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Computer shuts makes busy noise then shuts off randomly

Q: Computer shuts makes busy noise then shuts off randomly

It all started when i opened some foreign file and it mustve been a virus or something. That triggered my computer to make these weird whirring clicky noises. Then my computer shut down. That day, i tryied to turn it on, it worked. However, the monitor didnt display anything. The computer was running but something to do with the bios just wasn't working.
Later on, my father fixed it.
However. NOW, the computer randomly shuts off by itself.
I'd start the computer on, and usually, the computer would start to make these noises similar to that of a computer reading a disc.
after the noises, the computer shuts off, and restarts by itself.
Anyone have any ideas?

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A: Computer shuts makes busy noise then shuts off randomly

Your hard drive may be faulty. What is the make and model of the system and what is the brand of the hard drive inside the computer?

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Hey guys, quick question
For a while, my computer has been making these noises similar to that of when you put a CD in your comp and you hear the clicking etc. After the clicking, my computer shuts off and reboots. Im pretty sure this is something to do with my hardware, no?
Any help would be great.
 

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So this time the problem started out as a simple issue. Whenever I bump the desk or move the keyboard out with too much force, the computer shuts off. Everybody told me that it could have been a loose connection so I checked it all and replugged everything back in. The computer starting working fine for about 5 hours then it just shut off randomly while I was playing a game. This time, though, it shut off without me bumping into anything. SO, is this a power supply issue? I'm using a 550-watt supply while running a 7800 GT. This is the right power amount so that's not my concern. And now the problem has gotten worse to the point where I turn on the computer and nothing shows up again. Windows doesn't load and the screen is on too. You here the fans and everything but nothing will load. All my parts from my old issue were replaced EXCEPT the power supply and CD-drive. I don't think it could be another loose connection b/c now nothing even shows up. Please help!!!
 

A:Power shuts off randomly, and any movement around computer shuts it off

Have you tried plugging into a different surge protector and different outlet?

Sounds like you need to swap the power supply to me.
 

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Hello everyone,

My computer recently has had some software/hardware issue and I need help on fixing it. What happened was I replaced a cell battery in it after I had first heard the sound. Soon after I had put on Artic Silver and the problem was still occuring. I have considered Geeksquad but they are quite expensive and I do not want to go to such lengths just yet. My computer was custom built so I'm not sure if any specific settings were added in or something. As far as my Computer specs go these are what they are:

8800GT Nvidia Graphics Card
Intel Desktop Board DQ35J0
X-Fi Sound Card
4GB Ram
500GB Hard Drive {Seagate}

If there is anything else needed to be known about this problem please do let me know. Also I had a keyboard malfunction where it had been typing the wrong keys if you can also help me with this please do post. I do have reason to believe its mainly a power failure but I do not know how to replace/fix it.

Thanks in advance!
 

A:Computer makes sound and shuts off after seconds of turning it on

You left out a couple pieces of information... the power supply specs and what the actual noise sounds like
 

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Hi, I am having a really irritating problem with my computer. It happens when the computer is left on for awhile, and then suddenly the computer shuts off out of nowhere. After it shuts off, it makes a weird noise(like a high pitch then low pitch), it seems like its coming from the motherboard or something. I can't even turn it off or on using the power button so I have to pull the plug from the back of the tower and restart. Does anybody know what may be causing this? Thanks in advance for your help.
 

A:Computer shuts downs abruptly then makes noises

Post a HijackThis log file in "Security," as it my be a virus, trojan, etc..

-SkyHi
 

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After about 10-20 minutes of being on the computer, I will hear a strange "click" noise, and the computer will freeze and the sound will skip over and over again. The click noise is the exact same one that happens when I turn my computer off. Also, when this happens, the HDD light stays on perminantly but nothing is loaded. What's going on?

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:09:44 PM, on 7/13/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
C:\Program Files\Nikon\NkView6\NkvMon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\devldr32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cisvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\tcpsvcs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exe
C:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\MOZILLA FIREFOX\FIREFOX.EXE
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A:Computer freezes randomly - Makes strange click noise

I don't see anything in the Scanlog to explain it, but you can check and fix these anyway:

O16 - DPF: {10ABC6DB-E091-4EAE-98DD-21B5A2460714} -
O16 - DPF: {17492023-C23A-453E-A040-C7C580BBF700} -
O16 - DPF: {39B0684F-D7BF-4743-B050-FDC3F48F7E3B} -
O16 - DPF: {74D05D43-3236-11D4-BDCD-00C04F9A3B61} -
O16 - DPF: {9A9307A0-7DA4-4DAF-B042-5009F29E09E1} -

You are probably looking at a Hardware problem with the Hard drive.

