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Computer freeze + powers off

Q: Computer freeze + powers off

Hi all,

Hoping to get some help with a issue I am having with my machine. It is a couple of years old and has recently started powering off during game play.

There is no blue screen, the display freeze, sound continues for a few seconds, then the machine turns off. To me it should be either a Graphics Card issue, CPU heating issue, or insufficient power.

What's odd is that it has only recently started to happen. and seems to happen once a day, even when running stress tests (FurMark) I do not get consistent results. It can happen 1 hour into game play or 5+.

Graphics Card: NVidia GeForce GTX 980
CPU: Intel i7-5820K Extreme Hex Core
Motherboard: MSI X99S Gaming Motherboard (Socket LGA2011-3)
RAM: Corsair CMR32GX4M4C3333C16 Vengeance RGB 32GB
Power Supply: Corsair CP-9020094-UK RM1000x 1000 W 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular
Cooling: Custom Loop Liquid Cooled.

Both the Graphics Card and CPU do not go higher than 40-45C under a stress test, and there is no overclock on the machine. I do not see any errors in the event log after a crash. And there is no scheduled tasks executing at the time of the crash.

Is there any logging tools I can use to collect more data on what could be causing the system to crash, I have done a full Windows 10 installation (Including reformat). I would really like to get a good idea what is causing it before replacing parts, as these can be costly, and I really do not want to have to keep re-draining/re-filling the custom loop each component swap.

Thanks in advance,

Please let me know if you need any further information on the machine.



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A: Computer freeze + powers off

With that power supply, I doubt that power is the problem, especially the gold edition. From your varying readings on the stress test, sounds like a video card issue. Have you taken the video card out, blown it out, and tried re-seating it? Also, run a memtest for good measure.

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I have Dell Dimension 2400 with 2G of Crucial Memory. It is running XP Home edition. It had run updates and was powering off but got stuck for over 24 hours without successfully powering down. I did a hard powerdown by holding the power button until it shut off. When I tried to restart the computer it will power on for a second, power off for 2 to 3 seconds and then power on. No image is sent to the monitor and I do not know if Windows is booting. Checking the monitor it says it is in sleep mode and press any key to wake it up. Pressing any key does nothing. Hooking my laptop to the monitor, it works fine. Could it be the video card or a short? Or could it be a virus?

A:Computer powers up, turns off, powers on, no image.

Boot off of the Windows Disc Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. Disk Check Outside Windows (Windows XP) The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.
You can also download the ISO image for Seatools, or WD DataLifeGuardin my signature and burn the image to a CD using IMGBurn also in my signature and boot off of the newly created CD and run the Quick and Advanced tests on the HDD to test the integrity of the drive.

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I have an Acer Veriton M460, I recently replaced the motherboard on it. plugged everything in and then plugged the power in. It immediately started running. The fan for the processor and power supply started to spin but I never had to push the power button on the front. When I look at the button the light never lit up and when I would push the button it wouldnt do anything. When I held the power button in, it wouldnt shut down the computer. To shut it down I would have to pull the plug. Now whenever it would turn itself on automatically, I never heard any beeps or anything, the fans would just start running. So I disconnected everything that wasnt esential, USB's etc plugged it in, still the same thing, unplugged the power button same thing. I pulled that motherboard out and stuck the old one in, *which would work sometimes but not all the time I at least would get some beeps* and the exact same thing happened. Does anyone have any idea what is going on?

A:Computer automatically powers on but never actually powers on

Make sure you have the 4-pin 12 volt power supply connector connected near the CPU socket on the motherboards. Also, make sure you are not shorting out the motherboards to the case

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I am installing a new mobo ( Shuttle AK35tgr2) after a series of problems with my former Soltek board which culminated with a problem in which the computer powers up and then powers down after about a nano second.

Well I'm having the same problem with the Shuttle.

First the problem was no video and no beeps from bios and in the process of trying to solve that I readjusted by CPU fan ( actually turned it around) and after that the computer powers up for a second then powers down.

I tried tightening the mobo screws and then it powered up for two or three seconds before shutting off.

I am thinking of changing the fan. It is about the only component that isn't new or hasn't been tested.

