Having problems with your Compaq Presario SR1000T (568657) PC Desktop ?

Complete PC shut down whilst playing CD-ROM games

\015 My PC works fine, can have it running all day. The problem is that not long after I start playing a CD-ROM game, notably "Morrowind" or "Half Life" etc, etc, the whole PC knocks off after approx 15 mins into the game. This has got steadly worse as I could play for an hour till, pop!, all off, black screen, blue light out, "gone to sleep". It wouldn't re-boot for around 5mins afterwards either. I'm no expert, but it sounds like a fan thing but unsure as what to do next. How much are we talking for repairs is the real question?This PC is a Windows XP 2002 Home edition,Intel Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20Ghz, had it 4 years - typical, warrant just expired!Many thanks in advance.. \015\012\015\012Roy\015

Answers :

For sure this is an overheating problem.

It's possible it's a fan. First check and see if the fan is in fact running. To do this just put your hand in front of the fan and see if you feel any air. Also there is a fan on the power supply. This fan is usually at the top left of the case when looking at the back of the case. You should also feel air coming out of this fan.

Another possibility is that a filter is clogged or the computer has dust inside of it. To fix this unplug the computer from power and remove all connections on the back panel. Then open the case and clean out any dust. This can be best done by using some portable air. You can find this at Radio Shack, Office Depot, Office Max or almost any computer store. Just ask for a can of air to remove dust from a computer. When the computer looks dust free reassemble everything and try again.

A third possibility is that the power supply is going bad. This would require a replacement power supply. This would need to be done by a computer repair facility. Often compaq uses custom parts so you probably have to buy a power supply from compaq. Power supplies get very hot and can fail.

Hope this helps.
Sounds like an over heating OR video driver problem. If you haven't had the case off your computer and blown out the fans and heatsinks beneith them lately , it's time to do it . Usually just two phillips head screws hold the side panel on , remove them and slide the side off exposing the insides of the computer. use a can of compressed air (not an air compressor) and dont tip the can while blowing out the fans. You might have to fire up the computer with the side off if you want to check if the fans are even running. you CPU has the most important fan, next the power supply and video cards , any of these fans stop running and the system will shut itself down after the temperature reaches a certain level to protect the hardware. any of these fans can be replaced for 30 bucks or less. check these things and post here again.. Regards
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