|I really need some help with this. My computer is 3 years old, and I run it 24/7. |
In all that time I've never had a problem like this. It's done it twice, first time a week ago, second time was last night. I'm using it as normal and it shuts off, no error, no warning, just gone as if the power cable was pulled. Then it tries to turn itself back on, working for about a second, then giving up. After a bit it tries again, fails, and continues in the loop until the power cable IS pulled out, interrupting it.
I leave it alone for a while, about 8-12 hours usually, and when I come back, try turning it on again, it fails once or twice, then succeeds. On the way back in when turning on, it gives the American Megatrends Overclocking Failed error, which research has told me doesn't actually have anything to do with overclocking (I've never overclocked anything in my life)
More details about what it's like trying to turn on:
The green power light comes on, amber flashes once, the fans, and everything spins up, then it shuts off and starts spinning down. When it finishes spinning down is when it tries again.
Sometimes it takes about half a second to die, other times it goes for almost 2 seconds, and the CD drive flashes.
Other Info: When I first got the computer I thought it had heating issues, (turns out it didn't and PC Probe just had it's alarm threshold set really low) but I always keep a close eye on the temps anyways, and it wasn't overheating when it dies. I've opened the case, dusted, (it had a lot, but I've seen more with no problems)
Oh something else to note, it dies so fast it can give no messages at all, never reaches the first splash screen while turning on, no BIOS beeps, nothing just spin up, spin down.
The company it was built by went out of business a while ago, so I don't think I can find anyone who will service it without charging a ridiculous amount
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional
CPU/Ram: 1.866 GHz / 2047 MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GS
Sound Card: Creative EMU10K1 Audio Processor (WDM)
Mother Board: ASUS P5B
Intel Core 2 CPU