|First of all, thanks for any help that anyone can lend...|
I have a PC running XP SP3 that has been fine for years. Yesterday, I got the XP Security 2012 "Virus" on the PC. I never started the actual removal portion of it as I knew what it was. So I was going to reboot the machine to safe mode to try and fix. Once into safe mode, about 2 -3 minutes later, the machine shut down. It didnt power off as the power light on the machine is still on and you can hear the fans running but the actual OS and PC Processes dropped.
Thinking this was due to that same virus, I booted the PC directly to a Linux pre-OS virus scan tool I use to then remove the viruses. I allowed the software to load from CD and walked away. When I came back in 5 minutes later, the same shutdown issue happened again. So I knew it wasnt the OS.
I then booted the PC up and just into the BIOS screen to see what would happen. About 2 - 3 minutes later, it dropped again...
I also need to mention ( not sure if this is part of it or not) that I believe my CMOS battery is bad as every time I completely unplug the system, I have to reset the Date / Time / Sequence of Drive booting and then its fine.
I have also tried the following:
1. Unplugged the computer and booted
2. Unplugged the computer, shut off hte power supply, turn it back on, plug back in and then reboot.
3. Clean out the inside with canned air of any dust or other blockages
4. Removed All External USB devices (I have 3 External HDD attached)
Nothing seems to fix it. Is my MB shot? Should I Just get a new computer? If so, can anyone recommend a decent desktop that I only need to:
1. Install my WinTV capture card in (PCI-E)
2. Be able to capture and author video to DVD
3. Download a lot of information
Those are really the only three things I used it for...