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It seems that our computer now has a mind of its own... at any time it will beep and then shut down and restart on its own... the only changes that we have made were installing soulseek a music sharing program ... we have since uninstalled it... the shut downs started after putting in a discs of pictures we had taken... our anti virus cant find anything and im starting to be at a loss... im a little worried with Leese going back to school Monday and i worry she may lose work... any ideas would be greatly appreciated...

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My guess is that your motherboard is toast. Random shut-downs are often a tell-tale sign of this. If you're comfortable with opening up your computer, then go ahead and have a look at the diodes on the motherboard (the small round things with the 'X's on them in the pic below) If any of them look rounded at the top like they are trying to burst open, then you need a new motherboard. Try to grab all the data you can now because the problem will only get worse. You will have to re-format and re-install everything once you replace it. G'luck!

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oh yeah.. it could also be:

- an overheating problem (clean the insides of the computer, especially the CPU fan and power supply fan)

- a bad RAM module (switch them, try new ones)

- or a bad power supply (get a new tower case w/ new power box)

hopefully it's one of these cheaper, easier to fix problems... (I always start with the worst case scenario)

Buenas suerte!

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definitely overheating. If it's beeping before shutdown then it's something the computer recognizes as a problem, so can't be diodes or actual parts, it's gotta be something with a sensor - RAM checksum could be a culprit but usually that shows at boot up. Power supply gone bad maybe but 99% chance it's overheating as that's where the sensors are. Get a can of spray air in there, blow out all the fans. Unplug the computer, use a small paint brush and brush the fans,heatsinks, then spray air the sh!t outta it. Take apart the power supply, do the same. Look at the intake in the front of the computer. clean it. boot it up, make sure all the fans are running. check to see that all heatsinks are firmly attached. good luck!

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i also agree it sounds like overheating....

but depending on how its been happening, the damage could already be done....

Check if there is any smoke/sute on the motherboard....

I'd obviously spray it down, but also consider changing the powersource, fan, and heatsync. All could have been damaged...

Kenny at PJC lost everything, and needed to buy a new system, because of this exact thing...'cept he kept restarting it after it shut down, until he virtually melted his components.

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Try a new power supply. I had similar problems for almost a year before I tried a new power supply and I haven't had any since. The difference though is that my computer would just randomly shut down. I tore my hair out for a year debugging the problem and in the end it was the power supply. You can get a cheap no-name power supply for about $15 so it can't hurt to give it a shot.

Also, a friend of mine also had similar problems with two of his computers. I told him for about a year to change the power supply. When he finally took them into the shop and paid to have them fixed, guess what part they replaced?

Edited to add that I tried spraying the dust out of my computer first but no dice.

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I had a problem like this a while ago and it turned out that the video card wasn't firmly locked into the motherboard. If you've moved or jarred it recently it might not hurt to open it up while you're air-spraying it and making sure all the connections are tight.

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POG - Unfortunately, I believe that weezy is correct. The board is on its way out. My computer kept doing this 2 months ago, it kept it up for 2-3 weeks, then it never started again. couldn't even get to CMOS. It was a great excuse to get a new smokin' fast computer, but was a pain in the ass when it happened. You shouldn't lose any data since your HD will still be good.

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With my being in the computer field, this is an easy problem for me to diagnos.

Demons. Your computer is possessed by demons. I have seen it a hundred times before. Get it to the nearest chapel, church, temple, or whatever the frig they call them now, and get one of those holy father guys to exorcise it.

Its your only hope.

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With my being in the computer field, this is an easy problem for me to diagnos.

Demons. Your computer is possessed by demons. I have seen it a hundred times before. Get it to the nearest chapel, church, temple, or whatever the frig they call them now, and get one of those holy father guys to exorcise it.

Its your only hope.

and those demons wouldn't arise if you'd stop downloading your amateur porn pics ::

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