computer sort of shuts down

Dell / GX280
January 2, 2009 at 13:14:25
Specs: Windows XP Home, Intel Pentium 4 1gb ram DDR2

I have got this Dell Optiplex GX280 of a mate who's dad works at phillips. It worked fine originally but then after a while it shut off. Now you see this isn't shutting down, the display turns off and when the case speaker is enabled i just get a lot of crackling.

The HDD LED Activity light shows that the HDD is still functioning and everything inside is fine nothing smells of burning, or anything. The logs on both bios and windows show nothing significant apart from a Keyboard Failiure at boot. I have tried many things.

It will sometimes boot up fine and stay on and working perfectly for hours but then others it will not work at all or work for 10 mins and then stop. Totally random intervals. I used to be able to get into safe mode on the computer but that doesnt work anymore, but when i did that it never crashed.

I am thinking possibly the CMOS Battery but it is unlikley seeing as there are no erros in the boot logs.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as i have been tearing my hair out for weeks over X-mas about this and every time i think i have solved this it stops working again.

Many Thanks


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January 2, 2009 at 13:20:39
So all you're actually losing is the display? What color is the monitor light? Have you tried another video card?

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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January 2, 2009 at 13:39:56

The monitor display light is orange but if it was just video it was losing then the speaker wouldnt go all crackly and the keyboard doesnt work sit it doesnt respond do shutdowns commands

Thanks for the quick reply

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