I would recommend going to the Drive Vendor's homesite and looking for a non destructive diagnostic utility.

You may be able to determine the vendor by running msinfo32 and looking at the disk "storage" devices there, under "components", or through the Device Manager.
 

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Hello. First of all, thank you for reading my post. I recently discovered a Trojan on my computer and instead of going through the tedias process of getting rid of it, I decided to wipe my hard drive and load a 64 bit version of windows 7 ( an upgrade from the previous 32 bit version I had with the virus). The installation went smoothly and I began to download most of my drivers with no issues. I even downloaded World of Warcraft with no issues. I turned my computer off and got some sleep. I returned only to see that my computer would keep restarting during the start up process.

So, knowin a little about computers, I shut everything down. Checked and cleaned the inside of my PC. Re-set the memory and reset the battery to reload BIOS. I put everything back together, and it started up no problem. Success!!! NO! As I began surfing the internet, IE will randomly shut down and just keep doing it. As I scrambled for a solution to this very annoying problem, my computer would shut down, sending me to a blue screen which states a bunch of stuff that I don't understand. Being the hands on guy I am, I went back to search for a solution with the new information. I figured that maybe BIOS wasn't updated or that I didn't have all the needed drivers downloaded yet.

So I went to download some more updates and every time I go to download something I get a setup error or something that keeps the download from finishing! So, I threw my hands up and came here, hoping that som... Read more

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Basicly, i bought an acer computer from futureshop, and i also purchased a power supply and a video card. I downgraded the acer from vista to XP, and have had no problems for almost 2 months. Starting just a few days ago, i was surfing the internet, and my computer (sounded like the fan) got really really loud, then my computer just shut off. I thought maybe just an over heat or something, then left the computer for the night, next night, same problem, it turns on for a few minutes, then just shuts off automatically. I hope i have given enough information. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks in Advance.
Pearse M.
 

A:Computer emits really loud noise, then shuts off.

Two months? Is it under warrenty? I would take it back unless no warrenty,

Can you open the case and then turn it on? You might be able to narrow down the cause of the noise.
 

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My computer is around 6 months old. It often shuts down all of a sudden. Are there any simple tests that can be done to determine whether this is a hardware or software problem? I do not have the experience to open the computer and check or change parts.

Details of my computer: AMD 64x 2 Dual, Core processor 4600+, 2.41 GHz, 1.87 GB RAM, Windows XP Home. Service Pack 3, Hard disk 250 GB. Hard disk partitioned into 3 drives. Each drive has a lot of free disk space.

It first happened when a scheduled Norton Save & Restore (NSR) Files and Folders backup was running and it continued to shut down any time I ran this backup. It has never, however, happened during the NSR Disk Image backup. Norton Support said that a corrupt archive file could cause the shut down. By trial and error I found by eliminating the *.pst files from the backup the computer no longer shut down during the NSR backup. But, after another two months it started shutting down again during the files and folders backup even though the *.pst files were still excluded. I then disabled the files and folders backup altogether.

Next it happened with Norton Speed Disk (Defragmenter) during the analysis stage and then with Windows XP Defragmenter.

Finally it happened using Areca, an open source backup program (files and folders).

The problems seem to have started after I started ticking “Compress Old Files” during XP’s Disk Cleanup. I have since uncompressed many (but not all) old files and now the Areca Back ... Read more

A:Computer Randomly Shuts Down

Hi. maybe your pc just don't like norton products i know thats not a very constructive answer, but sometimes the obvious answer is the best one.

Bill.
 

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OS: Windows XP Corp SP2
PSU: ENERMAX Liberty 620W
MOBO: Foxconn nForce4 SLI ATX AMD
GPU: XFX Geforce 6800 XT
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400
HD(s): WD Caviar 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s & Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB

I built this PC. Originally I got a string of bad Asus Mobos, 3 in a row, and after I got fed up with it I decided to buy a cheapy Foxconn mobo.

The Problem:
Now, the "random" shutdown isn't completely random. It usually only happens when Im playing a game, but it could be anywhere from 20 min to 6 hours into gameplay. First thought was that something was overheating, but I got a temperature logging thing and only thing running a bit hot are my HD's at 70 degrees (which would cause my comp to lock up, not shut down I would think, if they DID overheat). Second thought is that either my PSU or my Mobo are bad. Obviously I could get a PSU tester thing, but I dont know how to use one and I'm not sure if thats even the problem. I mean could flashing the bios on my Mobo help? Is there any way I can test my Mobo? I'm looking for any possible solution besides having to bust out cash for a PSU tester.

Thanks all.
 

