Just curious if anyone knew what the most likely cause of a shutdown is. The computer just suddenly shuts off. No BSOD, no restart, no errors, nothing. It just shuts off. I restart and everything is fine for a while.
This has happened while using DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, AVG whiling scanning my C drive, and while running Memtest. Just today it happened while surfing the net so it is not only while doing a CPU intensive operation.
At first I figured it was the ram but I tested 5 different sticks (3 were PNY and 2 no name) in different slots and it happened with each.
Then I figured PSU as I had a 2 year old 400W cheapo unit ($28 including case) so replaced with a Mad Dog 550W PSU and it still happened.
I suppose all that's left is the CPU, graphics card or the motherboard. I have an ATI 9800 pro bought recently that I haven't installed yet. I was planning on upgrading the ram, MB and CPU then installing the ATI when I received the new stuff. Do you think it could be my current VGA acting up? I figured it was most likely the MB or CPU, but read recently that a bad CPU usually results in a BSOD, so I'm guessing it's the MB.
I suppose I should install the new VGA to rule that out but I was kind of looking for a reason to do a little upgrading.
I have been using this setup for about 18 months and the problem started about 3 months ago. All fans are running and I have the side panel off to improve airflow. Nothing is over clocked.
AMD Athlon XP 2500 Barton
ASUS A7N8X deluxe
Ati 9500 Pro