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Hi! I don't know what happened to the computer but I can't get it to turn off. When I plug it in the power lights light up and it seems to be running really fast. It won't let me turn it off with the power button nor will it let me reset it using the reset button. The screen reads 'no signal input' (it's plugged in good everywhere) and then turns off, so nothing ever does come up on the screen.

Model #: Micro ATX BRY Essential 667
Pentium III, 667 MHz with 100 MHz front side bus
Intel 667 PIII (Bryant) motherboard R2
It has 256 ram, Seagate hard drive (can't remember the size), CD-ROM r/w, and new floppy driver I installed awhile back.
Sorry, can't get on the computer to get more info. Hope this will help!
Thank you for any help or suggestions!

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This happens on my daughter-in-law's computer. When she attaches a USB device it powers off her computer. Just inserting the connector completely shuts down the computer. What could be causing this? It is a Dell Inspiron E1505 running XP Home 2GB RAM

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Hello, for about a week now my computer won't shut down by going to the turn off computer and when I use the power button to turn it off it restarts itself before morning. Suggestion??

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Hi all,
My computer is shutting down on me at different times,in game,during a virus scan,Idle time.I have to push the power button to start it back up.My temps are good cpu at 44c,video card is at 50c at idle,in game video is 63c top,and cpu is at 52c.I have an antec 900 case with 7 fans running,not counting the video card fan.Virus scans show all good.In the last month I have installed Microsoft Security Essentials and a few temp monitoring programs.I run a dual boot win xp and Linux.My video card drivers are up to date as of this post.Would love some help on this one.My specs are below.

Win xp home sp 2/Linux
amd athlon 64 3500+
2 gig of ram
Nvidia 9600 GT
PSU antec 430 truepower trio
WD 200gig HD

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Turn computer on and it shuts back off before it even gets to any boot screens.
It is XP Home OS
Power supply?
hard drive shot?



A:computer powers up then?

any beeps
try another p/s

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This has been a problem for years!
My computer will what use to seem like randomly, just power off.

Here's all the things I have done:
Format my XP and put on Win7.
The fan off my Nvidia card broke so I thought it might be overheating, so bought a new ATI card, still happened.
My heatsink/fan fell off when I took my PC on the plane so I rethermal pasted it on, CPU temps didn't seem to ever be too hot anyway, and that didn't fix it.

I now realise after so long that it does it in the heat! If it is cold, no problem, and my heater being on will make a big difference. Also, it powers off usually when I do something usually clicking on a link in chrome or any browser, if it idles it can be on forever, unless it's really hot. Sometimes if it's really hot like I leave my heater on by accident then it will power off even in the initial POST screens before it even starts to load from the HDD.

Any suggestions on what it could be? My stuff is quite old, Gigabyte K8 mobo and 2x512mb dual chan RAM.
Taken out all other components really! Just the HDD.

A:Computer powers off!

Shutdowns are typically a sign of faulty hardware. Most likely causes are the power supply or motherboard.

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I have a five year old Gateway PC and it powers down alot. It can be on for hours without anyone using it, but when it's in use it will just power down. It happens during different programs. Could it be the battery or power source?

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Sounds like you need a good cleaning. My guess is either it's totally corroded with dust, or perhaps you have a loose connection in the system. Of course, it could also be defective memory, I just had a 512mb module go bad in a system that's been in use for over a year, just up and died.

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Ok so as i said it started shutting off on its own. This just started happening last week. So last Friday i replaced the power supply with a 350 watt Antec one. Booted up ran fine all week. So I thought my problem was fixed. Came home today, my girl friend hopped on that computer, was on it for about 5 sec and it powered off by itself.

Personally I think its a over heating issue, since it wont power back on for 5-30 minutes after it shuts itself off & I also leave it running 24/7. If it was a virus issue I would think you could power it right back on. And since I just replaced the power supply, I'm going to guess that's not an issue. Also, I don't think its a Mobo issue, since again I would think I could power it back on after it dies to, and at least get fans turning on. As it is when I hit the power button on the front, it acts like there is NO power to the machine at all.

So then if it is a over heating issue, what do I do to narrow it down to see what needs to be replace. Or does its sound like its not an over heating issue?

