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help please guys - power problem!!

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#1
hi

i have recently inherited quite a decent targa pc from my girlfriends dad. i have put in my old hard drive to get some info off but after 15-20 mins the pc just cuts off. i thought it may be a problem with the hard drive so i took out teh hard drive that i had just put in but the pc still has the problem.

As i say it just cuts out after maybe 15-20 maybe 30 mins and am at a loose end to what this may be. the fan works as per usual when switched on so any ideas what the problem may be???????

any help is greatly appreciated

lee.
 
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Wolfeymole

#2
Hi Lee

Welcome to FPCH

Well it seems you may have a dodgy power supply mate.
Which fan is working as usual, the PSU fan, heatsink fan or another case fan?
Is the box thoroughly clean of dust and dirt etc.
 
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#3
alright mate as far as i can see there is one fan, presumerbly over the processor?

there looks to be abit of dust in the case and within the fan, you recon i should give this a good old clean?
 
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Wolfeymole

#4
Get a can of compressed air Lee, preferably with a straw tube attachment and get right into the heatsink fins.
The CPU may be overheating and activating the thermal cutout because the heatsink is full of crap.
 
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#5
ok will get a can but i'm abit of a novice what are the heatsink fins?

cheers
 
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#7
cheers wolfey - will it be sufficient to just spray the fan/heatsink as it is or should i try to remove the fan totally and get all the crap&dust out?
 
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Wolfeymole

#8
I would unscrew the heatsink fan all together Lee as the dust could be compacted under there.
The 4 screws will be self tappers but just be careful with them and it will be ok.
Spray the rest of the inside of the pc too mate.
 
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#9
nice one cheers mate will give it a whirl n let u know how it goes ;)