HP e_pc S10

September 23, 2010 at 01:02:49
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 3 250megs
Runs for approx 2 hours, then shuts down completely.
If I disconnect the power supply and reconnect straight away it will boot up again, but only for around 5 minutes, If I leave it over night, I get two hours again in the morning.
Everthing appears to run cool...no hot spots.
Upgraded to 80gbs HD
Windows XP home SP3
250 Megs of memory
CPU = Pentium 3, 800 speed
All the capacitors in the power section and the CPU section have been tested...all OK for capacity and leakage.
I can't think of anything elase apart from the the CPU it's self.
Any ideas ?
Rgds Bob.

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September 23, 2010 at 17:30:22
Yes, it sounds like it's overheating. You may not be able to feel it on the outside of the case, but the symptoms point towards an overheating problem.

Have it checked by a shop before you do some real damage.

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September 23, 2010 at 22:04:15
Thanks Bernard.
We are an electronic maintenance company, that's how we knew that the capacitors were all OK.
I was hoping to find someone that had experienced this problem and maybe knew which component was the likely cause.
I am running it on the bench..opened up, hoping that I could feel around for a heating up device, it appears that the 5 volt line goes low at the point of shutdown.
Thanks for your reply.


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