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Computer shuts down on its own without notice

By Vincent Lau
Sep 20, 2012
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  1. Recently, I've started getting this problem on my computer where I am using my computer and it would just shut off randomly on its own. Even when idling, I would come back to find my computer shut off.

    My specs:
    i5 2500k
    8gb Ram
    AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series
    2tb HDD
    120gb SSD
    MSI Motherboard
    500w Psu

    Anyone have similar issue or know how to resolve this problem? Let me know if you need me to tell you anything else. I would really like to fix this problem.
     
  2. Vincent Lau

    Vincent Lau TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What can I do to pin down the exact problem? Any steps I can take?
     
  3. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 122

    I assume it is a desktop? Or a laptop? Cause depending on which type of computer there is different causes for it to randomly shut down, none of them good.

    ~Alex
     
  4. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,864   +187

    Alexe is right
    1. overheating
    2. Bad PSU.
    These are a few I can think of at the moment.
     
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  5. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 122

    It's Alex :p

    Overheating is a common problem in both desktops and laptops, however it is more common in laptops due to the fan not working properly or other problems.

    ~Alex
     
  6. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,864   +187

    From his specs It more or less is a desktop. I maybe wrong, But yes overheating is more common in laptops. His problem maybe just as simple as a good cleaning out of dust build up. Or turn out to be his power settings , To a bad PSU and so forth, But he really needs to start some where in order to find the problem.
     
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  7. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 122

    Well I would recommend starting with checking the fans on his PC, checking for dust or obstructions, etc. Then proceed from there, if cleaning it out with a can of compressed air doesn't help.
     
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  8. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,864   +187

  9. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 122

    (Wonders why I can't seem to get my post count to change no matter how many times I post solutions/requests for info :p)
     
  10. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,864   +187

    Sorry have no Ideal:(
     
  11. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 122

    LOL, not your fault :p

    Just wondering why TechSpot don't like me :p

    ~Alex
     
     
  12. Vincent Lau

    Vincent Lau TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Guys, I found out the problem. It's my graphic card overheating due to massive clog of dust on the vents and fan. My gpu was at 95C before I wiped some dust off. Now its at 55C after cleaning off some dust! I leave my computer on 24/7 and the computer has been accumulating dust for awhile now.

    edit: Thanks for all your help guys!
     
  13. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,864   +187

    (y)Great! You are welcome
     
  14. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,864   +187

    It must like you some you were 81 post yesterday now you are 82:)
     
  15. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 122

    Well I posted on another topic :p

    (Just sent random PM to you as well :p)
     
  16. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TS Enthusiast Posts: 122



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