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At Wit's End - Computer Shutting Off?

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Just recently rebuilt my computer. Most everything in this system is brand new.

Here's my build:

Antec 900 case

2x 2gb RAM

700w Power Supply


Quad-Core 2.4 GHz Processcor (Though BIOS is saying it's running at 1.66 right now):

Hard Drive:

Can't remember what my vid card is off the top of my head, but it's a Sapphire Radeon, and an old model which worked perfectly with my old build. It's the only thing I haven't replaced.

The problem is that my computer will start up, most of the time it will even POST. It's managed (once) to get all the way to formating the hard drive to install my operating system (Brand new hard drive, so it's got nothing on it) but it dies. Sometimes it'll turn on for a second and die. Everything seems to be connected properly, everything seems to be turning on. All fans are running. It seemingly random when it decides to stay on and when it doesn't. I'm at a loss as to what the problem could be at this point =/ I even replaced a brand new 500w PSU thinking that was the problem. I installed the 700w and it still gave me the same problems.
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Welcome to GeeksToGo,

My name is Cbarnard I hope I may be of some assistance to you.

Please keep in mind this is not our job and I'm not here 24\7. It can take a little bit of time for me to reply back to you, if it has been more than 48hrs since a reply, please PM me and I will be with you as soon as possible.

Do you need help with this still or is this resolved?

You most likely need to reset your CMOS: Refer to page 33 in your MOBO manual

Locate your battery on the MOBO it is located in the center.
to the right of it you will see 2 pins that say CLR CMOS these are the pins being referenced.

turn off your computer and unplug the power cord from the power outlet
To clear the CMOS values, place a jumper cap on the
two pins to temporarily short the two pins or use a metal object like a screwdriver to touch the two
pins for a few seconds.
• After clearing the CMOS values and before turning on your computer, be sure to remove
the jumper cap from the jumper. Failure to do so may cause damage to the motherboard.
• After system restart, go to BIOS Setup to load factory defaults (select Load Optimized
Defaults) and set time and date strike F10 and yes then the computer will reboot.

This should help you out.

If this works or not, if you have any questions please let me know and I will be with you as soon as possible.

Good Luck


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I see that you have not replied to this post. Do you still need assistance?

If the problem has been resolved please post a reply stating this is resolved. If the problem resurfaces again please reference this thread in the new thread you start.

If you continue to need assistance please reply back with requested information asked for previously in my last post.

I like to hear how things are going for the people I'm assisting, please let me know how it is going good or bad!!!

Thank you very much and good luck


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