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A:Computer powers itself down

I'd say PowerSupply again (350 watt you say)

But you could run Memtest on your Ram

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how many 12 volt inputs does your mb have? when i first put my lanparty board in i had the same problem and it was due to the board not recieving enough power. if ur board has more than one try pluggin extra ones in and post back what happens

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A:Computer powers itself down...

Ive seen that befoe and it was a bad capacitor on the motherboard.

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I have a Toshiba Satellite S55 B5289 laptop. There was a black screen couple of times and though the computer managed to restart 2-3 times before completely failing to start. Now the power button switches on, one can see the toshiba screen but switches off immedately. If you press F2 it shows bios very briefly for a split second and then powers off. What could be the problem

A:Computer powers only for a second

Lets try doing a hard reset on the Laptop

This will work for Laptops that have a removable battery
Remove the Battery
Unplug the Power Adapter
Now hold the Power Button down for 60 seconds

Put JUST the power lead back into the Laptop
Start the Laptop up
If it now Starts up OK
Shut down the Laptop

Put the Battery back inot the laptop
Put the powerlead back into the laptop
Now see if laptop starts {sometime batteries can fail and stop the Laptop starting}
If the PC starts OK with the battery , then all should be fixed


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Recently I have been noticing that sometimes when my computer is in sleep mode and I wake it up, it powers off. Also, sometimes when I wake it up, i just get a black screen with no picture, but my computer is running. When its not having these problems, sometimes it comes out of sleep mode just fine. It appears like it has been experiencing these issues after I installed my Solid State Drive. How can I fix this? Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Computer powers off when computer is coming out of sleep??

Sounds like you are having compatability issues with your SSD. Have you tried the venders website to see if there is anything posted for your product? Sometimes they are aware of issues and have patches or ideas to resolve this.

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A:Computer powers off when computer is coming out of sleep?

Sounds like a driver issue but there isn't a lot of information to make even a solid guess. Do you get any Blue Screens?

What happens if you don't allow the system to go to sleep?

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Ok just recently I had to mess aroudn with the computer because the power button wasn't working so, now I have to place a screwdriver on certain pins on the motherboard to start it. Well today when I wanted to start it up I hear three load beeps in a row, but the computer sounds like it is starting up while the monitor show's no signs of starting. What could this be?

A:3 beeps when the computer powers on

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So here is what I've done/been through so far.

The other day the Computer wouldn't power on. I tested the psu with a power supply testing tool, everything is fine with the psu. I unplugged everything and did an isolation test, it wouldn't even power on with just the motherboard + cpu and heatsink + 1 stick of ram and a monitor cable. Wouldn't even power on. No fans spinning at all. I came to the conclusion that it was the motherboard which was the problem. I ordered a new motherboard and I've installed that. The computers turns on during an isolation test from no unnecessary stuff plugged into the motherboard and with everything it usually has attached (gpu, another stick of ram, pci card etc. It powers on, fans spin but nothing is displayed on the monitor.

I have a feeling it might be a damaged cpu because when I tried to remove the heatsink from the OLD motherboard the CPU was removed with the heatsink because it was STUCK onto the heatsink. At this point in time the cpu + heatsink are stuck together and are completely off the old motherboard. To put it into the new motherboard I need to unstick the CPU. I did some search and used this guide (How to Remove a Processor Fused to a Heatsink: 7 Steps) which said to use 99% alcohol and dental floss to remove it from the heatsink.

At first nothing was happening and I couldn't even get the dental floss inbetween the CPU and the heatsink so I did more research and I read that soaking the CPU in 99% alcohol would help. I d... Read more

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Hi to all... im having a little problem today when i got in i turned my computer on but all i got was a big bang . so i cut the power off and opened my computer. i could not smell any burning, so i changed the psu with an old one i have which is 300 watt where as the other one was 650 watt it then powered up and come on but when it gets to the xp loading it just shuts off could any one here help me diagnose this problem..... Thanks

I think my other power supply unit has blown for some reason. because when i use that i get no power.

A:computer powers up and then just shuts off

Not good news - your PSU went bang and took things with it.
Try disconnecting all IDE/SATA drives and take any daughterboards like modems and graphics out. Reboot. One beep is good; power off and now put the boards back (graphics first) and reboot. Keep going until you find out the item with a short in it.
NO beeps is bad and means a fried board. Sorry.

