My computer shutdown on start-up

October 26, 2010 at 01:10:50
Specs: Windows XP, intel
Last night I properly shutdown my computer with my USB attached to it. Then this morning I turn it on but when the windows start-up there is a warning message box but I can't read it because the computer shuts down in 5 seconds upon starts up. My computer is just a year old and 512 RAM. I don't know how to fix it. Is it a hardware problems?or virus or something? please help me. Thank you

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#1
October 26, 2010 at 09:03:44
Most likely what this is is your processor is overheating. Likely causes are a bad heat sink fan or just the need to remove the fan, remove the old heat sink compound from the fan and where the fan meets the processor and re-apply some new compound before reinstalling the fan.

Fairly simple repair for a qualified person to do. You can get heat sink compound at Radio Shack. If you re-apply it and the problem still persists or if you open the case and boot up and the fan doesn't turn you need a new fan (you can match it up using the numbers on it and get online or possibly locally).


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#2
October 26, 2010 at 12:33:47
I can't believe response #1, that is pretty much overkill, especially on a PC just over a year old...makes no sense to me...I could see if it was 3 yrs or older...oh well.

ding, what happens if you tap f8 on bootup and try to get into safe mode? Does it boot up?

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#3
October 27, 2010 at 09:18:06
XPU, it is not overkill. I have replaced many fans under warranty in the first year. A computer that shuts down just after start up is often having problems with the heat sink.

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October 27, 2010 at 11:03:26
Sorry, I never work on PC's before the warranty is ended. I just found that very abrupt for info, especially if the Poster has no maintenance skills...my apologies.

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