XP shuts down after 2 minutes of startup..
Posted 13 August 2005 - 01:37 PM
Posted 13 August 2005 - 02:40 PM
Many things can cause a shutdown... including heat, and even software. How old is the computer? And please read my signature and list your specs.
Posted 13 August 2005 - 02:48 PM
Posted 13 August 2005 - 03:23 PM
Remove the AC plug from the computer.
Open the case up and check to see if there is a lot of dust inside. Make sure to touch a bare metal area of the case to discharge any static electricity your body may be storing before reaching inside to touch anything. If there is dust, go to your local computer store and buy some compressed air. Clean out the dust with the compressed air, but do not just blast the dust out... take it slowly and don't press the nozzle too hard. You just want enough air coming out of the can to clean the areas. You don't want the liquid spraying out of the can.
Once that's done, reconnect the AC cord and powerup the computer. Look inside the case and make sure the fans are spinning... especially the fan for the CPU.
Post back with your results
Posted 13 August 2005 - 03:24 PM
Posted 13 August 2005 - 06:36 PM
Posted 13 August 2005 - 07:27 PM
Do you have a spare power supply, or can you borrow one from a friend for troubleshooting?
If not, then you will need to do the following...
You will need to disconnect all the power cords from your drives, CDrom, floppy, etc.
You should also disconnect any peripheral devices like printers, scanners, etc.
Then power up the computer and see if the fans run. If they still don't, you need to start pulling cards out... any modems, sound, etc.
Eventually, you will need to get all the way down to just the mother board and cpu.
And then, if the fans still don't run, you're going to have to try to find a way to isolate between the motherboard, and cpu... either by borrowing one or the other.
Power supplies are known to fail, and seeing as your machine is several years old, it's possible it did. You have to know this though, that every time you power up the computer with a possible bad power supply, you take the chance of spiking something enough to kill it. If it were my computer, the first thing I would try is a new power supply.
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