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I'm running Vista Home Premium. My pc started powering off randomly and when I start it back up I've lost all cookies and browser history. I have McAfee and Adaware.

Please review my HJT log.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:08:37 AM, on 3/29/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18000)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Users\Dave\AppData\Local\Octoshape\Octoshape Streaming Services\OctoshapeClient.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Siber Systems\AI RoboForm\robotaskbaricon.exe
C:\Program Files\SetPoint\SetPoint.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\MOM.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\khalshared\KHALMNPR.EXE
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\Core-Static\CCC.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
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We have an Emachines T2825, windows XP, 1G memory.
We installed Fix-It Utilities and were cleaning up the computer when we think we did something wrong.
The computer crashed and shut down.
When we re-start we get no monitor, and no sound.
Tried a second monitor already, same thing, no recognitition.
The computer appears to be ON, but nothing appears to boot-up.
Any help available on this?

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Hi, whenever I turn my computer on it powers off a few seconds or so after turning it on. I had a similiar problem not long ago (a few months maybe) where I took it to a PC repair store who replaced the motherboard and wiped the hard drive. I would do this again but the problem was it cost me almost ?90 so I'd like to know if I can fix this myself first. It's an Asus motherboard and has a pentium 4 processor which im pretty sure is 2.8ghz I can't say for sure what the hardware is because I can't get as far as the device manager. If I clear the BIOS it will get further to the XP loading screen before powering off though. Another thing that might be relevant was that before I took the computer to the shop for the first time I had an ATI graphics card but now I have an Asus one in there, I tried removing this and starting the computer with monitor plugged into the inbuilt monitor socket on the motherboard but the same problem happened. There's no bulging or leaking capacitors on the motherboard and because it's only a few months old max I don't think that's where the problem lies but I couldn't say for sure. Also the computer sometimes used to completely freeze where the sound cuts out and you can't move the mouse at all and the only way to come out of it was to power off and on again. One more thing is that I have the hard drive plugged in as a slave drive in another computer so I can access the files on it and it doesn't seem to have any problems.

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video card
power supply
are you running
any error message
check your tempretures and voltages in the bios and post them
redo the paste on the cpu with some arctic silver

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Hi, I'm a Little lost.

My computer every so often will just completely turn off, as if someone had pulled out the mains supply. The circumstances under which this happens are very odd. I can leave it running simple tasks like web browsing etc for hours on end, and some more processor intensive tasks such as music production seem to work fine also.


Whenever I try to perform any kind of system maintanance, or launch any kind of application such as a Game, or an anti-virus program, it will either power off instantly, or within a few minutes of launching the app.

I haven't changed any hardware, and teh only software changes are those involved with removing the malware assoicated with VirusBurster, when I stupidly opened a .EXE file. This has only manifested itself over the last week, and I have seen no degradation of performance prior.

I'm at a complete loss.

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It may be malware related, or related to how you remove the malware you found on your computer. Perhaps some registry entry got deleted that should not have. At any rate, I recommend getting your machine checked over for malware.The best way to do this is to run a little program called HiJackThis. This program creates a log. Then you paste the log into the HiJackThis forum here at Bleeping Computer. An expert will help you get rid of the malware on your computer. It takes a little time, and it takes a little patience and you must be good at following instructions, as there will be some to follow. The following instructions will walk you through the process of creating a log:FIRSTRead the Preparation Guide found HERE. It is very important that you follow ALL of the instructions found within. (There are many important steps in this guide that may clean your computer.) NEXTPost your system information along with a brief description of the problems you are having, and your HJT log in the HJT forum found HERE.NOTE: Please, after you post your HJT log DO NOT make another post in the HJT forum until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. The first thing they look for, when looking for logs to reply to, is 0 replies. If you make another post there will be 1 reply. The team member glancing over the replies might think someone is already helping you out and will not respond. So, just make your post and let it sit there until a team member responds. The voluntee... Read more

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I recently got a used computer that worked just fine for about a week but powers down when I try to play graphically intensive games. The motherboard is "intel desktop board dg35ec", the video card is a Radeon HD 4670 1gb, I have three HDDs in the box, could the problem be a psu deficiency?

When I opened the case to check for dust and heatsync connection issues, I found that the video card was completely clogged on the inside, so I opened it up and took care of that, but it didn't fix the problem. I reformatted one of my HDDs, did a fresh install of Windows XP professional and found all the drivers I needed. Still, nothing.

