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Computer shuts off

By karencarpenter62 ·
Can I be working on my system and then it shuts itself off. I'm thinking could it be one of the fans? I have a Gateway system, Windows XP and this is very frustrating! I did everything I know how to do.. defrag, made more room on my hard drive by removing stuff I don't use, I did "clean up disk"... I need help!

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by Darren Hancock In reply to Computer shuts off

I've seen this before, and it was caused by a faulty power supply or one with insufficient voltage (should be 250 Watts). Is this a clone? When it shuts down, does it reboot or stay off? You may want to swap the power supply to see if the computer stays on.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Computer shuts off

It could very well be a symptom of overheating. Take off the cover and make sure the fans are working: power supply fans, CPU fan, etc.

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by gota_query In reply to Computer shuts off

To solve the Windows XP shutdown problem, perform the following steps:

1. Right-click "My Computer" and click "Properties".
2. Click "Advanced" tab.
3. Under "Startup & Recovery" options, click Settings.
4. Uncheck the box for "Automatically Restart" under "System Failure".
5. Click 'OK' and 'OK'.

If the option is greyed out or is missing at the above-mentioned location, then you may have to perform a minor registry modification. Please take a backup of registry before this, performing these steps:

1. Click "Start", "Run" and type "Regedit".
2. From "File" menu, click "Export" file.
3. Select "All" option (to take complete registry backup).
4. Give a name "regback" and save it on to Desktop.

The following is the modification to be done in the registry.

1. Click Start, Run and type Regedit.
2. Click "+" beside HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
3. Click "+" beside System.
4. Click "+" beside CurrentControlSet.
5. Click on Control to highlight it.
6. In the right windows pane, find the key "Auto Reboot".
7. Right-click on it and select Modify from the menu.
8. Change the value of the key from 1 to 0.
9. From File Menu, click Exit.

Also visit the following website:

This could also be due to low system resources.Increase the system resources.

The other possibility could be due to faulty motherboard.

Ramro Kayta

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by karencarpenter62 In reply to Computer shuts off

Thank you all for your help and support. I finally gave up and called Gateway to see if it was still under warranty and it was! The problem was my motherboard. Trouble now is just being patient waiting for my computer to be repaired, which feels like eternity!

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