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    windows ME machine keeps shutting down

    i have a packard bell desktop pc at home,its about 10 years old.
    i wont post the spec as i think the problem has little to do with the spec.
    heres the thing...
    its run for years without any problems,
    no new hardware or software has been added prior to the problem starting.
    when booted up from cold (i.e,when its been off for a few hours),
    it stays on for a couple of mins then,either reboots its self or freezes.then when booted up again,its stays on a bit longer before rebooting or freezing.
    only after a few boots does it work ok.
    ive taken the memory out to make sure its seated ok.
    ive also taken all the pci cards out,again to make sure they're seated ok.
    they're fine.
    ive run antivirus and trojan apps,nothing wrong there.
    im at a loss ,if any of you guys have any ideas,id be glad to hear them.
    thanks in advance,harrytb.

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    Could be a temperamental CPU fan or PSU fan.

    Have you tried cleaning them, could be some dust or fluff thats preventing them from spinning properly until they have had a couple of boots to get up to speed.

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    yes,ive tried that.
    i even took it to work and gave it a blow-out with an air-line.
    the fan spins freely.
    ?????????????.
    cheers though rev.

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    Perhaps the memory went bad? Try running memtest: http://www.memtest.org/

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    maybe the power supply is faulty or you have an overheating problem or maybe the MB is bad. Check for leaking capacitors.


    Freezing? Is there a safe mode or way of starting only necessary services running?
    Last edited by usergame; September 16th, 2007 at 04:25 AM.

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    http://www.aumha.org >win9x>startup and shutdown problems

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    thanks guys,
    ill work my way through your suggestions tomorrow when i have some free time.
    thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan View Post
    Perhaps the memory went bad? Try running memtest: http://www.memtest.org/

    finally got round to running memtest.
    all clear there,no problems found.
    thanks though Conan.
    ???????

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrytb View Post
    finally got round to running memtest.
    all clear there,no problems found.
    thanks though Conan.
    ???????
    So you didn't have the booting problem when you loaded memtest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conan View Post
    So you didn't have the booting problem when you loaded memtest?
    yes,still had problems.
    so i booted it a couple of times before doing memtest.

    update........
    i swapped out the HD into another M/C to see if it booted ok from cold,it did (so,H/D ok).
    i then put it back into the original M/C and unplugged every thing...I.E,
    cd drive,dvd drive,lan card,sound card all the usual,
    in the end all that was in the m/c was the m/b and h/d oh,and the psu.
    still wouldnt boot from cold so,it must be the M/B i presume???????
    anyway,looks like its heading for the bin.


    thanks guys though for your suggestions and what have you.

    ill be back soon,
    just watching some paint dry.

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