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So here's the deal. I'm using XP. My computer has started to turn off (and not reboot) randomly for the past couple of months. I can be doing anything from writing a paper. Watching something on Winamp and playing solitaire. Listening to music. There is no error message. I've run Norton scans, and I've even gone to PCpitstop.com and run tests there. I'm not sure what to do or what the problem could be. Oh and if I try to turn it on a few seconds after it's shut down, it starts to boot up, but just turns off again. I usually have to wait a few minutes or more in order to use the computer for longer periods of time.
 

A:My computer shuts off randomly when I'm using it

it's either a bad power supply or an overheating system
 

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It keeps randomly shutting down. It closes whatever Im doing without asking me if I want to save anything, and shuts down, as if I told it to shut down like I was done using it for the day. I have no clue what is going on, because I have no spyware/viruses that I know of. I recently installed a new network card, but im pretty sure this isnt the problem, because it was happening before this, but less frequently.
I am running a Dell Dimension 4450 with Windows XP Home edition, a p4 2.0ghz processor, an evga 6600 128 MB nvidia gfx card, and a gig of DDR ram, with a Netgear FA311 PCI Ethernet card. What can the problem be??!! It is very frustrating... It even has the nerve to shut down when im in the middle of a game. Thats the worst feeling. Please look into this!
 

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I have a Gateway Turion 64 PC that randomly shuts down.. it runs hot a lot. I have run some scans. attached the second.. ithink it attached...
DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Caroline at 20:19:24.86 on Sat 07/31/2010
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.958.430 [GMT -7:00]

AV: Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {FB06448E-52B8-493A-90F3-E43226D3305C}

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C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wltrysvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exe
C:\Program Files\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper\DkService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k HTTPFilter
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\MozyHome\mozybackup.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
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C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
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Hello. I've had my computer for about a year and a half. This issue started yesterday.
My laptop will make a clicking noise, and then shut down. So far, this has happened twice. Once each day. 
A friend told me my laptop is probably overheating, and it shuts down to prevent that, but this second time, which happened only minutes ago, my laptop, wasn't even hot.
 
 

A:Computer shuts down randomly

The clicking could be coming from your hard drive if it's about to go out. Also it could be coming from the fan inside your case hitting a cable.
 
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 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link for the snapshot.

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MY friend built a pc for me and when i started the computer its shut downs randomly...at first the pc shuts down right after it starts..then after few boots my friend was able to set the bios and all..when we tried to install the windows the system shuts down again..sometime mid way thru the installation and some time even before the installation starts..i tried leaving the computer on for a while without trying to install the windows and it remain on..i dunno wats happening here..
My Pc Spec:
3.4 G Pentium D
512mb Corsair memory card
380w ATX12v psu that comes with the casing-Raidmax
160gb Maxtor hard drive
i tried to install wind xp...
no video cards or sound cards..
im really lost n i hope u guys can help me out..thanks in advance..
 

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Hello and welcome to Techspot!

First two guesses are either
a) you don't have the heatsink seated properly and your system is overheating. Try reseating the HSF with some new thermal paste.
b) Your power supply is dying. Raidmax are well known for producing low quality PSUs that die out early.
 

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For some reason my Laptop shuts off randomly. I have no BSOD. Its like I held down the power button. Is there a setting that make your computer shut off after an amount of time or could it be a..... VIRUS

A:Computer shuts off randomly.

Run some temperature measurements, it could be heat related.

If you're concerned about a possible virus what does your anti-virus program say when you scan?

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hi

well here is the problem about 2 mothns ago my pc would randomly shut down so i re-enstalled windows microsoft xp professional and updated everything but for some reason unkon it still shiutts down no erro message no blue screen of death nothing,it usually happened when i had to manny windows open or was palying a game, so i though that the motherboard g- card could not handel the games so i bought a nvidia geforxe fx5200 and i put in a second harddrive but still the problem is there

specs

microsoft windows xp professional version 2002
servive pack 3
Adm sempron(tm) 2400+ 1.67GHz 1.00gb of ram


if anyone knows what to do please tell me
thanks.
 

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Computer shuts down suddenly

I have a similar problem. My computer shuts down without warning, after running anywhere from a ˝ hour to 1 ˝ hours. I have cleaned all 5 fans, using vacuum cleaner, brushes & alcohol. Also cleaned heat sinks. Temperatures seem within normal range: CPU 35 degrees C. Others are lower, except 2nd HDD (HD1) @ 58 degrees C. It is the hottest item. Can anyone help me?
 

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When I went to college 6 months ago. I brought my desktop with me, worked fine before I left. Got to school set it up, and when I'm running many processes on my computer or loading up a game it will turn off. Then after that some times won't even turn back on. I thought maybe it was my power supply since the one I had was the minimum power I needed, and was old. So I bought a brand new PSU with more power, and the same problem is happening.

