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Hi, earlier today while I was taking a nap my computer all of a sudden shut off for no apparent reason. When I tried to turn it back on, it wouldn't, the lights on the mobo weren't on. I tried unplugging and plugging it back in, still no luck. I tried doing this for about 5 mins in different sockets, then all of a sudden it started working fine again. I don't think the power went out, my alarm clock didn't reset. Any ideas?
Go into your BIOS and run the computer for a while. Monitor the temperatures on the cpu and motherboard. I had a similar situation where the fans were clogged with dust, and this was causing the cpu to get hot. There should be software for linux too that can monitor the temperature of your cpu (I think conky can), but I'm not sure how to use this.
monitor lm_sensors while running something that taxes your cpu. if it shuts off when it gets to a certain temperature, you'll know that's the problem. otherwise, i would guess bad power supply along with the others.
Well, I agree with you IsaacKuo - when the machine that overheated overheated, it came right back up. The problems you had with restarting your system, davidguygc, makes me think PSU. If your cooling fans are operational and it's got good airflow around it, it really shouldn't be overheating.
Well I have a brand new PSU, and it finally happened while I was on the computer, I was just on imdb.com, not even listening to music or anything. Just Firefox. The PSU is Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W Power Supply 115/230 V I decided to get a slightly better than average power supply. My MoBo is MSI P6N SLI-FI LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard I have been running Windows past day or so, and it has happened on it too. So I got SpeedFan, and it has yet to set off any alarms I set. The fans are completely unblocked, are clean and about 2 mos old. The entire system is about 2 mos old. The computer's main temp has been running around 32 C, and the CPU's between 35-45. The limit is around 81. I don't have any real feel for what those temps are, I'm used to Fahrenheit.
Thanks for the input
P.S. I don't think it is OS related at all, since I cannot turn it back on. The routine to get it back going is to unplug it, plug back in. I hit the power button, it powers on for about 1/2 sec, then shuts back off, repeat until it works. I ran "backed up" a DVD and the CPU Temps ran between 40-45 C So I really don't see it hitting the 80 C ceiling
Last edited by davidguygc; 06-24-2007 at 04:16 PM.
well at least it doesn't seem to be overheating. those temperatures are fine. it could still be the PSU, or as IsaacKuo said the motherboard could be bad.
the next time it dies, you might try pressing in the power button for a few seconds *with the power cable unplugged* to "clear" any charge in the motherboard before plugging it in again and trying to start it. that might at least let you power back on sooner until you can find out the problem.
i wonder if kernel.log or messages or anything like that would log a problem if it were something to do with the motherboard. there might be a hint at least. or maybe your bios needs to be flashed, is another idea. could be a lot of things, sorry.
I know what ya mean, million of things, not a lot to go on with my info. First time something like this has happened, I don't know what info I need to give yall. Well, I'll look into the BIOS, and I have the PSU that came w/ the case, if it keeps happening I'll switch it out w/ that and see if it that fixes it. If so, then yay, I have it pinned down.
If yall have any suggestions keep em coming please, they all help immensely!
The limit is around 81. I don't have any real feel for what those temps are, I'm used to Fahrenheit.
You observed a peak temp of 81C? My BIOS auto-shutdown doesn't even go higher than 85C. I currently have it set to 70C on my dual core 4400+. In other words, that's too hot. So IMHO the original diagnosis was correct.
It's a bad power supply as long as your heatsink is not laying in the bottom of the case. (I actually have seen that.) Overheating CPU problems manifest themselves in poor performance long before they shutdown.