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Windows XP machine shutting down randomly

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by 75aces, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. 75aces

    75aces Regular member

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    I am in need of tech support. I have done everything I could short of replacing my drive and reinstalling XP. The situation is that my xp machine is shutting down maybe 30 minutes at a time on it's own. I recently noticed that the computer is now shutting down immediately after logging into xp. I am currently running Malwarebytes, CCleaner, and Microsoft Security Essentials. All of the softwares are up to date as of Saturday. I asked a co worker and he suggested that I may have a virus that shuts the system down. I ran a full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials and it reported no findings. With Malwarebytes, it said to be 2 threats but it was not able to complete the scan since the system is constantly shutting down. CCleaner noted no findings.

    Yesterday I tried using Windows defender on a usb thumb drive. It also noted no findings and when I try to run a full scan, it shuts down.

    Has anyone experienced or seen a virus take over when trying to run a full system scan on their anti virus software only to get turned off? And when you reboot, it just powers down? I am considering trying a different hard drive and try it in my xp machine. Thanks for any insight and support.
     
  2. attar

    attar Senior member

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    Has the dust and cat hairs been removed from the cpu and fan grills recently.
     
  3. attar

    attar Senior member

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    BTW, you can check the CPU temp by booting into the bios screen.
    You can probably find a free app that will let you check it too.


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  4. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    75aces, your cpu is doing a thermal shutdown to protect itself. do as attar says but also make certain the cpu heatsink\fan assembly is properly seated & the cpu fan is spinning because if not then that is causing your problem.
     

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