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I'm new to the site and need help with a power issue.

I'm running Windows Vista (which I hate). Specifically when I have multiple IE windows open that are Java supported and/or ActiveX supported downloaded games, I can hear my processor running very "hard". During this loud "running" my system will frequently crash. The entire system simply shuts off without warning.

I keep the fan vents clean and make sure they're not blocked to cause overheating. I also do frequent scans and know my PC is not infected. I have removed all unused/unnecessary files, programs, cookies, etc. through my Norton System Works.

Does anyone have any suggestions for this problem that is driving me crazy? I thank you in avance.

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Bad computer memory is one of the three main reasons for random system failures.. the other two are heat (usually caused by fans or heatsinks being blocked with dust) or power issues...
first...unplug case from the wall...open it up and clean out all the dust bunnies...be sure to clean the cpu heatsink fins up real good.....guide is here..

then lets make sure its not your memory going bad...get memtest +
the lowdown is here..

if you have a floppy drive you can get the 6th one down ...set the bios to boot from the floppy drive A:

first...then the cd drive then the Hard drive C:
or you can get the 2nd one down and burn the ISO file to a cd and then boot it from the cd drive...

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go

here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso
burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....

let memtest run for at least 2 hours...if it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have
to replace the RAM...no errors after 2 hours just press Esc to end the tests and we will try some other

go here and get everest home...install and
launch it...click the + by computer...click on sensor...get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and

Edited by happyrock, 18 February 2009 - 08:55 AM.

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