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Old November 20th 08, 02:26 PM posted to alt.sys.pc-clone.compaq
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Default Help! My computer will not stay on!!!

csar244 wrote:

This is kind of a long story...Please someone tell me what to do!
About 3 weeks ago my psu went out and I brought my PC to work to

have our IT guy fix it. He replaced it with a Rhino ATX 12v 450 watt
power supply (it had whatever the standard 12 v 300 watt for hp is).
My PC is a Compaq SR2180NX with Vista Home Premium.
Anyway, after he fixed it, it would come on, but now it will not

stay on! It will boot up and stay on for MAYBE 5 minutes and then it
will go blank. The power light is still on, but it will not do
anything. I have to hold the power button down for a few seconds
before it will go off. If I try to turn it on for the next hour or
so (sometime longer), it will only boot up to the start screen and do
the same thing. Sometimes the light will only blink and the fans
start to turn but they go off almost immediately. AgHHH! I have
tried everything. I have replaced the Bios Battery. I have cleaned
my DIMM. I have cleaned out all of the dust, checked my pins....I
don't know a lot about the "guts" of the computer so I am
asking for HELP! The other day I was able to get it to stay on for
almost an hour. I was playing solitaire and it shut off in the
middle of the game. This is driving me crazy. Do you think it could
be a bad power supply?

Yeah, I figured that was what happened.
I took it in yesterday and they pretty much confirmed it. He said
that the mother board has a short in it that is causing it to shut
off. It can't be overheating because the fans are not even getting
time to run. I am now shopping for a new computer.