win 98 shut off comp w/out shutting down
Posted 24 August 2005 - 04:02 AM
Posted 24 August 2005 - 01:07 PM
Random shutdowns can be caused by quite a few things...Bad Power Supply, Malfunctioning Fans, Dust and Debris in the CPU Heatsink, HEAT...etc...it's not always a software issue.
It might be a good idea to start with a good cleaning.
1) Power off and unplug your machine...then pop the cover off and make sure that:
2) All fans (CPU fan, PSU fan, and any case fans you might have) are powering up and spinning. (You'll have to plug it in and turn it on for this check...remember to power down and unplug before cleaning)
3) The CPU heatsink fins are free of dust, etc...
4) The PSU is not "full of dust".
Use compressed air (cans of this are available at most office supply stores) to clean everything up in there...Please be careful and be sure to ground yourself to the machine's metal frame either by touching it with your free hand or by using a static strap attached to your wrist and the chassis. Static electricity can damage delicate components.
Run the machine up and see if the shutdowns are still happening.
Posted 26 August 2005 - 04:03 PM
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