Here is my specs

Motherboard: Gigabyte S Series P35-DS3R
PSU:Corsair TX 850 W
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 4 Gigs of Ram
Hard Drive: 800 Gig HD Total
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT

I tried many different ideas to fix it. I thought it was either the power supply was going bad, or over heating. But I got a new power supply and the heating is normal

UPDATE:
Alright, I just removed everything from my computer, took motherboard out and processor out. Put it all back in and made sure everything was connected, and connected tightly. Computer turned on, and was loading everything. Tested loading a game, and right before the map loaded up it crashed. Then turned computer right back on, and turned off in a minute or so.

I'm going try get all my information on my backup hard drive then reformat. If that doesn't work any idea?
 

A:Computer Shuts off Randomly

reiger said:





I'm going try get all my information on my backup hard drive then reformat. If that doesn't work any idea?Click to expand...

For a fault that first started happening 6 months ago!
Yes please do a clean install of Windows to confirm its not software related
Note: A clean install means removing the Partition(s)

Obviously this is Vista 64Bit OS ?
I suspect that you may have a Gigabyte Restore disc (or image on your hard drive) with this computer as well?
Then try that
At least then you will know if its hardware related (as you suspect already that it is)
 

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My computer keeps randomly shutting down. I have a HP laptop with Windows Vista.
It just started yesterday! It randomly shuts itself down. I have an HP Laptop with Vista. The motherboard was replaced last year, (defective straight from factory). Everything else is good in it. I can't keep it on long enough to do ANYTHING with it, updating or anything. I can't keep it on long enough to run my anti-virus scan to see if this was a virus. Then once I turn it back on I get that, your computer unexpectently shut down, check the disk drives, etc. HELP ME PLEASE!!! I need it fixed by Monday morning (today is Saturday morning here). I have to use my laptop at work Monday, but right now I don't see that happening. I'm fully prepared to do a full system restore if that'll fix the issue. I HAD restore points, but something happened and now they are gone (gotta run the anti-virus scan once the computer stays on, think that might be a virus). Its not overheating, its not dusty.

PLEASE HELP ME! My computer is only 2 years old, its gotta a lotta life ahead of it..

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I think your computer is overheating, you can download HW Monitor and check the temperatures and if they are very high open it up & clean, get a can of compressed air and clean the fan and ventilations.
You can download HWMonitor from here:Download HWMonitor 1.15.0 - A hardware monitoring software that will read the system's main health sensors - Softpedia

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Hi, recently my computer has been shutting down randomly whilst playing games and i cant seem to find the reason. Could somebody please take a look at my Temp and volt reading to see if maybe its a PSU or cooling problem. Thanks.

Readings:
http://imgur.com/OgNBSmA

Specs:

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard
CPU: Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
GPU: Asus GTX 780 DirectCU II 3GB GDDR5
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit
HDD: Western Digital Green - 1TB Desktop SATA Hard Drive - OEM
SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive
PSU: Corsair Gaming Series 2013 Edition GS 700W ATX
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95.AUAA 24x SATA SuperMulti Internal DVDRW Bulk
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Case: Coolermaster Storm Trooper Case
 

A:Computer Shuts down randomly

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whats the brand and model of your computerClick to expand...

Its custom, i made it
 

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Sometimes my computer will just shut off. I don't think it a temp issue because sometimes I'll let it sit for a couple hours and it will take a few tries to get it back on once again. I will turn it back on and it will start to go on for a couple of second then turn back off. It does however seem to turn off when I'm doing CPU intensive things like encoding.

2.3 GHz celeron
intel D845BG board
2- 512 DDR ram
Windows XP pro
 

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My Gateway desktop computer with Win7-64 bit, has started to shut down by itself. I noticed this happening a few months ago and figured it might be due to overheating. I cleaned out the fan areas and installed Speedfan to see what the temps are. The CPU seems to be running around 35-39 C. I can tell when the pc is going to shut down because shortly before it happens, the screen freezes, the mouse won't operate, and then the tower shuts off, but the screen still has the last image on it. I can start it right away and it works fine until the next shut down which could be a week away or only a few hours away. Naturally, the 1 year warranty has just expired and the Gateway techie says I should do a system recovery and if that doesn't work they'll fix for around $200!! Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
 

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Hello,

I am trying to fix my step-father's computer. We are not sure what is going on with it, but he recently started getting shutdown messages when he began using his computer.

The first error message that comes up shortly after boot up is something along the lines of :

"Generic host process for Win32 Services encountered a problem and needed to close" it then asks to send an error report. If you send one it goes through the sending report indication message and if you click ok the error will pop up again. If you choose not to send the report the message just keeps returning.

