[HELP] Computer turning itself off

By error101 · 10 replies
May 4, 2006
  1. Hey, I did search this topic before i posted but there seems to be lots of variations of problems.


    My computer as recently has been randomly turning itself off for no reason. At first this was once week but now every few hours. Once it turns itself off it won’t turn back on for at least 10 minutes.

    I first thought it was the cpu temp but I checked it ands its 34'c and then check the graphics card temp which is also fine.

    My friend advised to run virus scan which I do but every time its halfway through the computer turns off. Also I was importing a CD via iTunes and it also turned itself off.

    All this really started happening after i replaced the graphics card so I could have 2 monitors running. All worked great until it started to turn of randomly.

    I am running a pc with windows xp (Home edition - Service Pack 2)

    Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20HHz, 512 RAM

    Need some help, thanks way in advance

  2. eazy_duz_em

    eazy_duz_em TS Rookie Posts: 102

    check your cpu temp with a windows based program, CPU is idleing in bios so temp would be low
  3. error101

    error101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I downloaded a program called HDDTemperature and its at 35'c at the moment.

    Graphics card is GeFORCE 6200 its temp now is 44'c at the moment.
  4. eazy_duz_em

    eazy_duz_em TS Rookie Posts: 102

    try speedfan. it shows you all kind of temps and voltages.
  5. error101

    error101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    downloaded it, it says

    HDO: 35C

    Guess thats bad right?

    WHats temp2 referring too?
  6. madman_ncfc

    madman_ncfc TS Rookie Posts: 21

    im not sure but id say that it is either a bad temperiture sensor or it is actually that hot.Either way thats probably whats turning the system off because the mobo has an on board safety feature telling it to turn off when the comp gets to a high temperature.
    Have you checked that all your fans are spinning if there is one that isnt then that may be the cause of the high temps/random restarts
    another thing to try temporerally would be to run the system with the side panel of the case off
  7. error101

    error101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have took the case off the side and tryed running it, both fans are spinning.

    FAN1:2557 RPM
    FAN2:2637 RPM
    FAN3:0 RPM


    Any adivce?
  8. error101

    error101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Decided to clean the cpu heat sink, it was covered in dust. Clean it completely - and the temp is down now to about 58C. So thats improvement.
  9. connerwayne

    connerwayne TS Rookie Posts: 46

    so your CPU was at 102? jeez... make sure you put some arctic silver between the HS and CPU. wow, 102... that makes me want to overclock higher! Speaking of overclocking, are you?
  10. error101

    error101 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nope, not overclocking.
  11. up_n_runnin

    up_n_runnin TS Rookie

    Same as error101

    M having exactly the same problem. Any substitute for arctic silver?
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