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Computer having Spasms

by law_john / April 6, 2005 2:02 PM PDT

Last night I plugged in an Aiptek Pocket DV4500 camera into my computer, installed the driver, and left the pc running for one hour. When I came back there was a blue screen error (sorry but i do not have the error code) but it did say recent hardware changes (the camera?) may have caused the error. Then I restarted it and let it sit for 2 hours (it has ran for longer time before). When I came back it had shut itself off so I opened it up blew some dust out and it started up okay but with no video and I pushed Ctrl+Alt+Del to shut it down. Then I unplugged the video card, cleaned it, plugged it back in and the computer still had no video. Now, when I trie to turn it on it turns on for a second and then shuts off, and turns on, and shuts off. Could this be a power supply issue?

XP Pro SP2
Intel 3.0ghz
512mb ram
20 pin power supply on 24 pin motherboard, the pc has run fine like this for three months and it will accept 20 pins but they are not recommended

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Did you remove it properly?
by damasta55r / April 6, 2005 2:32 PM PDT
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You have to eject it first. If not, you could've deleted your data, so there would be no video would there?

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Yea, I have done it before
by law_john / April 6, 2005 10:26 PM PDT

and it doesnt hurt the system. Video isnt my main concern though, getting the pc to turn on right is.

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Replace p/s unit
by Willy / April 6, 2005 11:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Computer having Spasms

I would replace power supply and not play with the orginal one anymore. Doing so will probably stress the system even more if not already. Its possible adding the camera was the last straw and it took down a power leg in the process. Your bios maybe set to reboot upon error or the p/s unit itself just doesn't cut it period anymore. replace and go from there.

tada Happy -----Willy

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