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By ahmed2324 ·
i have a system with the following configuration

Pentium III 534 MHZ
64 MB RAM (SDRAM)
20 GB HARD DISK
XP PROFESSIONAL AS MY OS(ONLY ONE OS)

THE SYSTEM WILL AUTOMATICALLY SHUT DOWN AFTER STARTING OR SOMETIMES IT WILL RESTART AUTOMATICALLY (THIS WILL HAPPEN EVERY 10 T0 15 MINUTES) WITHOUT ANY ERROR MESSAGE


SOMETIMES ALSO IT WILL NOT BOOT IMMEDITALLY AFTER I PRESS START BUTTON , SO I HAVE TO PRESS 3 TO 4 TIMES

AND SOMETIMES THE SYSTEM WILL WORK FINE.
AND SOMETIMES IT WILL RESTART OR SHUTDOWN AFTER LONG HOURS LIKE 1 OR 2 HOURS

BY THE WAY WHEN THE SYSTEM AUTOMATICALLY SHUT DOWN THE RED COLOR OF THE HARD DISK WILL STILL BE BLINKING AND ALSO THE CPU FAN WILL BE STILL ROTATING


WAITING FOR UR REPLY

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by dmiles In reply to system automatically shut ...

See the Microsoft Web site for System Configuration you possibley have or below the minimum requirements for Windows XP installation
Memory upgrade would help system performance,yet I would not invest to much in upgrades before weighing the options of a new computer or upgrade

1)The System Bios may need updating

2)CPU could be overheating,check the cpu fan to see if it is working properly.

3)Video card drivers should be updated

When the red light is blinking that means system is processing,with the CPU and Bus speed for this system you may be expecting better performance which is not going to happen with current configuration

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by BorgInva In reply to system automatically shut ...

Make sure Hibernation is disabled in Windows and even in BIOS. That could be a problem.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to system automatically shut ...

The CPU is marginal but the RAM is really far less than is actually required 128 MEG would be better or even 256 MEG. That way XP would have a fighting chance to work properly. I know that the MS site claims that 1 400 MHZ CPU and 64 MEG of RAM is sufficient but it really isn't as it will give you all sorts of problems and be very slow.

Anyway do the obvious things clean out the case & Power Supply as a buildup of dust and other junk may be placing a strain upon the Power Supply. While you are at it remove the Fan from the Heat sink on the CPU and clean this out and do the same for the Video Card if it has a fan on the GPU.

Next try another Power Supply as the one you currently have may be on its way out or even worse not up to spec and is delivering low power to the system, this happens quite a lot on the 5V rail and get a PS that is rated to at least 350 W or bigger.

Flash the BIOS to the latest available and update all the drivers to the latest available from the system maker or the makers of the parts depending if you have a Pre Packaged System or a White Box this will dictate where you need to get the drivers from. If you have a Pre Built system like HP, Del, Gateway visit their web site and download the latest drivers. If you have a White Box you'll first need to identify the individual components like M'Board Maker and Model, Video Card Maker and Model if it isn't built onto the M'Board.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Incidentally if you do have on-board Video 64 MEG is way too little as some of the system RAM is used to process the Video as well as the CPU doubling up as a GPU and Intel didn't make a 534 MHZ P3. The 533 MHZ CPU has a 133 MHZ FSB so make sure this is set to the correct value and then you can adjust the multiplier to the correct value to get the proper speed of the CPU. If the FSB is set to 100 MHZ and the Multiplier to 5.5 that would give you something that is close to the proper speed of the CPU but the CPU would not be working correctly and could very well be causing the problems you have described.

To get the proper speed of the CPU you'll need to pull the Heat Sink off and read the numbers on the CPU if you have a socket 370 CPU The speed and FSB are listed under the Intel Malay listing on the top of the CPU above the center DIE and should read 533/256/133 and then a voltage ratting of 1.75V. The first 3 numbers are the CPU Speed then the L2 CACHE and finally the FSB speed which will be either 100 or 133 so a 533 should read 533/256/133/1.75V.

If you have a Slot 1 CPU the numbers are on the top of the CPU Casing and are on the second line and read the same way but are a lot harder to read because they are so lightly stamped onto the casing.

So first check the CPU and make sure that the M'Board/BIOS is correctly set and if that is OK and the Battery is showing 3 V change out the Power Supply to something bigger and newer. If you have on-board Video you'll need at least 128 MEG of RAM and a lot more would be better but here you'll have to consult the manual that came with the M'Board to find out how big a RAM stick each SD RAM socket can map and then you'll have to find some Low Density Ram of at least 133 MHZ or 150 MHZ to put into the unit.

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by pakkami In reply to system automatically shut ...

There is no such problem, if u r using a branded like compaq or acer system just change your Ram and it will work fine. Your configration is ok just the problem is with your memory.replace your ram with the same or 128mb.

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by pablok In reply to system automatically shut ...

id say the specs is fine to run XP - its not adequite tho'... it sounds like a virus. try booting in safemode, if the problem persists id put my bucks on a virus.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to system automatically shut ...

i vote for hardware. i'd do what hal said.
did he mention trying to fail it for good when you get disgusted enough by thermal shocking, er, i mean cooling any suspect parts with some canned air. my armchair quarterback money on flakey motherboard....possibly loose processor or memory card...did this thing just take a trip on a delivery truck or anything?
it is easy to see if the problem is windows. just boot a windows 98 startup disk or a dos disk or an anti-virus cd or anything that doen't run xp. and let it sit there. see if it shuts off just running, not doing windows...doesn't eliminate ram as possible problem...

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