Having problems with your Dell Dimension 5150 (DIM515MIN) PC Desktop ?

Intermittent shut down

\015 I have a Dell Dimension 5150 desktop PC which has developed an intermittent shut down problem the system will boot normally but after an indeterminate period it shuts down and restarts automatically. It may do this several times and then eventually it goes into a continuous reboot without ever attaining a complete restart. If I switch it off for a while I can eventually get the PC to reboot properly once more only for the problem to manifest itself once more.\015

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My\015\012Dell 5150 Dimension P4 3.0 Ghz was doing the exact same thing. The\015\012problem is very common with this model. No PC clinic I took to can\015\012solve my problem. They said it's MB, it is not! The problem is due to\015\012insufficient cooling from the factory 120MM fan which draws little air.\015\012Here is how I fix it. Remove the plastic shroud that holds the heatsink\015\012by losening the 2 screws and unplug the fan wire from the MB. It should\015\012come off easily unless your heat sink compound has hardened. Thoroughly\015\012clean the Al heatsink/fan with a long bristals brush.( Optional: If you\015\012want, remove heatsink compound from cpu and HS and apply a thin even\015\012layer of Artic silver with your index finger covered with siran wrap).\015\012Buy an 80mm quiet fan (Sunnon or any good brand)with a large 4 pin\015\012connector and get 4X 1.5" 1/8' self tapping screws. Mount the fan so\015\012the bottom just clears the HS on the MB. Direction of air flow is away\015\012from HS. Look for the arrow on the fan If the screws won't tap into the\015\012al HS, squeeze the al plates closer. Don't over tighten the screws,\015\012it's al, it is soft. Install back hs/FAN , tighten the two green screws\015\012and clean inside of PC with brush on the outside of your house. Plug in\015\012the fans power. Fire it up leave in on for a week, your HS should be\015\012ice cold. Another solution is buy a newer Pentium dua1 core that uses\015\01265W instead of the 95W chip from Dell. A good one is E5200 at C$80. In\015\012this case ,you dont't need the extra fan. To upgrade your PC with a non\015\012Dell MB is possible. Get a Zotac ITX MB 170MMX170MM . Some grinding\015\012maybe needed. One good one is Zotac NF610I-D-E MINI-ITX LGA775 GeForce\015\0127050 DDR2 1PCI-E1 2SATA2 RAID LAN VGA Motherboard at C$65\015\012
That has to do with windows programs. Try doing a system back up if that doesn't work wipe the hard drive and put windows back on it. I have the same system and that has happened to Me. That is what I did. Now it works fine.
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