I'm going try disconnecting one of the HDDs to see if that helps at all, I'll post the results here shortly.

What could the problem be? Is there a way I can test the ram? Can I test the PSU without tools? (I'm completely broke for the foreseeable future)

Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

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I would also redo the thermal grease on the CPU, because your issue could be one of the unit overheating or it could be one due to a lack of power. Either way, it's hard to go wrong by reapplying the thermal grease on the CPU, especially if the unit was as dust bunny friendly as you describe.

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Hey all, first post here so stay with me.

So as of the last week my computer has been randomly shutting itself off completely. No error screen, no hanging, no BSOD, just completely turning itself off forcing me to use the button to reboot. It boots up fine aside from the improper shut down confirmation screen.

I would say it only happens during gaming or other intensive applications but it has happened (infrequently) during simple web browsing or word processing. More often than not it is happening during a game though and it seems to happen anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes in.

I get an critical error in the event viewer with ID 41, Kernel-Power:

- <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power" Guid="{331C3B3A-2005-44C2-AC5E-77220C37D6B4}" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-08-06T23:10:07.832012900Z" />
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As an update it is now occasionally locking up completely forcing me to hold down the button to reboot it. One thing I noticed (if it means anything) is when this happens the mouse and keyboard both power off their lights.

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Hi There,

Running AVGfree complete scan makes my PC power off about 1/2hr into the scan. In safe mode it runs, finds nothing. Housecall online scanner finds nothing, as does Ad-Aware, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAnti-Spyware and Spybot Search and Destroy.

I've uninstalled AVGfree and reinstalled it twice, once using Control Panel and once using AVGremover to uninstall. Also uninstalled it and tried Avira but it would not update, so uninstalled Avira and put AVGfree back.

From the first time I reinstalled AVGfree, the installer detected 'I had another anti-virus program running' I don't. And this problem only started after getting my PC back from a generous RAM upgrade and tuneup 3 weeks ago.

Below is my HJT, hope someone can help. Thank-you!

HJT with NO wordwrap (one with below also, not sure which is preferred)
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:47:48 PM, on 9/2/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:AVG Scan Powers off My Computer - Help?

Download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.
Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.

Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.

Download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here.

Double Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.
The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)
The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.
Extra Note:

If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process. If asked to restart the computer, please do so immediatly.

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I tried adding 512mb ddr 400 to with my other 512mb ddr 400 to make 1 gig, since AOE3 game lagged during battles. Both ram's are the same brand and specs just bought them about 1 yr. apart. After first installing it the game worked fine at the highest settings with no lag. Then the game crashed after playing for about 10 mins. I then tried to lower the settings and still crashed during the game. With just my old 512mb ram game never crashed just lagged. So I went and changed the settings for the ram from 166mhz to 133mhz and the game would crash while loading. So I tried just using the new ram by itself to see if it was the ram and the computer wouldn't power on. So I put the old ram back in and the computer wouldn't power on. I tried resetting the cmos and still unable to power on my computer. I'm thinking I fried my mobo? I dont have another mobo to test. So should I get a new mobo? Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.

A:Computer powers on then turns off

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Ok well we had some lighting today but power did not go off, maybe made some of the things flicker for half a second.

After PC shut down went to go turn it back on, would boot for a few seconds but then turn off, never got the beep from the mobo or anything

Things i tired.

Different power supply (same thing)
Removed CMOS and put back in (same thing)
left all but 1 ram in (same thing)

I am thinking its the mobo but i want to be 100 % sure before i go out an buy a used one, as for some reason 1366 mobos are expensive...

Can it be the processor @ all?

A:computer powers off after being on for 3-10 seconds

No, processors are tough SOB's. Any brand, any model - other that anecdotes and computer campfire stories it is very rare to actually see a processor die. You have to work hard to kill them!

I would do the standard no-boot diagnostic to determine the cause. Just be sure about the power supply, because that is the component most likely to be affected by a surge caused by any lightning.
(Don't forget to suspect the surge protector power strip! Bypass it, or use another to test.)

