Computer keeps shutting off


for some reason when trying to start up computer, if there is no disk in the drive , it gives a non disk system error. When I try to start it up with the recovery disk, it wont stay on long enough to do a system recovery. The computer constantly shuts off. the longest it may stay on is 5 minutes the it shuts down then when trying to start it up after that, it may only stay on for 1 minute or less. Could you please help me figure out what could be going on so that I can get this issue resolved?


This question was answered on August 3, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It could be that the CPU is overheating.

Rather than dwelling in the software, try looking at the hardware Is the case appropriately aired with fans? Is the unit in a warm room?

Check your motherboard setup utility should have a page displaying current CPU temperatures.

If it does your bios does not have that information Open up the computer case an turn the computer on, check to see that both fan running on the case and cpu if the cpu fan is not running you need a new one.

Newer board has the feature to shutdown the system if the CPU reaches critical temperature Worth having a look at I'm always for oversized heat sinks and fans.

I Hope this help you Good Luck.

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Posted by robert of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 3, 2004