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There is an old p4 computer for my parents. I just cleaned inside of the computer, then this nightmare comes up. The computer would lose power after around 10-25 minutes of using. I thought about may be it is the harddisk failure then I use ubuntu live CD and a bootable XP copy to test. Somehow ubuntu can survive for the whole night while I sleept, but with the bootable xp, the computer still down after I stress test it. So pretty sure it is not harddisk related. I think the computer can stay for 15 to 25 minutes then should be not the power supply. May be it is the cpu? I do smell some burning thing sometimes.

May be the heatsink of the cpu has been moved and not working as it should? I am in office now so I cannot test that.

Any idea?

For me, I think it is some overheat problem...if it is cpu or ram or motherboard..should not maintain that long time..and that regular...it is more like...the computer heat up after 10 minutes then something cannot keep it cool then finally die....
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Perhaps it has motherboard from Razer with CEO from China and Lebron not make good drivers in Singapore!

ROFL I TROLLED YOU BACK!

No, but seriously. I'll help you. What did you clean the inside with? Did you disconnect anything while cleaning? If so, did you connect it all back? Unless the Ubuntu live CD is booting some crazy power saving mode to your PC, they should be both rather unstable. When you say lose power, do you mean the computer tower completely shuts off? Or it freezes? Restarts?
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Beast of Burden
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Cool story, bro!
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3770k Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference Ripjaws Z 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 Caviar Black ASUS DVD XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
EK FC-7970 w/ Backplate Copper/Acetal RX360 w/ 3x Yate Loon High Speed in Push XSPC Dual Bay Res w/ D5 Pump Windows 7 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VE226H ASUS VE226H Cooler Master Quickfire Rapid Corsair HX850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
HAF 932 Advanced Razer Deathadder QcK Mini 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q9550@ 3.5GHz w/ 1.191v Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Sapphire Reference 5850 @ 775/1100 G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 
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Crucial C300 Spinpoint F3 Caviar Black ASUS DVD-RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung 23" Saitek Eclipse III 
PowerCaseMouse
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post #3 of 4
sounds like u may have bumped the hs while u were cleaning it check that and replace thermal paste if needed !!!
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Originally Posted by DaClownie View Post
Perhaps it has motherboard from Razer with CEO from China and Lebron not make good drivers in Singapore!

ROFL I TROLLED YOU BACK!

No, but seriously. I'll help you. What did you clean the inside with? Did you disconnect anything while cleaning? If so, did you connect it all back? Unless the Ubuntu live CD is booting some crazy power saving mode to your PC, they should be both rather unstable. When you say lose power, do you mean the computer tower completely shuts off? Or it freezes? Restarts?
I just read 1/3 of what you type and I really want to tell you

razer has bad quality, I only buy for fun because it is damn cheap over here!

I mean it really just power off just like I unplug the power cable.

And the computer power light would be still on, the only way to start the computer again is to turn off the switch of the power supply and then turn on again, then the computer would be on even I haven't turned on it.

If I normally turn off the computer before that 10-25 minutes period, then everything is ok, I can turn on and off normally.

You only run Linux with your quad core box?

any updated idea?
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