Solved Why does my computer shut off randomly all of the sudden

August 30, 2015 at 15:47:05
Specs: Windows 10
So I've had my computer for going on 5 years now and it has always worked fine. Just in the past year I have started to have some issues.

It likes to just shut off randomly. Sometimes it bluescreens and sometimes it just powers down like there has been a power outage.

I have not changed anything recently, except peripherals, and updates to the OS (I started with XP and have updated with every new windows OS)

I am running windows 10 now.


See More: Why does my computer shut off randomly all of the sudden

Report •


✔ Best Answer
August 31, 2015 at 00:43:04
Did you have a look inside the case? Any dust build-up?
Does the CPU fan spin maximum? Any idea on temperatures?

5 years without any problems is a good track record. As with all electronics, nothing last forever.



#1
August 30, 2015 at 16:07:52
Is this a laptop or desktop/tower system?

Regardless - basic items to check:

Cooling - are "all" fans operating properly - not the least the cpu fan?

Are all airways clear (especially critical on a laptop); blow them out with a can of compressed air?

If a laptop - is the problem present be it running on battery and/or mains?


Report •

#2
August 30, 2015 at 19:31:58
It's a desktop. And all the fans are working fine. It is an old tower. Like... early 2000's. So maybe I just need a better one. All the components are pretty new though.

Report •

#3
August 30, 2015 at 23:41:21
Are you using the same motherboard you started off with? I'm kind of suprised you were able to go from XP to 10 with no apparent problems. Or have you checked in device manager to make sure there are no driver problems?

Probably a good idea also to make sure the cpu fan/heatsink assembly is free of dust and you might want to remove it and reapply a dab of heatsink paste.

Oh, it's also possible your power supply doesn't have the pep it did when it was younger. If it's a wimpy 250 or 300 watt--common back then--you may want to get something bigger.

message edited by DAVEINCAPS


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
August 31, 2015 at 00:43:04
✔ Best Answer
Did you have a look inside the case? Any dust build-up?
Does the CPU fan spin maximum? Any idea on temperatures?

5 years without any problems is a good track record. As with all electronics, nothing last forever.


Report •

#5
August 31, 2015 at 05:21:06
It is the same motherboard. The only new piece of hardware is a new graphics card, everything else is original from when I built themachine.

I reapplied the heat sync and did a complete clean inside the case about a week ago. The power suply is a 750 watt. So it's not that. Also. All of the fans are running.

Maybe it's just time for a new machine...


Report •

#6
August 31, 2015 at 05:50:38
Was the old graphic card faulty?
Does the blue screen list any drivers? (could also check the administrative event log)
Possible the graphic driver is causing problems.

Report •

#7
August 31, 2015 at 06:15:30
All the drivers are 100%. I'm pretty sure that it's not a software issue.

Report •

#8
September 7, 2015 at 16:58:56
Check the capacitors on the motherboard. If any look 'puffy' or have dried residue on top indicating leakage that might be the problem. I've noticed it mostly with the capacitors nearest the cpu.

I've also heard a few complaints about random shutoffs after windows 10 upgrades. I don't think anyone has come up with a cause or solution.


Report •

Ask Question