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    Computer randomly shuts down after downloading.

    I have had this problem on my other computer for awhile now.. Ive tried reformatting and everything.. But when I download something like Aim or Yahoo when i first get it back up and running it just like someone pulls the power cord out of the back of it.. Anyone know what the problem could be?

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    Does your motherboard have any diagnostic lights? If it does what code do they show after the shutdown?
    I had an issue similar to this a few years ago and it was my PSU that was the problem. The computer was just dieing randomly without any reason but yours sounds a bit different. Does it only shut down after you downloaded something?
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    Yeah only when i download something. It does not have diagnostic lites no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShoutCastServers View Post
    Yeah only when i download something. It does not have diagnostic lites no.
    And you say that you have tried reformatting too which probably means that its a hardware issue, but I have never heard of a problem like this though.

    Very very strange.
    What NIC do you have?
    What browser are you using? And have you tried downloading using a different browser? Also are the files you are downloading small or large?
    Are you sure that you are not installing the bad software again after the format?
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    I know you believe its downloading that's causing your machine to shut down but have you looked at your machines temperatures to make sure its not overheating?
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    I took it to the shop recently and they are working on it now, From what they have told me that they had to flash the bios and gave it a clean reformat from their shop and it seems to be working fine. Waiting for it to arrive back to my place now.
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    It could be one of these things:

    1. Power Supply is crap, might want to try replacing it.
    2. Motherboard,CPU,Video Card, or Sound card has driver problems.

    Above all it could be the electricity in your location, but that's extremely rare to have dirty power.

    ~hope this helps.

    PS: Flashing the BIOS is the stupidest thing you could ever do, when it comes to the BIOS; "if it aint broke, don't fix it" just for future reference, especially on older motherboards. The only time a motherboard should be flashed is if your having computability issues.
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    Could have been, When they flashed the bios they seem to have fixed it. Havnt had any problems out of it yet. When they flashed the bios does that fix all the driver issues? What does flashing the bios consist of and what is the purpose of it?
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    bios containts information about hardware. Like Bios 1.0 may only support Intel Pentium 4, Bios 2.0 also supports Core2Duos (just an example).

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    I had a similar problem yesterday with my system shutting down erratically and too often. I opened it up and I pulled out the processor fan and I found a thick layer of heat sink compound [thanks to my hardware guy leaving the task to a novice] Today morning I bought some fresh heat sink compound and after thoroughly cleaning both the surfaces I applied a very thin layer and fixed back the fan snugly. Now it is working fine.

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    Most of the time i think its motherboard issues, for example this pc shuts down randomly when downloading something or just gaming. Could be poor video card issue too, cause i have replaced power supply and hdd, and put more ram in, but still problem exists. Is a crappy ecs motherboard so next in line for replacement is the motherboard.

    And mostly noticed it happens when firefox is trying to fetch some website, and boom a reboot takes place.

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    I think it might be some overheating issues within your computer. Have you tried opening up your case and getting a can of aerosol spray to clean out all the dust? I always do this with my laptop every month in order to prevent overheating .
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