My computer shuts down by itself

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
November 20, 2009 at 22:48:18
Specs: Windows XP
My computer worked fine, but recently it always shuts itself down and restarts it automatically, this happens again and again.

May I have any idea about what to do?

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November 21, 2009 at 00:03:25
Rightclick "My Computer"
Select Properties> Advanced> Startup & Recovery Settings
Under the System Failure heading untick "Automatically Restart"
Save & exit

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December 3, 2009 at 05:53:58
Maybe is ur fan not function well....full of dust

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December 3, 2009 at 09:40:50
What Dummy is onto is that the computer has a max temp that upon reaching will shut the system down. However, that should shut the system down, not reboot it. But it's not a bad thing to check though, cooling is important and if the fans are full of dust that will isolate the heat and keep out the cooling.

I'd guess you've got a virus or bad system file(s). Maybe even malfunctioning hardware, hard to tell without seeing the problem up front, but something like 80% of all these types of errors usually is the operating system gone corrupt in some way, or the memory or harddrive being faulty.

The fastest way to troubleshoot this would be to either read the dump file to look for clues, or take a chance and reinstall windows if you're not too attached to your computers current state. If it keeps restarting after a reinstall you'd be certain you have a hardware issue. In that case run a mem test and harddrive read/write test.

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December 3, 2009 at 13:10:08
I would look into power supply issues. If the system is older, or you've added more gadgets to your system, the power supply may be failing or not big enough

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December 8, 2009 at 08:41:28
How old is your motherboard?
Is this an intermittent problem?

The symptoms suggest that it could be a motherboard that is sufferring from leaking / bulging capacitors. Motherboards that fail this way exhibit the kind of symptoms you are reporting.

Google for leaking / bulging capacitors and you will find more information on the subject.

You can visually check your motherboard in order to dismiss this as being the problem.

Similarly power supplies can also suffer similar problems. If your motherboard shows no visual signs of leaking / bulging capacitors then you may want to try a different PSU if you have access to one to discount it from being that.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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