Computer keeps turning off - what needs to be replaced?
August 11, 2011 6:39 PM Subscribe
Please help me identify which part in my desktop computer needs replacing! It keeps shutting itself off.
posted by lilgoyl to computers & internet (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few days ago, my WinXP computer started shutting itself down. I didn't see anything in the event logs that clearly indicated a culprit.
Today, I came home and my computer was off. I keep trying to reboot it, and it will stay on for no more than a minute. I have yet to have it stay on long enough to even see the WinXP boot screen.
I suspected an overheating CPU, so I went into BIOS, monitored CPU temp at ~ 42C. The computer was in BIOS for about a minute and then shut itself down, so clearly some piece of hardware is failing, right?
I just don't know where to go from here!
Is this indicative of a motherboard failure? I see no bulging capacitors.
What tests can I do to identify the problematic hardware?
I've made no hardware changes to this computer in over a year.