Computer Shuts Down or Wont Boot

July 5, 2010 at 13:30:19
Specs: Windows 7, 80 MB??

I retrieved this desktop computer from my
brother and he took the HD out and I put mine
in from my old Gateway 433c PC. I
reformatted it through Windows 7 and installed
Windows. My computer runs great because I
have 2GB of RAM and an AMD Athlon 64
processor 3800+. But the problems I am
having mainly when I run a video through the
internet like YouTube, or running SecondLife
(an online virtual world) program, or run a program to burn a CD or DVD. The computer starts getting loud and then after 3 or 4 mins it
shuts down. Most of the time it starts back up
fine, but on occasion it will have a problem
loading the OS and tell me I have to run
Startup Repair, but even sometimes when I try
to run that, it wont load, it will just bring the
same page that asks me to do Startup Repair
or Start Windows Normally. So then I end up
having to redo my computer again.

I have changed some settings through CMOS,
but just recently I set it to Fail-Safe Defaults.

Another problem is when I have my computer
shut down for a long period of time, I start it up
and when it starts to load the desktop, it
brings up the blue Windows crashed screen
then restarts my computer.

I'm running out of options of what i could do to
fix this problem. I'm not sure if its the HD,
PSU, CPU... I wouldn't think it would be a
problem with the graphics card considering it's
built-in.

If someone could help me with this problem it
would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! :)


See More: Computer Shuts Down or Wont Boot

Report •


#1
July 5, 2010 at 20:17:32

Tough situation you have because it still could be a lot of
things.

I think the best thing to do first is to test your memory and
your hard drive. To do this, the best way is to download and
burn two discs:

1. Memtest86+. This is a free download that will test you
system's memory (and motherboard, partially). Download the
ISO file and burn it with ImgBurn.
- Download Memtest - http://www.memtest.org/
- Download ImgBurn - http://www.imgburn.com/

2. The hard drive testing tool from your hard drive
manufacturer. Most manufacturers put out their own tools
which you can download and burn in an ISO just like you did
with MemTest86+. If you identify the manufacturer, I can help
you find the test program.

Use these tools and test your hardware. Either you'll find the
answer to the problem, or at least you'll be able to scratch a
few possibilities off the list.

Note that MemTest86+ and most hard drive test tools are
available on Hiren's Boot CD, which you can download as an
ISO and burn with ImgBurn -
http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd


Report •

#2
July 6, 2010 at 03:29:50

after following the advice above, make sure your cpu and cooler are correctly seated, may need some new thermal paste, blow off all dust with an air can and vacuum while unplugged.
try an extra 1- 2 gigs of memory, as it seems to have issues when working hard cooling and not enough memory are good candidates for these issues.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


Report •

Related Solutions


Ask Question