At random intervals (usually within 15 minutes of booting up the computer) he gets a shutdown message which says something like:

"Windows must now restart because the DCOM Server Process Launcher service terminated unexpectedly. NT Authority\System" And gives a 60 second countdown.

I have tried recovery console from the windows xp cd but the errors still pop up.

Another thing to note is the computer cannot enter safemode. It freezes at one of the drivers and then just reboots itself.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

A:Computer shuts down randomly

UPDATE:

Repaired XP with disc. No longer shuts down randomly. BUT! I did a system scan with Avast and it found these:

A0033453.exe is infected by Win32:Alureon-EC [Rtk]

A0040479.exe is infected by Win32:Falder [Trj]

Would not allow me to repair or move the infected files so I deleted them.

How can I find out if these infections have been completely removed? Also, I want to make sure there are no more sneaking around before I return it to my father.

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Hi.
I hope this is in the right place.
I also hope that I'll be able to finish typing this all up before my computer shuts down again.

Here's information on my computer:
I have Windows Vista.
It's a laptop.
It's from HP.
It's the artist edition one (it looks so awesome!)

Okay, here's what happened about 1-2 weeks before the Lost series premiere thing on ABC (which was on January 21st 2009) :
I was watching Lost online so I could catch up on episodes I missed before the new season started. I was watching some episode on my laptop while I was sitting on my bed when all of a sudden the screen went black. I could still HEAR what was going on in the episode but no matter what I pressed the screen stayed black. I ended up having to press the power button for a long time until it finally closed. When I re-opened it, my computer "resumed" and after logging in everything was still open.

At first I thought it was a one-time thing, but after it happened again, I decided there was something wrong. I switched the battery (luckily I had another one) because I thought the problem might have something to do with that. But then it happened again the next day with that battery.

Oh, I forgot to say this, but probably every time this happened my laptop was connected to the charger and was fully charged.

Then, I have no idea why, it finally stopped about 5 days before the premiere.

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A:Computer Shuts Down Randomly

. I was watching some episode on my laptop while I was sitting on my bed when all of a sudden the screen went black.Also, if it matters, my computer can get really hot on the left side, but basically stays cold on the right side.The left side is where the processor is located and it will heat up somewhat. There are vents on the bottom and the back for air to go in and out. Using it on the bed you are more than likely blocking the vents and the computer is overheatingTry setting the laptop on top of a tray or book so the air can move around and through the laptop

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I bought a new desktop in January.
In March it started to just randomly turn off.
Dell replaced all the hardward in April.
In may it started turning off again.
I don't have any viruses, I have plenty of memory and I am thinking the culprit must be the OS....so what now? How can I find out if Windows 7 is causing the problem before I go through the effort to wipe the computer clean and restore it to factory settings??

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Do you know how hot the processor is running?

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Hello there, heres the details;
1.) computer shuts down on any screen but more frequently on games like ms pinball, candy crush saga, and when a video is paused and we go and make a coffee.
2.)it won't start up again untill about 20 minutes from being shut down
3) if we try to reboot it straight away sometimes we get the error file missing or corrupt. (though this only flashes for a second)
3.1) most the time, we get a blank screen
3.2) theres no beep at start up during these blank screens.
4) its not the graphics card, removed it and it still had the same issue
5) windows 7 will not install, dont know why. gets a little through and crashes.
6) ran lots of malware antivirus and adware programs, still shuts down.
7) its is quite random, but can crash after 20 minutes of start boot, but more frequently it allows us to run irt for 6-8 hours before first crash of the day then becomes more frequent after that reboot ie every 5, 10, 15 ,30 minutes.
8) we use the machine average 16 hours a day, its our hub
9) ALL components are in acceptable temperature ranges according to piriform speccy.
10) here are my specs's;

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, x86 Family 15 Model 75 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: I: Total - 38132 MB, Free - 15030 MB; E; 100gb (this... Read more

A:Computer Randomly Shuts Down

This appears to be the same issue as you thought was solved on this topic
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/1140207-windows-xp-restarting-randomely.html
as my good colleague Flavallee said - you can simply continue on that topic - as all relevant history to the problem is there
 

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I had a problem with my computer randomly shutting down after a power surge.
So I installed a new HD and did a clean win XP install. Still it didn't work. So I got it some new ram (I was running 1 gig before now I am running 2.50 gb). Still shutting down randomly.

I have no clue what is wrong with the computer or what I can do to fix it. My computer's restarted five times while writing this.

