Computer switching off

  Thereferee21 09:25 31 Mar 2008
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My computer switches off for no reason does anyone know why? It does not happen at any particular time or when im usinga specific programme.

Would it be advisable to Format the Hard Drive?

  Thereferee21 09:26 31 Mar 2008

I am using Windows XP Home Edition.

  Technotiger 09:29 31 Mar 2008

Does it happen almost immediately you switch on, or after it has been in use for a while? If the latter, it sounds like over-heating. The best scenario is that all it needs is a good clean-out from inside the case.

  Technotiger 09:29 31 Mar 2008

Formatting the hard drive is the very last resort!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:55 31 Mar 2008

Auto-reboot disable:
When Running windows and it crashes you will get a blue screen and it will automatically restart, often it will restart too fast for you to see the error message.
To disable auto restart on system failure, so you can see the error message.

1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> System (Windows+Pause works, too)
2. Go to Advanced
3. Under the Startup and Recovery section, click Settings...
4. Under System Failure un-check "Automatically restart"

  pchelper001 17:02 31 Mar 2008

yes, definitely sounds like over-heating, have you checked the fans? turn on the pc with the case off and just check everything is working ok.

  Thereferee21 17:47 31 Mar 2008

Cheers

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