shuts off after 15 or 20 minutes

Gateway 505gr desktop
October 10, 2009 at 08:20:02
Specs: Windows XP home edition, 2.6 mgz celeron, 512MB Ram
i can buy a gateway 505GR for 55$, but it shuts off after 15 or 20 min. could this be a major problem or a minor one? I'd also like to know if it's worth 55$ and if gateway ever installed a 3.6GHz processor into a 505GR thank you

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October 10, 2009 at 08:23:42
it's suppose to have a 3.6 p4 hyperthread processor and 1 GB of memory in it, i haven't seen it yet to check it out thank you

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October 10, 2009 at 10:21:01
A bit outdated but for $55, it's not a bad deal. More than likely the CPU is overheating & forcing the shutdown. Check for a dust clogged heatsink or possibly a defective CPU cooling fan.

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October 10, 2009 at 18:38:21
so the problem with the 505GR could be minor if it's only got a bunch of dust clogging up the heatsink, right? can anyone else think of any other reason that it would shut off after 15 or 20 minutes besides that? and also did gateway ever put a 3.6GHz P4 in the 505GR that you know of? thank you

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October 11, 2009 at 14:07:52
Ask the seller if you can open the case & have a look inside...that's the only way to know if a dust clogged heatsink is the problem. Another possibility is a weak or overheating power supply.

As for the CPU, the link shows a P4 3.0GHz/800MHz CPU with HT. The 3.6GHz *may* have been an optional upgrade but if you want to know for sure, boot the system & check what's listed on the POST screen. It's hidden behind the Gateway splash screen so you'll have to press ESC key to close that screen & reveal the hidden screen. Or you can just wait to boot into Windows, the right click on My Computer, then click Properties.

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October 11, 2009 at 18:54:00
What are your plans for this computer? If you are planning on this being some major gaming computer I'd move on and leave it alone. Just for browsing the net and the such $55 aint bad even if you do need a new PSU but I am of the same opinion as jam in thinking it is most likely over heating a bit. There is a fail safe that will shut it down to keep it from doing any damage if it is overheating or the cpu fan doesn't spin high enough. I've seen about a dozen failed psu's and have not seen one yet that allowed the system to run normal for a short time. That is not to say that it won't happen.

I'd check out the specks the seller has given you if it is what that person says it is I would by it. If anything just to tinker with.


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