Machine dies - quicker and quicker

July 13, 2009 at 17:57:58
Specs: Windows XP, 384
I purchased a used Dell GX260 with XP Pro several months ago. I upgraded it to SP2 and 3.
I have 2 possibly unrelated problems: Hardware first.
After booting up to Windows it will run for, say 5 minutes and then just power off. When I try to repower, the time before it dies gets shorted and shorter.
After unpluging and waiting for some time the cycle will repeat. I was not able to get it to stay up long enough to generate the system scan.

Second problem: Software - Windows Genuwine Advantage says the copy of Windows is no good. Says it was reported lost of stolen. I can take care of that but can the problems be related?

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#1
July 13, 2009 at 18:18:59
"After booting up to Windows it will run for, say 5 minutes and then just power off.

Likely a heat-related issue (or weak power supply). Check to make sure the CPU fan is in place and working properly. Clean out the inside of the machine (don't use a standard vacuum, see link below). Re-seat any cards/RAM modules that may have worked loose.

"Windows Genuwine Advantage says the copy of Windows is no good. Says it was reported lost of stolen. I can take care of that but can the problems be related?"

Not likely...


http://www.ehow.com/how_2215301_cle...


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#2
July 13, 2009 at 19:00:15
I had already reseated the memory. All the fans work.
The machine feels cool.

How do I go about testing the powersupply? Dell had 'funny' pinouts so I suspect I can't swap one out of my other machine.

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#3
July 13, 2009 at 19:06:14
HDD with bad sectors in System area can produce similar results.

First suspect, Heat.

The WGA could also be a result of bad sectors. M$ doesn't care why, they just want Validation Data upon request. If it's missing or corrupted by bad sectors, it's all the same toM$

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#4
July 14, 2009 at 02:54:02
Hardware problem? or virus?

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#5
July 14, 2009 at 08:39:16
I have swapped the HDD for the same drive from another GX260.

The machine boots, loads Windows, and after a few (5 this last time) minutes I hear a 'click' and then it is gone - screen black-power off (altho the yellow power light inside is still on).

MB?
PS?


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