HARDWARE problem?? toughy....
k so im trying to fix a freinds desktop.. its custom built.. it boots XP, and runs fine.. the problem is; every now and then, randomly and spontainiously it will SHUT OFF.
all the fans are on.. it usually does this when running a full virus scan, or burning a CD, etc..
i HAVE replaced the power supply with a nice antex model from best buy, and it still shuts off..
theres two 256mb ram sticks, and theres 3 slots on the mobo, ive tried each one invidiually, and the different slots, almsot all possible configurations, and it STILL shuts off randomly... so i think that voids out the ram..
its an AMD 2500+, Asus a7v8x-x Mobo, with like i said two 256mb sticks (kingmax and a samsung), a crappy CD-RW, a Maxtor 80gb hdd, the NEW antec 350w psu..
and also, a pretty beafy aftermarket fan and heatsink...
i vaccumed the fan, heatsink, case, etc of dust, and i dont think over heating is the problem.. ive tried different outlets, and even different houses!! so its not that..
why does this machine keep shutting off??
**please note, i dont believe its a virus because when i boot an XP install CD, and attempt to install XP it shuts off randomly while in the install process...