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Desktop Pc switch on and off by itself!

by gamer.s / May 17, 2010 7:45 AM PDT

I am running windows Vista and recently my pc just switch on and off by itself! What can be the cause/causes?

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A Couple Of Possibilities Come To Mind
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 17, 2010 8:01 AM PDT

One question though.. Is it a laptop or desktop?

1. If the computer is actually turning ON by itself (Unplug the device from the wall, then plug it back it and it actually starts up without you providing any input), then you've got a faulty power supply unit or an ON/OFF switch that's shorting out.. Replacing one or both of those items should fix the problem.

2. On the other hand, if you mean the computer is turning off, then restarting, after being on for a while, then the problem is probably heat related.. Open up the case, then use compressed air to blow out all the dust from around the processor, heatsink, power supply, and all fans and vents.. While you're in there blowing things out, check for any leaking or swollen capacitors on the motherboard..

Hope this helps.


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by gamer.s / May 17, 2010 8:32 AM PDT

thank you very much...will try and let you know the outcome...much appreciated!

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turned off automatically
by vickyboyitachi / February 15, 2011 10:34 PM PST

when i turned on my computer after loading windows it automatically turned off. Please help me what to do because i can't run my computer..thanks

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Not much to work with.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2011 11:19 PM PST
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Windows 98 Laptop?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 16, 2011 12:08 AM PST

Since you've told us nothing about your computer, it's tough to make a guess.. Operating system? Laptop or desktop? Make and model number? Scanned for malware yet? If so, which tools did you use and what was found? The more information you give us, the better informed our answer will be.

Have you tried the cleanup steps mentioned by Bob and myself?

Hope this helps.


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