pld5000g June 11, 2014 at 05:41:42 Specs: Windows XP
I have an MSI mboard with Phoenix-Award BIOS V6.00PG and Celeron CPU 2.53 GHZ. My computer sometimes will stay on for days when not in use but will shut down shortly after using video, downloading a file, running a malware scanner, or going into setup. It shuts down faster when in setup and will not finish a memory checker program. The only error I get is "Floppy Drive not Detected (40)", but it does not have a slot on the board for one and starts up every time if I press "F1". Is this simply a bad power supply?
Have you checked the temperatures? I suggest you install HWMonitor from the link below to monitor both the temperatures and the key voltages. Bad voltage readings can be an indication of a failing power supply. High temperatures are usually related to dirt/dust inside the case and power supply.
Blow out the insides of your case and power supply using canned or compressed air. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner as it can damage components due the ESD.
Are you sure you don't have a floppy drive pinout on the motherboard? I guess it's possible MSI went the cheap route on some versions of that board and didn't include it. The bios version should take that into account though. But you should be able to turn off the floppy-detect feature in cmos/bios setup.
When cleaning the dust out be sure to check the video card too.
I can recommend dust cleaning the cabinet interior. But how about checking out the performance settings in the system properties? I had an experience a short while ago with my computer freezing during Battle for Middle-Earth and video watching, until I updated my videocard AND adjusted my page pool memory (in advanced properties of My Computer) to a larger size. Then it stopped.
Might be worth trying a memory test on a bootable disk. If it fails then it is definitely hardware. Also try cleaning the RAM edge connectors with a pencil eraser, then pop the sticks in and out a few times to ensure there is no oxide in the socket.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks
Thank you for your quick replies. I cleaned out the case with compressed air. I noticed some dust was not coming out in the cpu area so I took it apart and cleaned out a lot of packed-in dirt. I also looked closer at the board and I did find pins for the floppy drive. After trying a couple of drives, one worked and it cleared the start-up messages. Also, so far I have had no problems with random shut downs! Thanks a lot for your help, it helped me focus harder on the right areas to get a fix. I highly recommend this site. Thanks again.
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