pc closes down like someone pulled the plug

May 3, 2012 at 07:53:06
Specs: Windows XP Pro, AMD Athlon 64x2 4600
I have been running XP with 3GB ram not matched, all drivers are up to date first came to notice running Fallout 3 but has occurred without game running sometimes just getting pass boot up. The power supply was lame, this has now been beefed to 750W, chip was re-pasted up could this still be heat issues? Any issues with the registration cleared up with software. The main board was intended for XP 64 but there was no gaming software available to my needs

Sometimes the machine will boot up when turned on at other times I have to wait hours

Hoping that you can point the way, I have no knowledge of building machines or how to fix them


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May 3, 2012 at 10:37:17
"The power supply was lame"

How so? What was the make/model/wattage & amperage specs?

"this has now been beefed to 750W"

And how do we know that it's an improvement if we don't know the make/model/wattage & amperage specs of either PSU? A decent 750W PSU should have cost you at least $75 before rebates. Did you pay that much?

"chip was re-pasted up could this still be heat issues"

Why was the chip "re-pasted up"? Since you have an AMD CPU, you should have used the "middle dot" method. If it was done any differently, the CPU will run hot & possibly overheat, causing the system to shutdown.

Remove the heatsink from the CPU. Clean off ALL the paste from the top of the CPU & bottom of the heatsink, then place a tiny dab in the center of the CPU. Do NOT spread it around. Just set the heatsink on it & lock it in place.




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May 5, 2012 at 15:34:53
Many thanks the reason why I thought it was lame was it was 350W but can not remember the make but thought that this might under sized and the cause of the problem. The new power supply was rather expensive. I'm not sure how this was done but I will investigate

thank you

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