Desktop shuts down after a couple of minutes

Hewlett-packard Pavilion a1410n media ce...
November 22, 2010 at 07:00:27
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB
Hi My Desktop keeps shutting down on its own after a couple of minutes. I took it to two computer repair places and they told me it is the motherboard but I wanted to get a third opinion from you guys. Here are the specs:

Desktop comes with Windows XP, 200GB Hard drive, 1GB Memory
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4 GHz processor
GeForce 6150 LE; Socket 939 Asus motherboard
200GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
1GB PC-3200 184-pin DDR SDRAM; expandable up to 4GB
16x DVD+/-R/RW and +/-R DL LightScribe drive

I have done the system restore thinking that it might have been a virus but it keeps doing it. Please help.

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November 22, 2010 at 07:09:16
The most common cause of shutdown after a system has been runnig a few minutes is overheating.

Your motherboard BIOS has some settings that force shutdown at a set temperature.

I suggest you download, install and run CPUID. That free program can be accessed in real time to see if overheating is the issue.

Have either of the repair places opened your case and looked inside?

Get CPUID at the link below. Get the hardware monitor.

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November 22, 2010 at 07:47:25
Ok I just hooked it back up and tried turning it on. It was ok for a couple of minutes. Then I tried to establish the internet connection and it asked for a restart, so i restarted. Once it started up again the fan was working like crazy and after a couple of minutes it shutdown. Now every time I turn it on the fan comes on right away and does not stop. Then it shutsdown after like 30 seconds 1 minute max

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November 22, 2010 at 14:52:56
So then open the case up and see if the innards are full of dust/dirt. Blow out using a compressor or canned compressed air from an office supply. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner on your computer.

Be sure to blow out the power supply from both ends. This will be messy. You may want to move the tower somewhere else.

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