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    A bit of pc techy help wanted!

    Howdy dudes- hope all is good out there!!

    Well, a quick question- Daughters PC keeps turning itself off - what could be the problem.

    It's an Iqon, with windows xp & it's about 2yrs old. No previous probs with it, otherwise works ok.

    This happens usually when you have switched on, loaded up & gone onto the internet & sometimes the desktop. It just switches off completley & restarts by itself.

    If anyone can throw any light on this I will be more than grateful- rep to give asususal!

    Cheers guys.

    Col.

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    maybe the psu is dying or the mobo is

    Maybe overheating?
    Has it ever been cleaned out? Buy yourself a can of air and open it up and give it a good 'ole clean! You could use a hoover with the small brush attachment instead, if you are careful...maybe worth giving this a go first and then see what happens!

    Have you recently installed anything, any updates? Take a look in event viewer (Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Event Viewer) and look to see if there's any errors.

    Original Poster

    Cheers folks. I will try the above tomorrow.

    just a bit annoying cos she's after using my laptop now!!

    Very helpful peeps on here as usual - a credit to the site.

    Col.

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    DVS_Dee;3468616

    Have you recently installed anything, any updates? Take a look in event … Have you recently installed anything, any updates? Take a look in event viewer (Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Event Viewer) and look to see if there's any errors.



    Only the normal windows updates & a new webcam. I'll check it out tomorrow - thanks.

    Few things to try (repeating what's been said mainly) in order of ease -

    Start in safemode (Press F8 on boot). Bit of a longshot, but could be a software conflict or virus switching it off.
    Using memtest86, check the RAM (You will need to dl this and burn it to a cd).
    Give it a good clean. Get a pencil or something that will fit in any fans you can find and keep turning 'til you get a ball of fluff, then go the compressed air route. You can fabricate an empty bottle to do this - get something sharp and make a hole in the lid, fit a straw (folding it lengthways to make thinner and more 'compressed') et voila - tight man's compressed air.
    Try another PSU.

    If it does turn out to be the PSU, consider buying a moderately priced one, or one with good reviews. Cheap PSU's are generally very noisy and can compromise the rest of the components in the way it distributes power.

    Thinking PSU as well, does it blue screen before rebooting (even if it's just for a moment) ?

    if it does bluscreen then its not the PSU ;-) PSU would be imiediate switch off for 'saftey reasons'
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