Hello, first off thanks for any help you can provide in advance. I have a HP Pavilon 752n (01/02) that I use as a gaming server on my home network. A few days ago, after 5 months of use, my server went into what appears to be standby/hibernation mode on its own. I have double checked the settings and the enable hibernation mode is not active. At first I thought I had been hacked since stupid me never put a password on the bios. When I tried to get into the bios I found I was unable to do so using the F1 key. I reloaded the operating system in an attempt to start fresh, enter the bios, and correct any obvious problem. I was unable to access the system setup screen but the server worked for 7 hours before it went into standby/hibernation mode again. I took out the battery on the motherboard to clear the bios settings and try to get in it that way. While the cover was off, I noticed that there was a crusty substance on some transistors (bout 6) near the heat sink. I wiped them off and placed the battery back into the MB. I restarted the computer and tried F1 to enter setup. I might add that I cannot get into setup unless the battery is removed first. After a few tries I got in and made some minor changes including a tough 8 digit password. I saved changes and restarted the machine. At first the machine would run fine for an hour or so but it has begun to hibernate/standby sooner to the point it turns off when either I switch computers via a KVM switch or when the computer idles after using it. The mouse and keyboard will not bring it out of that mode so I must power off and restart then the same vicious cycle repeats itself. The computer will go into safe mode but in reg mode it goes into standby. I am not sure what the problem is. Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated since I am lost at this point.
Not sure if I have a hardware problem or if the bios is bad, can you help?