I am running an IP-95 ABIT mobo with a intel dual core 3.20 mhz (no overclocking, factory). I am running 2x2 gb DDR2 OCZ Dual channel gold memory (new). I have win xp SP 3 with a GeForce 7300 GS vid card. Can anyone please help? I've been trying to fix this computer for about a month and it's sooo annoying and frustrating.

For more info: When it shuts down only somethings I get a blue screen for a split second. Also, firefox continually crashed even when it manages to not shut down quickly. I am running trillian pro and only four windows of firefox when it crashes but sometimes it crashed on start up or when I just have a word doc open.

My Minidump folder is filled so I posted the last two in RAR format for you guys to check out.

A:Computer STILL shuts down randomly

hello...

Try booting in Safe Mode and de-check 'Automating Restart' setting.
This way you will see error message.
Go START > RUN... > type MINIDUMP and hit Enter.
If you have 'dump' files, post them here...
Maybe you have viruses which are causing your PC to restart...

If it is not software failure, I would suggest to go into BIOS and check CPU and Motherboard temperatures. Poste them here...

Is your PC dusted from inside??? If it is, maybe CPU is over-heating...

And tell us what make/model PSU you have...

Keep us posted...

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Hello, my computer seems to randomly just shut off. I need to turn of my power on and off a few times before I can turn it back on. It usually shuts off from 10-25 minutes in, I scanned it with AVG, spybot, and a malware scanner. The malware scanner can never finish scanning before the computer shuts off, but around 20 minutes in it finds an infection. I'm not sure what the infection is or if what the scanner found is responsible, but thats all I really have to go on. I also ran a hijackthis log if you want me to post it.

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Try to complete a MBAM quick scan even if you have to reboot or shut down after installing and updating before running the scan.We maybe dealing with malware and overheating.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.Download Link 1Download Link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
For instructions with screenshots, please refer to the How to use Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Guide.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the ... Read more

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Hello all,

I've had my current PC for around 2 years and it seems to shut down while doing certain tasks. The problem started out small, It would only shut down while on the loading screen for Sims 3 but at the same time I could run Crysis 1 on ultra high with no problems what so ever. I didn't really mind about Sims 3 and my PC didn't shut down doing anything else at the time, so I left it.

However, the PC has started to shut down whenever I try to download something from steam, it will start the download and then a couple of seconds later it will shut down and then restart. I can rarely download a game but only if I run another game in the background. It also happens while downloading other things, for example running an MMO client and letting it do updates. I have no clue why it does this and I hope someone can help me out!

I have included the DxDiag as an attachment.

Thanks!
 

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I am running a windows 7 64bit on a mini desktop. Lately however, the thing randomly shuts off on me without notice and it takes an hour or two for it to be able to reboot. I tried turning PSU off and on and reconnecting the power cable etc but it still wouldn't boot up during the time frame. One more thing, after I eventually get it to start up, I get the CMOS checksum error and when the OS loads up and everything, the clock shows the time at which the computer shuts off, meaning that the clock didn't run at all when my computer was off. The clock works fine if I turn the computer off myself though.
I replaced the CMOS battery and the problem still persists. Could this have anything to do with my PSU?
Help!

A:Computer randomly shuts off

Clean all dust out of the machine with a can of compressed air. Also go into BIOS and look at the temp, and voltage readings and post here.

Also post the make and model of your machine, and brand and model of your PSU and wattage.

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During a power outage, my computer shut down
When I turned it on, I got a message saying it was shut down because some drivers were not installed properly and it was shut down to prevent damage.
I restored to the last known good condition and it works for awhile. It shuts down again and I get the message again. Any Ideas?
Thanks, Billbillie

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Hi

Download and run this application: BSOD_XP_v1.3_jcgriff2_PROD.exe.
Once it has finished running zip the folder TSF_XP_Support which can be found in your Documents folder.
Attach the zipped file to your next post.

Maybe then we can see why it is shutting down.

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I need help!!!! my computer shuts down automatically and re-directs to a blue screen and says fatal error and gives a bunch of zero's...what does this mean..plz help!!!.thanks...
 

A:Computer Shuts Down Randomly!!!!!1

It can have many causes. We can start out with the ones that do not cost anything. First of all does this happen in safe mode also? Restart your system and press F8 during the startup; choose safe mode from the menu. Note everything will look strange because of using 16 color. Run the system for a while and see if it restarts. If it does, you have a hardware problem. If it runs fine in safe mode, you have a software, driver, tsr problem.

Once you know where to look for the problem, it becomes easier to solve.
 

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Hello there. recently i just reformatted my computer because of a nasty virus. The computer ran perfectly fine before the virus but now ill be on my computer surfing the net, listening to music and it will randomly shut off. The wierd thing is if im playing World of Warcraft it will never shut down. I can even run 2 WoW accounts on my computer at once with no problems. What could be the deal that when my computer isnt working as hard it just shuts down ? my mind is boggled can anyone help?
 

