Shutting down during boot up.

August 26, 2010 at 22:48:40
Specs: Windows XP, AMD X2 3.0 Ghz/4 Gb
I have a desktop that I built from a bare bones kit a few months ago. It was working perfect until about a week ago it would shut down during boot up every now and then, gradually it got to the point where it shuts down EVERY TIME it is booting up. It does boot up in safe mode, however. Here is a list of the things I tried to do.

0) performed a system restore
1) Took out the power supply and replaced with one from another functioning computer.
2) Took out the video card and used the onboard video card.
3) Tried using 1 stick of ram at a time, the used ram from another computer.
4) replaced the hard drive and installed a new XP OS (used a new cd since I lose the original).
5) cleaned the heat sink (didn't have much dust on it)
6) Pulled out some of my hair and wore my lucky shoes.

It still gets to the point where it shows the XP logo and is loading the OS and then the power instantaneously shuts down. In safe mode, it starts up fine. Is it a bios problem? I don't know how a bios problem waits 3 months to surface. Is the motherboard messed up somehow?

Something else just popped into my head, I recently moved to a new apartment (about 2 weeks ago) could the power outlets be weak?

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August 27, 2010 at 01:09:17
Did it start ok immediately after you reinstalled the OS? but before installing the missing drivers? I'd have thought that if it starts in safe mode then there's a good chance it's a driver problem, so start it in safe mode and use msconfig to disable everything on the startup tab and re-enable one by one, reboot each time until the system fails again - the last one to be enabled is the culprit.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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August 27, 2010 at 11:04:32
Thanks for the quick reply. I Just tried doing that, still no luck. The first few times I started the computer it was on for about 10 seconds before immediately turning off. Then it went back to it's original way of turning off while loading windows. Does this make you guys lean more to believing it's a hardware problem?

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August 27, 2010 at 11:06:08
Sorry, I didn't know how to edit my post. By "on for ten seconds' I mean the lights were on and it was at the screen just before it does a hardware check. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

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