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Strange Hardware Behaviour


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#1 Alley Cat

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:12 PM

I have an HP Pavillion

AMD dual core 4200
2 GB RAM
Win XP sp3

This strange problem has not occurred in about 18 months, it used to happen alot.

I believe the CPU overheats, however I do not have access to a reliable CPU temperature monitor from either AMD or HP. Three times in the last 3 days, my computer suddenly shuts down, without warning or reason, the power light blinking Orange and Blue (instead of just a steady blue light)

The only way to restart my system is to switched off my surge protector and wait 10 seconds for the light to go out.

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#2 OldGrumpyBastard

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:26 PM

If it is an overheating problem...When was the last time that you cleaned the interior of your computer?

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/cleaning-the-inside-of-your-pc/

Be careful about using vaccuum cleaners to try and attempt this...You can buy aerosol cans of compressed almost anywhere and they work very well. There are software programs that can monitor temperatures of your system....Suffering from CRS (Can't Remember S##t)...
Does this look like an OldGrumpyBastard or what?

#3 hamluis

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 01:46 PM

I don't know, but it just might be a power supply problem (being overtaxed or unreliable) if it's been happening over a large span of time.

I think I'd experiment to find out.

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 03:55 PM

I last opened my computer tower and cleaned everything, about 4 or 5 months ago. None of us smoke, 90 % of the floors is linoleum (plastic tiles) and being vacuumed atleast 3 times a week.

How can I tell if the power supply is having issues ?

Edited by Alley Cat, 24 March 2009 - 03:57 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2009 - 04:40 PM

Temporary substitution is my technique.

When I acquire a system or a new power supply, I keep the old ones on hand for such testing.

If you don't have one readily available...try to borrow one long enough to convince yourself one way or the other about the power supply.

Louis




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