A:My computer randomly shuts off

System Specs

Could we have complete system specs? Don't forget PSU.
 

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Not a day goes by that my computer doesnt shut down on me in the middle of a task,wether its surfing the web, playing a game, or writing a report. I cant figure out whats wrong with it. Sometimes it will shut down within the first 30 seconds of turning it on, other times it will 3 minutes into and other times it will 10 minutes into it. i check all my plugs are fine, i ran scandisk, i defragged and everything came up hunk-dorey. so whats wrong with it, im baffled. Help!!
 

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As the title says my laptop (Compaq Presario r3000 WinXP Pro, Pentium 4) shuts down at the oddest times. Now usually it happens when I accidently move the charging/power cord. (I need to leave the cord in because my battery has been shot for a while.) So I think it might have something to do with the power connection but then sometimes it just shuts down when I'm not even touching it.
Could it be that the cpu is getting too hot? I've tried taking the back cover off to clean out the fans but I couldn't get one of the screws out because my screwdriver broke. So I figure I'm going to try that first when I find a new screwdriver thats not a piece of junk.
Any other suggestions?

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You've stated the 2 most obvious places to start looking. Heat could cause it, or the power connection inside the laptop could be loose. Possibly where it's soldered to the board
Mark

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I have a Dell Latitude D531 running Ubuntu. The computer shuts down at random unless the power button is held down throughout session. It runs normally when I do this. What could be causing this problem?
 

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Overheating?
Install the program lm-sensors. From the command line, run sudo sensors-detect to find all the temperature sensors in your machine. Answer yes to all the questions. Once you've done this, you can run the command sensors to find your temperatures.
 

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my pc shuts randomly down it just looks like i pressed the off button
sometimes everything stays on only the processor stops and the monitor turns off
it just happens randomly its not overheating and has enough power from the power supply
its not a virus because i had linux on it shuts down windows 7 shuts down too and also windows 8.1
please help me because its really stressing me out

will be posting specs later

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Hello koningboy and Welcome to PCHF

For starters is good to check the HDD and memory:
Get Crystal Disk Info from here Crystal Dew World and run it -It will tell you if there is anything wrong with your HDD. Get the Portable w/o Ads (zip).Check your memory with MemTest :
Download the Auto installer for USB, boot your system from it and when MemTest starts press c (configuration) then select Full Memory Range, then let it run.

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Just recently, my computer shuts down on me for no apparent reason. It completely shuts off and it doesn't even reboot. Most of the time, I keep my computer running for a few days straight. Does anybody know why this happens?
 

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About 20 or 30 mins the computer reboots on its own. Any idea what it could be?
 

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Hey all, here are the computer specs..
Windows XP PRO Fully updated
Geforce 8800GT Gfx Card
Q6600 Quad core processor
4gb of ram, made by G-Skill
The case is an ULTRA ATX medium Tower, with a built in 700w Power supply.

I built this computer back in February. It runs awesome, games are smooth, everything is great. However, recently it seems to have crumbled. Around the beginning of April, the computer shut itself off while I was playing oblivion. I assumed it overheated, but checking the temperature using Everest told me everything was fine. So without thinking i played for the rest of the day and nothing happened out of the ordinary.

That night, i went to bed and woke up in the morning and found the computer shut itself off once again. When i pressed the power button, the fans spin, the lights go on, and then 5 seconds later it shuts itself off, before the motherboard beeps. So after 4 hours of running around panicking that my computer was dead, unplugging various parts and plugging them back in, i found a solution. Unplugging and replugging in the 4prong cable next to the processor fixed it.

So for about 2 weeks, all was well. Then out of nowhere, when loading up WoW, the computer randomly shut itself off again. I did the same thing i did last time, unplugged that cable, plugged it back in, and all was good. At this point i was getting a little worried. It then happened again, another 2 weeks later, when playing Rise of Legends. Once again, the cable, plugged it ... Read more

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Thank you for reading this. I had just cleaned my computer real well. I hooked it back up and it wouldn't stay on longer than a few mins... I took it to Bestbuy.. Geeksquad.. they said Video card is not working so I got a new one and upgraded my ram to 3gigs. Well I brought it home and hooked it up. After about an hour it just shut off completely. It doesn't shut down, just off. I'm running windows vista 32... intel quad core... and a Geforce 9800 gtx+ 512... I got a power supply of 500 watts.

Any help out there is greatly appreciated. This hasn't happened to me before.
 

