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PC Keeps Shutting Down

By marc ·
I have been experiencing an intermittant problem with my AMD Athlon XP 2200+ running Windows 98SE - Every now and again the PC just goes "dead" - the monitor switches off, although the lights on the PC are still on, but it doesn't respond until I switch off or reset. I have tried putting in a bigger power supply and I have added 2 extra case fans, and I have run PC Check and it came up clean. I have also loaded Windows XP Pro, which seems to crash much more often than 98.

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by gerhard.siebert In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

Hi
Check ur temprature of ur CPU. U can download Easytune 4 from AMD and it wil show U the temp.
Try to disable your power saving aswell.
That is all I can think of.

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by TheChas In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

Sounds like the PC is going into sleep mode and not coming back out.

Check the power management settings in both BIOS settings and Control Panel.

Disable sleep mode in both.

I have found that XP is MUCH more stable than Windows 98. So long as you have newer hardware.

XP can be unstable with a number of older sound, video, and modem cards.

My first XP installation was unstable until I changed out my modem and sound card. Even though both are on the HCL.

Chas

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by marc In reply to

I have disabled all power settings in Bios and Windows - and all hardware is new, I only built the machine about 4 months ago. Under Win98 the machine sometimes runs for days without a hitch but under XP it crashes within a minute or two of logging in.

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by n4whk In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

power supply may be overheating

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by DamonPolich In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

I had a simular problem with a Win98 machine. It turned out being the power supply wasn't sending the correct voltage to the motherboard or any components. If you can try changing the power supply, atleast to rule it out.

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by marc In reply to

I have already swapped out the power supply, same deal

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by marc In reply to

I have already swapped out the power supply, same deal

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by heroshima In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

first there have been a batch of XP 2200chips that had the thermal problem I am dealing with one now XP2200 in a MSI K7VMM MOBO. secondly It sounds as if you have bad memory XP is very dependant on good memory. In Win Xp right click on MY comp then click on property?s go to advanced then click on startup/shutdown and uncheck the reboot option when you have errors. This will give you a blue screen and help you target in on the issue. I will say this. I have had MSI motherboards and soyo boards recently do this.

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by Andre_Nick In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

I have same trouble with machine on WinXP Pro, SOYO mobo, PIII/1Gz and 512MB Micron memory.
I don't think the Micron memory is a bad memory.
This is and PIII and mobo - all brand new.
My own opinion - a Windows XP is not good OS.

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by phillmejia In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

Sounds like the CPU is overheating. I've had several instances of the CPU fan slow down enough to allow the temperature to build up in the CPU. Shine a light at the fan and observe it while running the several applications simualtaneously.

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