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Old 06-16-2005, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default PC shuts off!

It is so frustrating!

I have used Windows 2000 for a few years on many PCs and never had a single OS problem. Last year I built a new PC, Asus mobo and Intel Celeron 2.4 Ghz. I installed PCCillin 2003 and within a day or two it was shutting off on its own. I assumed it was PCCillin, so I reformatted my HD, reinstalled Win2000 and switched to Norton, but had the same issue.

Thinking it may just be hardware incompatibilities, like a memory or interference issue, I bought a barebone system shortly after with a Chaintech mobo and AMD 64 3400 cpu. The PC ran great for a week with PCCillin, then when I finally started all the windows updates, the PC would shut off during Update installs! I completed the updates, and the PC shut off every time opened IE or Nero. Again, I reformatted & reinstalled windows 2003, same problem.

Also, I am using a battery/power conditioner so I don’t think it can be an electrical problem. I even tried 4 different power supplies, thinking that may be the culprit.

If anyone has any experience/solution with this problem, I would love to hear about it!

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Old 06-16-2005, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Check the event logs and see what errors are happening before shutdown if any. Then post back.

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Old 06-16-2005, 11:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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In my experience unexpected complete shutdowns with no warning is due to over heating of the CPU or GPU (graphics processor)

Intels tend to run cooler than AMDs but have a much lower tolerance for heat (I think their top is something like 50-60*C)

If you are using a stock heatsink/fan on your processor, you might want to consider buying a better combo (my suggestion is anything by Zalman)
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Overclocked to 3300+)
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2x200GB Seagate SATA RAID 0
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ok. Event logging was enabled and my PC just rebooted on me so let me list the 3 events logged, all at the same exact time:

Event ID 1001 - The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x0000001e (0xc0000005, 0x000049a0, 0x00000000, 0x000049a0). Microsoft Windows 2000 [v15.2195]. A dump was saved in: C:\WINNT\Minidump\Mini061805-02.dmp.

Event ID 6005 - The Event log service was started.

Event ID 6009 - Microsoft (R) Windows 2000 (R) 5.0 2195 Service Pack 4 Uniprocessor Free.

I noticed most of my other unexpected reboots are from that 'bugcheck', and a some were from my DVD drive. "The device, \Device\CdRom0, has a bad block. "

I also just noticed 'Windows XP x64' was released. I do have a AMD x64 system running Windows 2000, I dont know if that would be a problem...

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 06-18-2005, 09:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Have you ran memtest yet ?
If your ram fails to pass and get even 1 error it means your ram is bad and must be replaced.
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Old 06-18-2005, 09:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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in my experience.. I had 2 reasons for sudden shutoffs.. or sudden reboots...

1) PSU problems....

2) Memory/device/System problems

but for the latter, the reason for sudden shutdowns are actually in your settings.. i can't remember exactly right now (and i dont know win2000), but you can set windows to NOT SHUTDOWN during an error.. by default, windows either shutdown or reboot when a certain critical error happens.. NO BSOD .. but you can set it to NOT do that and stay at BSOD.. and you manually shutdown or reboot

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