Since I built this computer in July of 2003 it has always run on the hotter side (130-140 degrees F typical for CPU temp.) Lately when this occurs and I enter the BIOS it is not atypical for the CPU temp to read 150 degrees. I suspect the heating is the problem and the 15 to 30 minute wait will restart allows it to cool. Is this likely the problem or could there be another source? If this the problem what would be an inexpensive way to fix this problem as I plan to build a replacement computer in a couple of months.
One additional thing I suspected this could be a software issue or a root kit. For this reason and a few other unrelated issues I recently reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled windows. The shutdown problem still occurs.
Also if the computer is allowed to sit idly all day long it will have no problems, this only occurs when the computer is under load.
I have also checked if the fan on the heat sink was spinning and it was. However there is a fair amount of dust on top of the heat sink under the fan.
Athlon XP 2400+ 2.0 GHz CPU
ATI Radeon 9500 pro 128mb
250 GB Hard Drive
Asus Motherboard (if needed i can give the model number)
Windows XP Sp2 fully updated
Edited by waffle11, 26 August 2007 - 10:56 PM.