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A while ago, I posted a problem about my computer shutting down and throught I had it fixed after scanning/removing spyware and running disk check. But the last few days it's been happening again. It just shuts down while I'm working on something, either surfing the net, working in psp, working in windows movie maker, checking email, etc. Then I can't turn it back on by pushing the button on the tower. When I look in the back of the tower, the green light for the power isn't on, so I have to push the power cord in and out and jiggle it around a bit to get the green light to turn on and the computer to start up. What could be wrong?

Computer specs:

HP Pavilion 531w
1.3 GHz Intel Celeron processor
256mb RAM
40GB hd (11GB remaining)
Windows XP Home
 

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My computer has been working fine for almost 8 months and suddenly it has been shutting off randomly its now getting bad where it will only stay on for 10 mins at a time. hell im in a rush to type this message in fear it will shut off again. I have a feeling it may be a bug. but im not positive. I'm not asking for a detailed answer I would just like some ideas of what it could be because im pretty decent with computers i just dont know where to start.
 

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Hey guys,

About once a day my laptop (Lenovo T400s) just shuts down for no reason. When I turn it back on, about half the time I just get a dark screen with "Microsoft Corporation" visible at the bottom in barely legible writing. It's like a broken version of the proper thing where the progress bar goes across the line thingy repeatedly for about 30 seconds.

Whenever this happens I just power it off and leave it for a while. When I come back and turn it on sometimes I see the same screen or sometimes I am asked if I want to run startup repair. If I run it it asks me to run system restore, which never works. Usually I decline to run system restore and it shuts down after I click "finish" and sometimes it starts up properly the next time. Sometimes it starts up properly without running startup repair.

I have run avira, malawarebytes, and spybot and none of them pick up any problems.

Any idea what my problem is guys? Its pretty annoying!
 

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Hi and welcome to TSG try cleaning the air vents and fan with a can of compressed air,you can also remove and reseat the ram and test it for issues with memtest86+ download the iso zip http://www.memtest.org/#downiso and unzip it then burn the iso to a disc use img burn for that http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download you may need to change the boot order in the bios boot from cd\dvd as first boot device then boot from the disc and run the test if you have more than one stick test them 1 at a time and in each slot then swap the sticks and repeat,the test should run for at least 7 passes each time
 

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Hello, I been using my computer for the last bout 6 months now and havnt had an issue, and now all of the sudden it shuts down like someone is ripping the cord out of the back of it. Ive checked the temps to see if it might be an overheating issue but it doesnt seem to be, the avg temp is 30 Celcius, and it doesnt really get any higher then that. All the fans are spinning and airflow seems good. I have 1g of ramp and have a Nvidia 6800xt i beleive. A 1.8ghz processer and a 80g hard drive...im not sure bout the power supply, but I have a K8n Neo 2 motherboard. Another fact is that after it decides to turn itself off, I have to unplug it then plug it back in before it will power on again.

Plz help and ty in advance...
AJ

A:Computer randomly shuts off

Power Supply Units(PSU) are probably the most common thing to fail on a computer. Check if fan is working on the PSU. Check that your PSU is securely attached to the motherboard(if the PSU is not attached to the motherboard it will not start.) If fan is not working replace PSU.

It could be a other things. First Check voltages:

Input: If you have a multimeter check voltages on both your input from wall socket(should be between somewhere between 110-120VAC) If input voltage to PSU goes too low it is a condition known as sagging and will shut the computer off (this can be remedied with a UPS unit, APC makes good ones) [url]www.apcc.com[url]

PSU Output: check voltages coming from PSU. There are 3 voltages - 12VDC, 5VDC, 3.3VDC all which vary +/-10%. If lower then normal replace your power supply.

Another problem can be a dying power supply: It has internal components that are failing so you cannot tell if there is a problem by using a multimeter(voltages spike and sag too quickly to measure but enough to cause problems). If it is having intermittent problems that is a clue that it is the power supply. Replace it.

A bad or broken switch could also be the problem, but that would most likely just shut your computer down, not cut all power immediately.

If all you need to do is replace the power supply, you are in luck. They are not expensive and simple to install. Make sure you have the right form factor and is compatible with your motherboard.

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I just built a computer but it randomly shuts down for no reason and im not sure why. I think it might be that my power supply isnt enough for what its trying to do. I have a lan party 915p-t12 motherboard if that helps. What is normaly the problem for computers randomly shutting down and what should I look into to fixing it.
 

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SaltAir041 said:

I just built a computer but it randomly shuts down for no reason and im not sure why. I think it might be that my power supply isnt enough for what its trying to do. I have a lan party 915p-t12 motherboard if that helps. What is normaly the problem for computers randomly shutting down and what should I look into to fixing it.Click to expand...

*Power supply
*Over heating
*Loose connection(s)
*Loose expansion card(s)
 

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