The diagnostic:
Basic diagnostic procedure is to uninstall the entire build and start over. Some people do this out of the case by placing the motherboard on an anti-static surface. This eliminates the possibility that there is a short circuit between the motherboard and the case through the connection posts (stand-offs). A standoff in the wrong location or a sloppy job will cause a short.

The Test (power off, power cord unplugged):
Disconnect everything externally connected except the mouse and keyboard (printers, USB devices, etc). If you are not using a wired mouse and keyboard see if you can borrow one. The wireless device is just another component you have to deal with.
Disconnect the power and data cables from all the drives inside the computer (Hard drives, DVD/CD drives, etc).
Remove all the cards installed in the expansion slots (PCI/PCI-e) including the video card. (Be careful handling them and place them on a non conductive surface while testing).
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Inspiron 1525 Dell with Windows Vista powers back on when I try to shut it down. I especially notice it if it is plugged in to AC. Is there a fix for this problem?

A:Computer powers on after turning off

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So this morning I attempted to turn on my computer and it will not boot. All the fans turn on but I get no signal to the monitor and no beeps. The keyboard lights up for a second and the DVD drive opens and closes. I tried removing all but one stick of RAM, and moved the one stick around to different slots but with the same result. I also tried booting the computer without any RAM at all and I didn't hear any beeps. Does this guarantee that the problem is the motherboard?

I have an Asus P5B-VM, Intel Q6600, 8800GTS 320MB, 4GB RAM, Antec Sonata 3 case w/Earthwatts PSU.

A:Computer powers on but no POST

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I have a new computer that is running Windows Vista (quad core processor, 3GB ram, nvidia 8500 GT) and I encountered a serious problem today.

This morning when I turned on my monitor (I had left the computer running overnight - not in hibernation, just with the monitor off), there was an HP update window flashing with three recommended updates. The two that I can remember were an update to the system security and a motherboard BIOS update to improve system stability. I started the updates, minimized the updater and opened internet explorer. A few minutes later, the computer slowed significantly and the mouse and keyboard no longer responded, but normal use resumed in about 60 sec. When I was done, I closed internet explorer and waited for the updater to finish. While loading the BIOS update, it prompted me to close something called COM something or other with the option to cancel, retry or ignore. I tried retry a few times, but it continued to pop the same message so I clicked ignore and it notified me that a restart would be required when the update was finished. Once all was finished, I opened the start menu and clicked what looked like the power button. I expected it to offer me the option to select restart or shutdown, but instead the monitor immediately went dark and the computer seemed to be shutting down. After a few minutes, I grew concerned because the blue light on the front of the computer was still on and I could hear the fan, but the monitor was dar... Read more

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Hello again. I am having *ahem* issues with my girlfriend's computer. Her brother broke it somehow, and it shuts down while loading XP because certain system files are missing. Anyhow, while trying to do a maintenance re-install, the computer will shut down right after the install finishes loading all of those assorted SCSI drivers that it does at the very beginning. I have tried two different disks, and used two different hard drives, even bought a new cd burner drive, but to no avail. The new cd drive was related to another problem however. Does anybody have any pointers to steer me in the right direction?


Broken Computer configured as follows:
AMD Athlon XP 2600+ T-bred 333mhz fsb
MSI K7N2-G main board
1 gb Samsunng ddr 333 cl 2.5
ATI 9700 pro
FSP Fortron Source 350w power supply

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Hey everyone

first off sorry if this is the wrong board but im desperate

Today i wanted to see what my computer would run like with 1GB of Ram. Now i knew that my other computer used the same type of Ram so i took the 2 256mb of ram from that computer and placed them into my new one.

It was all really good so i took them back out and placed them back into the machine i took them from. Now heres the bad part. The computer turns on with Cd drive lights and such lighting up however the monitor is blank and nothing is happening I have made absolutel 100% sure the Ram is in correctly and it is. Everything is plugged in. Yet it wont Run. Im getting really worried and upset. So bassically i took the Ram from the system 30minutes later i put them back and now its completely stuffed lol

Any help would be awsum thanks alot


A:Computer powers on but doesnt do anything!


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Hey guys. I know this is my first post, but I'm having major problems with my Vista PC. It consistently has random power downs. The major problem is that I can't pin-point a source for them! I recently purchased an Acer M5260 from Best Buy. It's got:

6GB of DDR2 Ram
2.4Ghz Quad-Core Intel processor
HD3540 ATI graphics card
Vista Home Premuim 64-bit
Some no name motherboard that fits inside a small case.

