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Problems with computer....Help...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Caveman Jim, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    during this last week I have had a problem with my computer shutting down (turning off) while on line I have no idea what's going on. Im to the polnt of going to go outside the cave and grab a BFR (large rock) and beat it till it works or dies completly, so if any one can save me from spending a lot of money please help....
    Thanks, Caveman Jim
     
  2. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Is this a desk top? what does it take to get it to come back on?

    First guess is Power supply going tits up.
     
  3. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    I had a few towers that were doing that to me.

    One ended up a kink in the power cord because it was pushed all the way to the wall

    The other was that the power supply unit was just going out

    Computer_Power_Supply.jpg

    My bet is that either the cable or the power supply needs to be replaced....these are not expensive parts, nor are they hard to fix. Good luck to you! Hope this helps!
     
  4. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    It is a 5 year old desktop built for AutoCad drafting ($1200 video card& HD power supply).
    All it needs is rebooting to come back on.
     
  5. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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  6. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    my guess is heat. open it up and blow all the dust and such out of it.
     
  8. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I did that a few days ago and no change.
     
  9. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    If it stays on for the same amount of time each time it's likely an overheating problem. This can be caused by not having enough heat sink compound under the CPU heat sink.

    You can get tubes of heat sink compound online or sometimes at best buy or radio shack. Just remove the heat sink, clean off the old gunk and put enough on to barely cover the bottom of the heat and clip/screw it back on.
     
  10. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    Send me a PM with you phone and I'll try to help you diagnose it.
     
  11. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hanging onto old toys that work, I've been guilty of slipping behind in technology from time to time.

    In fact one of my computers is a Pentium I had built in 2002 and it's been running since then. I replaced the power supply twice ($25 the first time and $35 a few years ago). They get old and dirty inside, and they fail. Is your fan noisy? Both of mine got that way when they started to go (for like a year apiece).

    I hope that's all you have going on there. Cheap and butt-simple to replace.
     
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    duane black Washington Well-Known Member

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    Some machines will power off due to a " thermal event " ...

    Basically, overheating. When it comes back up are there any messages ?
     
  13. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    This is what I did one time to a lawn mower that wouldn't start reliably. But I used a BFH (large hammer).

    Sometimes my machine won't shut off because it's in the middle of updating, or installing updates. I'm guessing though this is not the case otherwise you wouldn't be seeking help from the combined NWFA braintrust.
     
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  14. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yeah, found out it is the power supply causing the problem. Thanks folks for the recommendations!!!
    Dang, I was getting excited and found a suitable BFR for my entertainment, but Alas, I shant beat it today.....
     
  15. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My 2000 Gateway behaved this way both times I had to replace the power supply. Now I would love to replace the power supply one more time so I have a Puter that would run all my XP dependent programs but the stupid power supply is mega spendy this far down the line.

    Special smaller case computer dedicated power supply.
     
  16. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    When I used to build rack mount industrial computers and home computers I almost always found that a freeze and shut down was a power supply or overheating processor. The power supply was the first (cheapest) to fix!

    Got tired of the chair/keyboard interface problems and got out of that rat race after I set up Freightliners SAN on Swan Island.


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