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My XP PC Shuts Off Randomly & Often..


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#1 mkb4321

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 03:44 PM

My XP PC Shuts Off Randomly & Often. What could be causing this & how can I fix it?

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 04:48 PM

There are numerous factors that could be responsible for this to include hardware, power supply and even malware.

One thing to do is run the MS Malicious Software Removal Tool to see if it finds anything.
http://www.microsoft.com/security/malwareremove/default.mspx
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Posted 23 September 2005 - 06:05 AM

Dust is often the cause, try cleaning it out from inside the case. The HijackThis Logs and Analysis froum should help to find out if you have malware.

Also you might need more virtual memory. You can add more in XP that is what you have by going Start < control panel < system < advanced < proframanc < settings < advaned < virtaul memory < change and setting it to something higher.
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Posted 23 September 2005 - 06:50 AM

Dust is often the cause, try cleaning it out from inside the case. The HijackThis Logs and Analysis froum should help to find out if you have malware.

Also you might need more virtual memory. You can add more in XP that is what you have by going Start < control panel < system < advanced < proframanc < settings < advaned < virtaul memory < change and setting it to something higher.

Explanation of Ram and Pagefile requirements:

"RAM, Virtual Memory, Pagefile and all that stuff"
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Posted 25 September 2005 - 11:40 PM

Hi,
Can u give some more details, so that I will try to solve the prob.

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Posted 26 September 2005 - 07:31 AM

If it doesn't come down to being a spyware/malware issue then as a precaution.. make sure you don't have any power options applied such as turning off your hard disks after a certain period of time ..(control panel,power options)

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Posted 26 September 2005 - 11:12 PM

make sure your fan(s) are actually working. one thing that is often overlooked is a failing power supply
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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:41 PM

:thumbsup: Check your power supply. Often, when your PC's power supply is failing, it will shut down your PC. Also, check your cooling fans, and your cases airflow. Excessive heat will also cause your PC to shut down randomly as well. Clean out the dust bunnies inside your case, make sure all your fans are working, and the air is flowing over your CPU

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:49 PM

My XP PC Shuts Off Randomly & Often. What could be causing this & how can I fix it?

ThankU, MAXINE

As you can see by the varied resonses there are many causes for such behavior from a computer. If you are unable to diagnose by yourself, please provide us with more info, such as exactly what happens. Does it happen when you are starting the computer or after it has been on for a while? Always at the same amount of time? Do you get a blue screen or any error messages? Any other buggy behaviour from this computer? Etc,.... the more info the merrier!
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#10 mkb4321

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Posted 16 March 2006 - 05:45 PM

I want to thank you all for your help. I found out that my laptop just needed more air under it. It was getting too hot, thus causing it to cut off frequently.
Thanks again..
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 09:10 PM

If you were not aware, there are devices you can use to keep your laptop running cooler. You could do a google search for laptop cooler, or notebook cooler, and find many different kinds.

There is one example of a notebook cooler HERE.
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Posted 16 March 2006 - 10:56 PM

I would try to find something that plugged into an ac outlet rather than one that takes power from the computer - especially on a laptop which probably has a power supply that is marginal anyway - just built to handle the computer and the components in it.

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Posted 17 March 2006 - 11:23 AM

My goodness, what wonderful help ya'll are! thanks for eveyone's input. I'll be sure to use all this kind help..
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