I got it fairly cheap, and decided to upgrade some components. I bought a 650w power supply, an HD4870 ATI card, and a new, medium sized case (I forget the name. It has 4 fans and a gigantic one on the top. Obviously the motherboard is smaller than the case. Anyways, I installed the new components. Everything runs correctly except that my PC will now randomly shut itself down. I've tried checking the heat, but everything seems fine. I've run overclock tests and so on, but the computer passes them. Nothing particular seems to be the root cause. I can leave the PC idling and it will shut down. I can play a game for 2 hours and it will randomly shut down. I can play a game for 5 minutes and it'll shut down. I can immediately turn the pc back on, load the same game, and play for an hour. I can just be browsing the web and it will shut down. It can't be a heat issue so far as I can tell.

So, what could be causing it? I re-installed vista with my brothers 32-bit version of Home premium. It seems to be running better, but it still will occasionally shut down for no particular re... Read more

A:My computer randomly powers down

Hi Dark Mirage, welcome to the board.
I would try open case test with a house fan blowing directly into it. Make sure good contact between the heatsink fan assembly and the CPU. If it is not heat problem, before you mess with the mobo, try another psu. Good luck and post back.

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Hi I turned on my PC this morning and I lights on fans on hard drive light flashes for a few seconds ,but it doesn't seem to go through the boot process,the monitor is black. i cant get into the bios by clicking delete and i can not boot from the vista CD . pcu,gpu,psu.the psu is 2 weeks old .I have clicked restart but doesn't seem to do anything,so i hold the start button and it stops press start again and it starts but same thing nothing .any ideas please.

A:Computer powers up but nothing on screen

Custom build computer? What kind of computer?

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I have been redirected form the general forums to here. Having followed all instructions previous. My coimputer intermittently powers off, as if the cord had been unplugged. It'll do this at random intervals. There are some actions I can perform without it powering off, such as browse the internet etc, but whenever I execute certain programs, Games, Some anti-virus suites, some system tools such as defrag, it'll just switch off.There have ben no hardware changes, and no software changes recently, save for the removal of the virus bursters software, that was removed using a guide from this site. Unfortunately since then th machine has encountered these issues, and it is no longer possible to boot up in safe mode, due to system hanging.Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 11:47:07, on 20/11/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\QualityCodec\isamonitor.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ishost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ismini.exeC:\Program Files\QualityCodec\isamini.exeC:\SONICS~1\S... Read more

A:Computer Intermittently Powers Off

You are infected but you need to check your system for overheating - are all fans running - is the inside of the cose free of dustYou should print out these instructions, or copy them to a NotePad file for reading while in Safe Mode, because you will not be able to connect to the Internet to read from this site.Please download SmitfraudFix (by S!Ri)Extract the content (a folder named SmitfraudFix) to your Desktop.Next, please reboot your computer in Safe Mode by doing the following :Restart your computerAfter hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, tap the F8 key continually;Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu with options should appear;Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode, then press "Enter".Choose your usual account.Once in Safe Mode, open the SmitfraudFix folder again and double-click smitfraudfix.cmdSelect option #2 - Clean by typing 2 and press "Enter" to delete infected files.You will be prompted: "Registry cleaning - Do you want to clean the registry?"; answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter" in order to remove the Desktop background and clean registry keys associated with the infection.The tool will now check if wininet.dll is infected. You may be prompted to replace the infected file (if found); answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter".The tool may need to restart your computer to finish the cleaning process; if it doesn... Read more

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the metal conductors that keep the mobo off the case... i screwed several in... some of them didnt have a hole for a screw so its just against the board... could this be causing that problem? grounding the mother board 2 the case? i just thought of it while i was sitting here in college and i have not gotten to test my thoughts.... possible or no?

A:computer powers down after boot up

YES they will cause shorting to the case. Only install standoffs where there are screw holes in the motherboard. A standard ATX motherboard has 5 or 6 mounting holes. This goes for miniATX boards too

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Hi guys, I have added 2 more sticks of ram but now my computer will not start up.

