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Cynical

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Hey all,

I have a question about my oh-so-enjoyable computer. The problem I am facing is that for the past week or so my computer will just randomly power off. Not shut down, but as though i had plug pulled. This will not happen when I am in Windows Safe Mode. I have monitered the temperature both externally, and internally. I have replaced my power supply. I have checked my memory. I have formatted and re-installed Win XP home. I have done everything except beat on it with a stick. I am running...

AMD Athlon 64x2 3800+ 2.01Ghz
2MB RAM
e-GeForce 7200
Western Dig. 500GB HD
TssTCorp DVD-RW

At the moment these are the only things connected to my computer. I have checked the mobo out quite thoroughly, and have done every hardware test i could dream up. Like I said previously I had just noted that the system will stay on when in Safe Mode. This is odd to me considering that i have a fresh copy of Win XP on a freshly formatted drive. Any ideas, advice, etc...

Thanks.
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makai

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Look closely at the capacitors on the motherboard. Compare them around the board to see if any of them have tops that are bulging.

If you went as far as to replace the PSU, then the only thing I can think of is the MB. Safe mode has less demand, so it must be a power thing going on. How old is this computer?
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