My computer turns off by itself, for no reaso

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July 13, 2010 at 16:17:46
Specs: Windows Vista, Cpu
Recently, my computer would turn off by itself. At first, it was after a while, but now when we turn it on, it doesnt even get to the start menu and turns off. the screen only says no signal, and when we turn it on it doesnt beep. I dont know what the problem is, what do I do?

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July 13, 2010 at 16:54:37
Someone help ! :(

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July 13, 2010 at 21:43:36
Don't be so impatient. We who answer frequently on this site are all volunteering to do that when we have the time to spare.

Usually having no video is merely a symptom, and there's nothing wrong with your video adapter or monitor - something else is wrong.

There are several common things that cause a desktop computer to not boot.

Number one for emachines desktop computers is the power supply is failing ir is dead.

Another cause is someone installed ram that is not compatible with using it in the mboard - in the worst cases, the mboard will not boot when that ram is installed, and may not even beep.

Much less likely, but it is sometimes seen with mboards in emachines systems, is the electrolytic capacitors on the mboard are failing or have failed.

"Product: Emachines "

emachines desktop computers are well known to have el-cheapo power supplies that tend to fail more often than average, and when the power supply fails completely, they are a lot more likely than average to damage something else, often the mboard.

If you have not been fiddling inside the computer case just before this happened and have not just changed the ram installed in it, it is very likely that if you replace the power supply BEFORE it fails completely, doing that will restore your system to working again.

Unplug the cord to the computer, or otherwise switch off the AC power to it, open up the computer case, and find the label on the power supply - if the brand is BESTEC I advise you, if you find ANY indication the power supply might be in the process of failing, DO NOT trying booting the computer anymore - if the PS fails completely there is a strong likelyhood it will trash your mboard !!!!

Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
They often partially work, fans and hard drives may spin, leds may come on, yet you may get no video and the mboard will not boot all the way.
Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:

DO NOT replace the power supply with another BESTEC one!
In most cases you can replace it with a standard sized standard ATX power supply.

Standard (PS/2) power supply size - 86mm high, 150mm wide, 140mm deep, or 3 3/8" h x 5 7/8" w x 5 1/2" d , or very close to that, though the depth can be more or less for some PSs.

Don't buy an el-cheapo PS.
See response 3 in this:

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should get.


Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.

Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .

This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:

What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.

Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, Athlon cpu's, etc.:

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