| Hey guys I have been having a problem with my computer randomly shutting down without any warning for several weeks now. At first I just dealt with it because it was only once every couple days or so, but now it seems to shut down 5-6 times a day. I don't know much about the inside if a computer, but I did some research and started out with a good cleaning. I got a couple cans of duster and I cleaned everything out real good. I took out the video card and all 4 sticks of RAM to clean it all out, and then "re-seated" the RAM. Problem still occurred so I decided to run a memory test. Ran the windows memory diagnostic and this came back all good as well. From what I can figure out I have either a bad power supply or a bad motherboard. I heard it is much more likely to be the power supply, and I have made several hardware upgrades and still have the 5 year old 300 watt power supply so I figured that's probably my problem. |
I went out and picked up a 600GS corsair gaming PSU and hooked it up. It is much different than my old PSU, but I was pretty sure it was all hooked up correctly. Anyways, I hooked up all the cables powered it on and it goes to the windows loading screen and then shuts down. I tried switching cables every which way, tried using both molex like my old PSU had for the video card, and the new 6 pin PCI-E with the new PSU. Nothing seemed to work. I had some homework I needed to do so I threw the old PSU back in and it booted right up. After my homework I once again tried to hook up the corsair to no avail. I tried every possible combo I could and still nothing.
I woke up today and decided that maybe it wasn't compatible with my motherboard so I went and exchanged it for a different one. I brought home this one now which is a Thermaltake TR2 600W and hooked this up the same way, and once again gets to the windows screen and shuts down. I asked the Geeksquad guy at Best Buy and he told me to try a lower watt PSU, but from what I have read on here that should not matter. If anyone has any ideas please let me know. I am not a genius when it comes to computers, but I can get around them a little bit so I am willing to try.
Just to be safe I will explain how I hooked up the new PSU's as well cause maybe that is what is wrong with it. This was the first time I tried to install a PSU, but I have installed almost everything else so I figured I would give it a go. Both the corsair and TR2 had a 8 pin that broke down into a 4 pin, which is what I need so I plugged that in. I then plugged in the main 24 pin motherboard connector and the video card. I used both the 4 slot molex and the 6 slot PCI-E in the video card and nothing mattered. I hooked up a SATA into both my HDD and DVD-RW as well. I also tried with only the HDD hooked up and this didn't matter. My mother board also has two smaller red cables that hook up to both the HDD and DVD-RW right next to the SATA cables. I hooked these both up where they were originally, and also tried it without them, but if they are not plugged in I get a disk read error and the computer doesn't boot at all. Please any help would be greatly appreciated!