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    Old Fart
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    Stumped

    OK...here's the background and I don't know much. PC Chips M810D M/B, 256 RAM running Win XP (supposedly). This thing is shutting down totally at random. I can't complete an fdisk, let alone do a re-install of XP. I'm leaning towards a P/S issue, but will welcome any opinions you folks might have.
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    When you say randomly, is this after the box has been running for awhile (heat issues), if so have a look at the fans to see if they are dusted up, if the box is fairly clean, then try the Trojan/Virus route...

    If you have an AV try updating the definitions, if unable then do a Housecall from Trend Micro http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

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    Try some of these scans in safe mode with networking if you can...

    Also it could be a Ram issue http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
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    After heat issues
    try to dismantle / refit everything on MoBo, to make sure all is seated fine ........

    random, or is it always within the first few minutes ?

    early problems would point me to PSU / RAM issues
    if the system is running for upwards of 10 /15 minutes, then I'd look into the heat idea first.
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    allen - without having read the entire thread here - usually when one gets flaky with random reboots even on a clean install, it's the mobo. Have you checked for blown/leaky caps?
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    Random, always in the first 5-15 minutes. I'll check the caps for leaks.
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    Hi allenb1963

    PC-Chips?..................would not touch them mate................load of junk.......if that was used as a MoBo then the case/power supply is also questionable, but I would be very dubious about the whole lot...............it has that "cheap build" smell about it?

    Hey it could be RAM even?

    Sorry mate, when I see stuff like that I pass it by

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    Random shut downs... This points me to PSU or a heat problem... In my experience, when ram goes bad it doesn't shut off the computer... but it freezes the whole thing instead and you have to hold the power button for like 5 seconds to reboot... Any kind of post beeps while booting up?
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    Allen, I had an issue just like the one you are describing. It was with my old computer... and it was directly related to the CPU overheating, my heatsink wasnt working properly so i bought a exhaust fan like THIS one. it helped out quite a bit.
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    No leaky caps.....BUUUUUT....I've noticed a "sizzle" coming from the m/b two or three times now so I'm advising my buddy Giz to find a new m/b. I'll hook up another p/s just to make sure, but I'll put my money on a bad board in this case.

    nihil....I'm an Asus/Abit type of guy myself, and if the m/b is the problem I'll be converting Giz to the same line of thinking. Thanks old chap.
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