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Old 01-27-2007, 06:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, I once again come to you with a problem. Over the past few days I've been struggling with my computer a bit (partly due to a POS motherboard). Anyhow, the other day I returned from college to find that my computer had shut down in the middle of downloading something. I was perplexed and assumed it must have been a heat based thing. Checking temperatures (even during a Prime95 torture test) and they seem to be running fine, under 45 at all times, even under heavy load (25 - 30 on idle).

Last night my computer shut down once again. Now I'm wondering whether it could be the hard drive starting to go bad. I ran a windows disk check this morning which took about 40mins, but that threw up no errors.

So I ask you this, could a disk thats going bad cause a system to shut down (and bear in mind, the 'suspect' disk is indeed the drive that I run XP on) ? The reason for my suspicions that it is dying is the strange 'electrical clicking' sounds its been emitting lately, and the slightly louder than usual start up 'whir'.

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Old 01-27-2007, 08:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does sound like the HDD to me.

Back up everything thats of importance and then get a new HDD if i were you.

You don't want it to go pop and lose everything, that would be worst case scenario


EDIT, i like your topic title, assuming it was intended because of the story?
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Old 01-27-2007, 11:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Either HDD or power supply getting too hot. Theoretically, that PSU should be fine, but this doesn't sound to be the case.
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Old 01-28-2007, 05:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yes the title was intended to be slightly humourous (and a tribute to the book), HOWEVER - titles aside - I discovered in my tinkering yesterday that one of the ram modules was a tad loose (and not 'locked'), so that could have wobbled a bit and caused the shutdowns.

I've not noticed any problems over the past two days, but will continue to monitor for any suspicious activity.

Cheers my good folks.
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