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a friend of mine called and said his computer has been shuting down ramdomly and not even throwing up the BSOD, jsut shutting off, and it won't start back up for about 30 seconds after that and won't start till he flips the switch on the PSU to off, then back to the on possition. Do you think his PSU has gone bad, its an aspire 550 watt PSU bought about 1.5 years ago.
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Well if he has to switch it off then back on......sounds like a bad PSU yes

I would advise him to get another one.....sharpish
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Since he is your friend, and you are his friend, and I am your friend, and you are my friend, so we are all friends, not because we are, but because everybody is your friend on this forum, that is why thou shalt take out ur PSU, and shove it up his pc's ass, and see if that stuff happens, if it does, than he is pwnt, if it doesnt you will determine that its the PSU, so do that since he is your friend, spend 5 mins sweating to take out ur PSU, and go to his house and tell him, DUDE IM HERE TO SAVE YOU!

And he will give you a my hero kiss, and tadaaaaaaaa

youre officialy gay

anyway, yeah, the only way to determine is to take your psu and test it
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Definetely a bad PSU. Aspires only have a lifespan of like 1 year lol.
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from the flip switch thing it sounds like bad psu.

possibly overheat issue, if he has to wait a while,

generally a windows error sometimes
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Since he is your friend, and you are his friend, and I am your friend, and you are my friend, so we are all friends, not because we are, but because everybody is your friend on this forum, that is why thou shalt take out ur PSU, and shove it up his pc's ass, and see if that stuff happens, if it does, than he is pwnt, if it doesnt you will determine that its the PSU, so do that since he is your friend, spend 5 mins sweating to take out ur PSU, and go to his house and tell him, DUDE IM HERE TO SAVE YOU!

And he will give you a my hero kiss, and tadaaaaaaaa

youre officialy gay

anyway, yeah, the only way to determine is to take your psu and test it

yeah, what he said!!!
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^ exactly
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Maybe the Power Supplies thread would've been a better place for this post??
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Well, it's 99% chance it's the PSU. It could also be a failing MoBo. My mom's rig shuts off similar to that because the board has ****ty voltage regulation that gets worse as the capacitor's age.
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post #10 of 12
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thanks everyone, sure enough my power supply worked for him so he ordered a new one, the only head scratcher is why he ordered the same PSU again. Here comes your reps guys.
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