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by: Geary January 28, 2008 8:10 AM PST

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Tower shut down while momnitor and fan stay on

by Geary - 1/28/08 8:10 AM

I have a Dell Dimension 3000 with Windows XP2 Norton anti-Virus software and Spyware Doctor. All scans are clear of viruses and spyware. 5 days ago my computer tower started to shut down while leaving the monitor and fan still on. The only way I could restart was to unplug the power cord from the tower and replug it in then press the start button and it would come on. Everything would be normal but 10-20 mins later it would happen again. this started around the same time everyday 2pm-4pm while I was working playing music etc., full usage. Once I was done for the day in the early evening it would run without problem all night to the next day when it was on but idle.I wondered if it is overheating the power supply because it happens when I am using it more in the daytime. I am confused as to why the fan and monitor would remain on when the tower shuts down. Any insight would be appreciated I am a newbie of sorts. Thanks

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