Auto shutdown and cannot boot till next day

December 12, 2010 at 18:11:46
Specs: Windows XP, Dell/1G
My brother's computer will automatically shut down after around 1 hour of computer usage and will not be able to boot till the next day.If he tries to boot it,the computer will beep a few times.Please help?(I am still young,(around 10)so if you ask me to do something please explain it simplified.)Thanks in advance!

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December 12, 2010 at 18:19:24
Is this you parents putting a time lock on the computer to stop you playing games all night?

If this is the case there is little you can do about it.


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December 12, 2010 at 21:00:39
If your parent(s) has(have) not enabled a time lock...

If the cpu - processor - is overheating, the computer will work fine for a while after it has had a chance to cool to room temperature, then when the cpu gets too hot the motherboard's bios will shut off the motherboard, and the computer will not start up again normally until the cpu has cooled off to below some temperature,

If this is happening on a desktop or tower computer, then the problem is probably caused by too much dust and lint on the cpu fan and cpu heat sink inside the computer case.
You should get an adult to do this:
- unplug the computer
- remove the left side panel as seen from the front of the tower
- look at the cpu fan and heat sink
- remove any dust and lint on the cpu fan and heat sink, but DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner - e.g. use smal artist's paint brushes, small paint brushes, or you can buy canned air or gas meant to be used for this purpose at places that sell computer parts

If this is happening with a laptop or netbook - don't get anything in the way of the holes in the bottom of the case that let the air in and out - e.g. don't use it in bed, or on your lap, unless you have it on something flat such as a TV tray or a metal cooking tray like you bake cookies on in an oven..

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December 13, 2010 at 20:10:32
So,you mean the problem is probably lays with the computer fan?(My brother uses a PC)

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December 13, 2010 at 22:32:18
PC merely means Personal Computer.
A PC can be a desktop or a laptop or a netbook computer.

The most common reason the cpu overheats on a desktop computer is there is too much accumulated dust and lint on the cpu fan and on the heat sink the cpu fan cools.
Usually when you clean the dust and lint off of those, the cpu fan is spinning fine and will then cool the heat sink and the cpu fine.

However, the overheating problem can also be caused by the bearings in the cpu fan's motor being in bad shape such that the fan can no longer spin as fast as it should, or it may not spin at all. If the cpu fan makes rattling or screeching noises, most likely to be noticed when you first start up the computer after it has had a chance to cool down to room temp and the computer has not been used for a while, such as when you first start it in the morning after it has not been used all night, then the cpu fan should be replaced as soon as possible.

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December 17, 2010 at 16:54:23
Thanks.I'm going to wait for my father to come back from China..I did not reply you the past few days as my computer had a blue screen(or blue screen of doom)but i fixed it by uninstalling mozilla O.o..
(nevermind about the explanation)

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