Windows 2000 issues

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AlfCraft07
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Windows 2000 issues

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As I said in the title, my Windows 2000 installation randomly dies on me after 30-40 minutes. I tried reinstalling multiple times, having to set up the entire disk as it has a triple boot setup between 2000, XP and Vista. I also changed the disk with another one of the same model with different firmware (same thing), and also installing just 2000 on another spare 160GB HDD (it works fine, most likely, as I watched it, it kept up for over 3 hours till I shut it down normally); so I don't think it's the power supply either as Windows XP, Vista and 7 aren't affected by the problem and I replaced it in December after the previous one exploded in October (yeah the pc has been down for the entirety of November, but that's just a detail). The same disks (Seagate ST500LT012-1DG142 Laptop Thin HDD 500GB) have been working fine under Win2K until last week (roughly). May it be because of higher temperatures in my area?

UPDATE: I discovered that unbending the power cable at the point of the PSU end delays this a lot, it seems like an issue caused by less current flowing into the PC. This way, I got it to keep up for more than the entire night. It occurs again shortly after I push the PC towards the wall by mistake. The odd thing is that it doesn't do that whatsoever on other OSes such as my other installations of XP, Vista, and 7, even with the cable bent by the wall.

UPDATE 2: After being on from 23:25 of last evening, the PC finally died at 3:30 PM today. To do some further testing, I replaced the power cable with the one that shipped with my new PSU I installed in December.

UPDATE 3: The new cable has just made things worse. The PC now dies after about an hour and a half of being turned on, this time no matter what the position of the cable is. I really can't find a strong explanation of why it happens, and it's driving me insane. Later today, I'll try reverting to the old cable and see what it does.
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AlfCraft07
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Re: Windows 2000 shutdowns

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Reverting to the old cable made the situation much better, and now the problem occurs way less frequently: unbending the cable just made it a non-issue. Problem partly solved (for now).

AlfCraft07
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Re: Windows 2000 issues

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UPDATE 4: The PC started doing it again this morning, even when it's distanced from the wall and the cable is not bent. This is now truly driving me insane. When I'll get back home, I'll try reseating the RAM and some other components and see if it still does it.

AlfCraft07
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Joined: Mon Aug 15, 2022 12:24 pm
Location: Sicily, Italy

Re: Windows 2000 issues

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FINAL - UPDATE 5: Reseating the RAM actually worked, it no longer kills itself after a certain period of uptime. While I was at it, I got most of the dust out of the comp, and reseated the front lights that came loose into the case years ago: now it's better than it has ever been!

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