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my pc shutdown automatically

by maharaja007 / February 24, 2005 2:26 AM PST

whenever i try to play games or some graphics or even some flash ....for few minutes it goes well but then automatically my pc shutdowns.

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Shutdown or restart?
by Yew / February 24, 2005 2:50 AM PST

There's a big difference between the two.

Does the thing turn off and stay that way, or does it turn off and then back on?

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help me 2
by ram86 / February 27, 2005 4:38 AM PST

My computer does the same thing. I will play games, usually full screen games, and my computer will shut off completly and make a sound like a police siren. I have to unplug my computer to make the noise quit. Please help.

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"a sound like a police siren."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2005 4:42 AM PST
In reply to: help me 2

That's the warning signal the CPU temperature exceeded some BIOS measured maximum.

Just wondering. Does this tip show when you post? It reads "Tip: If you are asking for help to troubleshoot a computer-related problem, please be sure to include all the necessary information (ie: operating system, model number, hardware, software, etc) that will help others identify your problem for a speedy resolution."

If you had followed this tip we would know if your Apple laptop needed some cleanup or a trip to Cupertino.


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by ram86 / February 27, 2005 5:11 AM PST

Sorry. I am new at this and I was in a hurry. My computer I think is a built computer by CompUSA. It has Windows XP home edition, Nvidia geforce fx 5200. I don't know how much info you need, like I said I am new to all of this please help me.

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more info
by ram86 / February 27, 2005 5:59 AM PST
In reply to: sorry

I found a little info on my system. I have AMD Athlon xp 1250 mhz, 512 ram msi ms-6712. Does this help more?

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That helps a little.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2005 6:22 AM PST
In reply to: more info

I'm now able to guess it's a desktop since that motherboard is used in desktops. In a hurry or not, the details do matter.

The siren is the sign that the CPU is in an overheated condition and for the Athlons, this can be FATAL. You would remove the case cover and make sure the CPU heatsink is attached, in place and the CPU fan is running at it's usual full tilt speed.

Also you would make sure that the heatsink is not full of heat trapping lint and dust.

Such a cleanup is best done every year so you would be used to this cleaning and checking.


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already did that
by ram86 / February 27, 2005 6:31 AM PST
In reply to: That helps a little.

I already have cleaned the computer and my fans are running at full tilt. Anything else you can recommend?

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If the siren sounds...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2005 6:42 AM PST
In reply to: already did that

Then you proceed to checking that the heatsink compound is there. The procedure isn't that hard, but I won't share it here since one misstep and your CPU goes up in smoke.

As it stands, the machine needs some TLC and maintenence.


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