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Computer stops when running and restarts.

by maddogdennis / December 16, 2007 2:29 AM PST

I have an FujitsuSiemens computer (Scaleo H) from 2005. Windows XP SP2, AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core 4200+,2.21GHz,1G Ram.After some problems with antivirus programs and stability of the system. I had the suggestion from FujitsuSiemens to formate the HD and re-install xp from recovery disk. The problem started after that. Finally I made a new formating of the HD and re-installed W XP. Everything worked fine but when XP was loading, the computer shut down. The tower was still under power but nothing worked. I did manual restart and after a few attemt it worked. Now the computer runns ok but suddenly it shutdown and re-start automatically.All info is gone and W XP is reloading. Now I only have W XP, MS office, Avast antivirus running to make minimum strain on system. What can I do??????Help

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Two recent repairs for that were.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2007 3:38 AM PST

1. The owner had decided heatsink compound was optional. Heck it worked fine for a few months. Later it began crashing. "No, it can't be that." was their response.

2. The power supply was just barely big enough. We fitted a monster and that was that.

It could be heat but we run into those that measure the CPU or other temperatures. For them we have to wait this they get tired of the crashing then we try the simple test. We leave the cover off.


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Thanks for previous answer related to overheat.
by maddogdennis / December 16, 2007 5:25 PM PST

I dont think the problem is overheat since the auto shutdown is sometimes just after XP loaded. I have, since I wrote the Q, had problems to start the computer at all. When finally getting a video picture I have the option to start in "last best config"witch I tried all works ok but when manual shutdown is made the computer dont stop.
Sometimes the computer works well but sometimes not. I have been told about problems with memory that causes bad behaviour.????

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So what did you check?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2007 11:03 PM PST

Since it's a few years old did you check the heatsink placements, the power upgrade, dust, clean and reload the OS?

Tell us what you've done. If nothing, tell us that too.


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Computer aoto S/D
by maddogdennis / December 16, 2007 11:34 PM PST
In reply to: So what did you check?

I did for a few month ago dust the inside of the computer and cleaned all holes for ventilation etc.That is all I have done apart for normal window updates. I don't know how to do the power upgrades or check the heat sink placements.The OS has been re-loaded with the original recovery CD a few times.
I recall, that the last problem with auto shutdown and restart + refusal to start and that the computer just stays on without any indication of answering, started after I downloaded something with a torrent.The feature in the torrent provider was to tick a box for auto S/D when download completed.Can that be the reason?? I have re- installed XP after but no change.

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That helps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2007 12:20 AM PST
In reply to: Computer aoto S/D


This is an issue not just limited to Dell. The inspection is simple and we usually replace the power supply since those age and start causing random restarts. It's also the cheapest part that could be suspect.

I don't suspect the OS since you reloaded it and have not written any words that lead me to suspect a software issue.

You can also test the RAM with MEMTEST86 (see and the hard disk (be sure to use the non-destructive tests) by finding the drive maker's diagnostic.


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auto S/D
by maddogdennis / December 17, 2007 1:23 AM PST
In reply to: That helps.

Hi and thanks for your answers and the time taking.
There is no indication in the drwts.exe were all fault would have been recorded in accordance to MS. How would you do the inspection of the power supply and how do you replace the pwr supply? I checked the site with bad capacitors and I will check if the same symptoms are on my mother board. Are the capacitors the target in your wording "pwr supply"?
I tried the ramtest but could not even have a correct download and don't know how to start the test. Can you direct me to a english spoken site. Once again, THANKS for your help. You are our friend in the dark.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2007 5:01 AM PST
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1. The capacitors we inspect are all ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS on all boards. The issue has been found on motherboard, video cards, power supplies so we don't limit the inspection to one card.

2. Here's the MEMTEST86 site. Use the free download. BTW, it's the first hit on when you type in MEMTEST86.

3. How to replace a power supply. It's easier than changing my porch's light fixture's light bulb but in short you find a new supply with about 100 more Watts than the old one then take the screws off the back, unplug the cables, put in the new supply, screw it in and plug the power cables back in. I'm sure there are a few hundred web sites that expand on that.


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auto S/D of computer
by maddogdennis / December 29, 2007 1:36 AM PST
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Hi. Thanks for the advice.I have followed your advice but I never came so far to change the pwr supply. The problem with my computer is now solved, I think.
I finally got a error code and I did check it against the reference with microsoft. It was not easy to find, it looks like MS is doing everything to hide important information. The problems was the display drivers on the computer. I de-installed all drivers and re-installed the drivers from my installation disk and made an update on each of them. At the moment it works OK. I hope all stays that way.
I am glad for your advice, they gave me a push to start the trouble shooting process. Now I have another problem with a file I can not get rid of. I will open a new post for that one. Thanks again.

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