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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 GuruOfDos In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

Change your memory speed to 100MHz in the BIOS ans see what happens. If the machine runs consistently then you have a memory timing problem.

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by GuruOfDos In reply to PC Keeps Shutting Down

Change your memory speed to 100MHz in the BIOS ans see what happens. If the machine runs consistently then you have a memory timing problem. Also, is your Athlon a Thunderbird or Thoroughbred core model....certain mobos only support a certain core type Athlon. Check this using the System Properties icon in control panel. Get the Version and Stepping number from the CPU info. Refer to the AMD website to identify the core, then check with the mobo manufacturer to see if your version of the core is supported by the BIOS version you have. Some boards, primarily QDI will NOT even boot with the wrong 'flavour' Athlon XP!!

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