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Hello everyone....Please bear with me as I am a 58 year old woman who is not up to date at all on computer jargon. Everything that I know about computers I taught myself. With that said I will get to my problem. I recently purchased a Dell P4 desktop computer and had it shipped over 1800 miles (UPS) It is shutting down by itself at times and shows a flashing yellow light on the front. This was happening exclusively when I would be playing World of Warcraft but now is happening more often when I am online. Is it possible that anything could have come loose during shipping? Is this something that a novice could look at? I instinctively thought that the sounds coming from my pc were wrong from day one. It is not set to hibernate or standby. The processor is Intel Pentium 4 and has a Nvidia video card installed as well. I hope that I am making sense to you. Thank you very much for looking at my post.
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"ty for responding to me. Yes i did. I bought a refurbished pc from 199computerstore. It sounded funny when I first started it up. I ran diagnostics on it, i get the msg. that chipset is disabled. Is it disabled because of the Nvidia card? I do not know. When the thing goes off a light flashes on the front (yellow) I think something is not right with the fan but I am only guessing because of the way it sounds. I am on a fixed income and only want to pay for what is necessary. May I open it up just to see if the fan is in correctly? How would I know? I thought I would look and see if everything was connected. ty very very much "
My response to the above...I cannot tell you what may be wrong with a refurbished system you did not acquire from me. I suggest that you contact the former owner.
It seems that you now need to do the sort of things...which would have better performed before purchasing or immediately upon discovering problems.
I reiterate...I would contact the seller of that system...and review the terms of sale agreed to.