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My PC turns itself off, can anyone help?

By mermaid
Apr 7, 2010
  1. Hi, My Pc turns itself off. If I leave it on for varying amounts of time, it will turn off. It is sometimes difficult to turn it back on. I actually have to unplug it then re plug it in at the back and then it will start.
    By the way... I have no idea what I'm doing so please tell me as simply as possible.
    Thanks
     
  2. ryanstrassburg

    ryanstrassburg TS Rookie

    What OS are you running?

    Sounds like your system memory has taken a crap (or rather a portion within a chip), typically when I had a bad memory chip this is what would happen when the bad memory segment was accessed. When booting (I assume you are using Windows) press/hold F8 just after POST and run a memory diagnostic (you have the option to load Windows or run a memory diagnostic), this may detect a problem but requires no fiddling. If not and the problem persists then I would suggest swapping out the memory chips on the motherboard, or use one at a time if possible to see if one is bad.
     
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