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monitor and hard drive turn of

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I turn on the monitor then the hard drive, the monitor then turns of so does the hard drive. It had shut down a couple of times the previous week. I've unplugged it, left it for a while but it still does it. It has windows 2000
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Okay. You power up the computer and monitor, but both shut down very quickly? Does Windows actually load? Have you tried booting into Safe Mode (or Last Known Good Configuration if that's an option)?

Do you have any kind of Diagnostics (like Dell provides or that might have come with a new hard drive) that you can possibly boot from and run tests on the hard drive? If you can boot into Safe Mode, you can run Check Disk (open My Computer, right click over C:\, Properties, Tools).

Is your Antivirus up-to-date? Do you also run any kind of spyware software on a regular basis? Is there anything at all that has happened with the computer just prior to it starting this bahavior? Have you installed any software or hardware?
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