my computer won't stay on.

May 16, 2009 at 11:19:35
Specs: Windows XP

Every time I turn on mycomputer it starts up and then turns off. Sometimes it stays on for 30 seconds, sometimes for 5 minutes. At first I thought it might have a virus, so I started doing a complete system restore. Now, I can't even geet all the way through that and it shuts down. The computer is older. It is a hp pavilion 563w. The only change I have ever made to it was adding an ethernet card. Thanks for the help.

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May 16, 2009 at 11:28:00

Sounds like it's overheating. Open the case, check the fans & blow out all the dust.

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May 16, 2009 at 11:33:22

that was the first thing I did.

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May 16, 2009 at 11:52:50

You could have stated that in your post. Did you check the temp reading in the BIOS?

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May 17, 2009 at 13:03:18

Sorry, how do you check the temp reading? Just another thing I noticed, when it shuts down, something is still running. It is not the fans. I have the side panel off and can hear it, I just don't see anything moving.

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