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 PostPost subject: PC shutdowns randomly when raring something        Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:55 am 
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I have this problem since more than half year. When i'm making something that request using of more resources on my PC (mostly when raring some big files but sometimes also while playing games) it shutdowns randomly. Is it a problem with power or BIOS or something else?

EDIT: This happens both on XP and Vista.
Also, sometimes this computer doesn't see one hard drive.

EDIT2: Sure, i forgot specs, here they are:
Gigabyte i-DNA LGA775
Intel Pentium D 2.8GHz
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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:58 am 
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sounds like somethings overheating. clean the case out and clean all fans/procesors heatsink.

The HDD : check the PSU has enough power to power it, also check the cables


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:04 pm 
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As happydude says, I'd go with an overheating CPU or Graphics card (most likely CPU if it does it when raring) or an underpowered PSU.

Download something like speedfan to check the CPU temps. It shouldn't go over 68*c under a full 100% load. You can load it up using OCCT or Prime95 to test.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:10 pm 
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I'd also bet its your processor overheating.
If not, then perhaps the temperature your processor must reach for your computer to automatically shut down as a saftey precaution has been lowered to somthing impratical, try checking this in your bios.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:09 pm 
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Due to the fact that your one hard drive is not showing up at times it could be more deeper issues.... but overheat is a most defiantly a potential cause.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:14 pm 
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Yes i agree that something is overheating as you all say as my second pc when i used to play css the cpu fan used to spin more and RPM would go up then CRASH and then all i did was take it apart cleaned out the case got a new cpu fan and replaced heatsinks thermal greece and then it worked, hope it works out for you :)

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:57 am 
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I forgot to add alot of todays graphics cards need a 500W QUALITY PSU, not some generic/the PSU that comes in your case.

I'm not sure as to what brands to recommend because my computers have never needed a big PSU


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If it's happening during RARing it's not just a video card power issue. That is something to point out though. Even higher-power PSUs aren't good enough sometimes. Read the specs for your video card, it will specify how much current (measured in Amps) it needs on which lines. Then you need to check your PSU and make sure that it supplies MORE than that much current on those lines, the video card isn't the only thing that's going to be using power. The current for each supply line should be listed on the PSU somewhere on a sticker, if not then check the manual. If you don't have the manual look up the model number online. If you have some off-brand PSU or you can't find ratings or a model number, chances are you need a new one. I've seen more Bestek power supplies go bad than anything else.


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yeah the same exact thing happened to me and i was downloading an ISO of TPB and my computer shut off randomly at 4:30 AM. :x


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:31 pm 
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Cleaning the CPU stuff helped :D
I never used to clean up my computers inside :roll:

Thanks for your help.


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FiFi wrote:
Cleaning the CPU stuff helped :D
I never used to clean up my computers inside :roll:

Thanks for your help.



if you removed the heat sink and fan from the CPU, did you clean the old thermal paste and appl some new goo ....


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 3:42 pm 
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RatPatrol wrote:
FiFi wrote:
Cleaning the CPU stuff helped :D
I never used to clean up my computers inside :roll:

Thanks for your help.



if you removed the heat sink and fan from the CPU, did you clean the old thermal paste and appl some new goo ....
I've cleaned it through the fan.


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