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Vista frequent shutdowns

By sybreal
Jul 26, 2011
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  1. I have HP Pavilion that runs Vista and recently it has been turning off by itself. I cleaned it not too long ago but the problem started today. I don't think its a cooling problem because the back of the computer where the fan is is cool. The system just shuts off but the light stays on.

    I noticed that it started happening after I downloaded an update for Skype and one time when I was on the internet I saw multiple tabs open up and caught the word "Skype" before the computer shut off. Do you think uninstalling Skype would help?

    Also, when the computer shuts off I cant turn it back on for a few seconds (10-15 seconds).

    Any ideas on how to fix this?
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The power supply might be failing...
     
  3. sybreal

    sybreal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Do you know if there is any way to check besides buying a replacement? If there isnt any could you point me to where I could buy an inexpensive one?
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    What is the make and wattage rating of your current power supply?
     
  5. sybreal

    sybreal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    How do I check?
     
  6. sybreal

    sybreal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I opened it up and it says:

    MODEL NO. PS-5251-08
    DC OUTPUT: 250W

    Is that what you wanted?
     
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay good, now what is your computers make and model?
     
  8. sybreal

    sybreal TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I updated the BIOS driver with the IPIBL-LB Motherboard BIOS Update. I also took off the side panel for the tower and everything seems to be fine now. The computer is a bit sluggish though and Core Temp only seems to be registering 1 processor instead of 2.

    My computer is: this
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Is the computer fully updated using Windows Update?
     

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