site are volunteers. We do the best to help where we can, when we can. ")

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