My rig:
- fx 8350 amd processor
- msi gtx 950
- msi 990fxa motherboard
- 1tb hard drive
-600w power supply
- 4 sticks of 4gb hyper x fury ram
- corsair h100i v2 cooler

To try and fix it, I have checked if all the cables are connected properly, took out the CMOS battery and done a jumper, power supply is fine, ram is fine as well. Also motherboard and graphics card are working as they both have lighted up with the rgb lights. I have tried using my original ram sticks again and there is still no display. Please help!! (I have also tried booting up on two different monitors but there is still no display on both of them)

A:Computer powers up but there is no display. Help!!!

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Hi everyone. I'm hoping someone here might have some intel with this problem.
I just purchased an entire system & built it this past weekend, the 27 & 28 Nov. These are all the components and periphials: SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5IN FLOPPY DRIVE
Samsung SyncMaster 793DF II Dynaflat 17IN SILVER-BLACK 1280X1024 .20MM(H) VGA CRT Monitor
BenQ Optical Wheel Mouse BLACK-SILVER PS/2
Logitech Office Pro Keyboard Black PS/2 W/ Multimedia Keys & Detachable Palm Rest OEM
BenQ DW1640 DVD +RW 16X8X16 -RW 16X6X16 Dual Layer +R 8X -R 4X Black IDE OEM Burner W/ SW
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 200GB IDE ATA100 7200RPM 8MB 8MS Hard Drive 5 Year MFR Warranty
Kingston ValueRAM PC3200 512MB DDR400 CL3 184PIN DIMM Memory
Intel Celeron D 325 2.53GHZ S478 Prescott 533FSB 256KB Cache 90NM Processor Retail Box
Casedge TW-02 16IN mATX Mid Tower Case 2X5.25 2X3.5EXT 1X3.5 300W Black Matte Finish /W Air Duct

All went well Saturday and Sunday installing, etc. Everything was working fine and had OS installed (XP Pro) & working and shut computer down Saturday night. Started it back up on Sunday morning, got all hardware discs & programs installed, etc. Installed Norton Internet Security 2005 but removed it as I could not leave Norton Antivirus off, and inst... Read more

A:computer no longer powers up


Thanks Rick. I swapped ram; no change. Pulled battery from m/b; no change. Left everything off m/b I could and didn't even hook up drives, just m/b with cpu & ram. Still the same. I'm still waiting for Tech Support from where I bought it all to reply. Unfortunately I don't have another m/b or cpu with the same socket size or I would have checked them out too. It's got to be either the m/b or cpu that's toast but I guess there's the off chance that it's the bios chip still, but I doubt it.
Just like to add to anyone who reads the forum that without support like this on these forums that a lot of people would be spending a lot of money when they could have fixed it themselves. So a sincerest thank you to all who contribute and I hope I can give help as well. Lloyd.

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I have attached screen shot of specs. I installed Adobe Creative Suite 5 on this computer and left it running overnight. This morning when I came back to it the system powered off when I accessed it. Now when I power it on I can hear the system running and see that the NIC is working but the hard drive does appear to be running. I tried to access it remotely but no luck. Are there any suggestions or did my hard drive just go bad? Please advise. Thanks.

A:Computer powers on, no display

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This is my first post here, I have an AMD X2 4600+ on an ASUS A8N-E motherboard in a computer I built about a year and a half ago. I noticed a few weeks ago when I got home from work that the system had reboot. There were power outages at the time and I didn't think anything of it. Last week in the middle of using the system it powered down again. Not good, but I still didn't have the time to mess with it (busy at work.)

This morning is when it finally happened. The computer was shut down completely when I woke up. I opened the case, did a cursory check of the board for any popped capacitors or similar dark/burned areas, unplugged and plugged the power supply back in. The green light on the motherboard indicating power turned off and turned back on did what it was supposed to do. I checked my various cables and tried to power it back on. The fans and processor and LEDs all attempted to power up for a second then everything died. This is post-post. I tired several times to no avail. I'm assuming it's probably a powersupply problem (it's the easiest fix so I'm praying that's the issue.) Ironic for a guy who put his own system together, I am uncomfortable and inexperienced (this is my first real hardware problem ever) with using a volt meter to check my power supply. Could I get some tips please? Has anybody else experienced some similar problems?


A:Computer Powers on for a second then Stops.

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