Computer shuts down on first startup.

June 8, 2011 at 07:27:33
Specs: Windows XP, Quad-Core/1mb
My PC computer with XP Pro shuts down on first startup in the morning. I get it started with a system restore to a previous time when it ran. Once the machine is warm, it starts fine the rest of the day. I have disconnected all peripheral devices, like printers, scanner, etc., to no avail.

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June 8, 2011 at 07:49:38
I doubt that using system restore has anything to do with you being able to eventually boot.

Have you looked in Device Manager to see if there is any hardware not working properly?

Unplug the computer and then open the case. Re-seat all the wiring, expansion cards and memory. For the memory modules snap each one in and out four or five times.

Inspect the capacitors for bulging or leaking. The link below shows examples of bad caps.

Check for dirt/dust inside the case. If the CPU fan is not rotating fast enough the computer sill shut down.

Blow out using canned or compressed air. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner. This will be messy so you may want to move the case. Be sure to blow out the power supply from both ends too.

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June 8, 2011 at 20:03:59
I bought some compressed air and will try it. I live in a place where dust is a problem. Thanks for the help.

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