Solved My PC closes on its own

October 26, 2012 at 19:11:13
Specs: Windows XP
My PC shuts down on its own when I watch some blue rays for some odd reasons. I think it did it a few times in the past with normal videos (.avi or .mkv) too but Blue rays shut my pc in like 5-10 mins. If I don't touch videos at all, I can use it for days (by putting on suspension when I sleep) and there's no problems. I seem to lag a bit on some games I play which doesn't lag normally IIRC (don't remember, I just felt like replaying it and it was 2 years old but I don't think it was that slow)... I don't think it's the Power Supply but something's weird... I didn't use to crash with .avi and .mkv in the past


Oh, the way it shut downs is not BSoD or Freeze then Shut down. More like someone pull out the power cord type of thing.


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October 27, 2012 at 16:18:31
Your temps are too high. Have you ever cleaned out the dust buildup from fans & heatsinks?

Use a small paintbrush and a can of compressed air ( Air Duster) to remove the buildup from CPU fan and heatsink and see what speedfan tells you after that is done.

Occasionally the thermal compound between CPU and heatsink deteriorates and if you know what you are doing it can help cooling to refresh the thermal compound.

cleaning out the dust might resolve your situation without needing to disturb the heatsink.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)



#1
October 26, 2012 at 20:54:21
Overheating of either CPU or graphics is the first thing that springs to mind but you have not provided any information on the system other than it runs XP.
Please provide detailed system specs including brand/make/model numbers. Is it an OEM machine such as Dell or HP or is it a custombuilt?

Download Speedfan and install it to check your system temperatures. Is it a laptop or desktop system?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
October 27, 2012 at 05:53:19
Please list your complete system specs in detail, include the PSU specs along with the system & CPU temps.

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#3
October 27, 2012 at 07:02:15
It's a custom built desktop and it was built over 5 years ago and didn't have these problems before. You mean the thing in Control Panel/System/General for specs?

Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU
Q6600 @ 2.40Ghz
2.40GHz, 2.00GB of RAM
Physical Address Extension

Video Card is ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series

It can still be overheat if it shuts down like 10 mins after I opened my pc? oO


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#4
October 27, 2012 at 08:36:53

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#5
October 27, 2012 at 16:18:31
✔ Best Answer
Your temps are too high. Have you ever cleaned out the dust buildup from fans & heatsinks?

Use a small paintbrush and a can of compressed air ( Air Duster) to remove the buildup from CPU fan and heatsink and see what speedfan tells you after that is done.

Occasionally the thermal compound between CPU and heatsink deteriorates and if you know what you are doing it can help cooling to refresh the thermal compound.

cleaning out the dust might resolve your situation without needing to disturb the heatsink.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#6
October 27, 2012 at 19:06:35
not sure, I got this desktop from my brother about a year ago since he built a new one, I'll try cleaning it tomorrow. Thanks for the help!

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#7
October 27, 2012 at 19:40:46
I just took a look at it and it was really dusty...
Now I have to try to figure out how to take out that Intel Fan...
Btw, do I leave the GPU fan at 0% in the Speed Fan thing?

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#8
October 27, 2012 at 20:27:46
Don't worry about the fan settings in speedfan. Only run it when you want to check temps. suspect your situation will improve considerably after cleaning. You do not necessarily need to remove the CPU fan to clean it or the heatsink. Get an airduster and a small brush.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#9
October 28, 2012 at 07:41:18
I accidentally broke the pins type of thing on my heatsink (those that make it not move) and changed it for another one from an old computer and the temperatures are better but GPU is still at 53 or so, is that normal or should I do something about it?

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#10
October 29, 2012 at 03:22:53
If that is for a plug-in graphics card then 53 DegC is perfectly ok
It is not uncommon for a GPU to hit temps in the 90s under heavy gaming load.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#11
October 29, 2012 at 07:50:29
Okay, thanks.
It stopped crashing when watching blue rays yesterday, thanks a lot

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