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Computer fails to start or restarts by itself


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#1 mreasyrider

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 11:57 AM

I have a Gateway (don't laugh) 504GR. I was haing problems with it shutting down for no reason and then finally would not come back on. I replaced the power supply thinking that would be the end of the troubles. In just a couple days it would start up like it was going to boot and then shut down. If I pressed the button enough times it would finally boot and work for 10 minutes or so. When I would let it sit and I was watching to see what it was going to do, right before the screen saver (7 minutes) the shutdown box would appear even though it was not being touched and off it went. Then if I try to restart it it might come up on the first press of the button or it may take ten presses to get it finally to go through a full boot and come on. The odd thing is if I am say, in IE just surfing for ten minutes, maybe 12 it acts normal. Let it sit and as soon as the time for the creen saver up comes the log oof box and off it goes. I am lost
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 01:20 PM

Cases, How to Avoid Overheating - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/142

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

You should also Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows XP - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/h...autorestart.htm

Then you might get an error message that provides a clue.

Louis

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 10:25 AM

It is not overheating as it does it from sitting all day off. The case is very clean and it never auto-restarts, it stays off. The case fan, the processor fan and the P/S supply fan all working. I have even went as far as putting a small fan directly on iy with the case off and still if I let it set about 7 minutes without doing anything the windows log off screen comes up and it shuts down. If I am surfing say for 10 minutes it will stay on. No activity at all and 7 minutes later right before the screen saver and off it goes. Then I may have to press the on button up to ten times to get it to do a complete boot. No error messages at all. Cold start up or right after it shuts down it is a button "priming" to get it to stay on.






Cases, How to Avoid Overheating - http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/142

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

You should also Disable the Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows XP - http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/h...autorestart.htm

Then you might get an error message that provides a clue.

Louis



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Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:47 PM

Anyone please?




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