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In the middle of installing XP,computer shuts down


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stirr

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Hey,

Here is the situation.

My power supply failed, so i bought another one. I did take notice to see if the power supply was the one i needed and it was. In fact, I tried several power supply to see if that was the case.

Anyways, the problem is that when I try installing any operating system (tried XP Home and Windows Me) my computer just shuts down. I get to the initial setup for XP but can't get to the GUI to run the wizard to install XP.

I tried everything literally. I tried switching memory sticks. Tried taking the network card out, tried taking out the modem out. Tried replacing all hardware except for the motherboard.

Any ideas?

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gerryf

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heat?

Shut downs scream too much heat

in addition to the 20 pin (wire) connector, did you connect the 4 pin (that feeds the CPU)?
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Hi,

I would do as gerry says and get into bios and check the temps if your bios has this feature, if the temps are ok I would the run memtest86.

Most every time I can't get a os to load it ends up being the ram but in these cases it usually just hangs not shutdown.

I know you said you changed ram but is it compatible and known error free
Clear the cmos and load safe defaults.
Inaccurate bios settings are my second leading cause.
3rd is the psu but you have tried that.

hope this helps in some way Rick
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Amen

I would say memory or CPU heat.
Open the case while installing see if that makes a difference... if so make sure you have a decent cooler on your CPU and if your CPU is overclocked try bringing it back to the original values.

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gerryf

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Rarely does a memory problem cause a shutdown (a reboot or crash to desktop , yes, but total shut off, no)

I am still leaning toward heat.
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