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Windows 10 HP Turns off at Random

  1. Sep 12, 2018 #1

    WWGD

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    Hi All,
    I was using my Win10 HP for standard surfing ; nothing that would require intensive processing and it just turned off at random, for no apparent reason. I was unable to turn it on for a few minutes ( no response when pressing the power switch) , after which it turned on , did the POST and everything went down to normal. This happened 3 times in a period of some 2 hours. Any ideas? I don't know enough to go through the thousands of options in event viewer. I do have a copy of MSInfo32, attached.Any Ideas? Will go to sleep soon, and will followup tomorrow morning. Thanks for any suggestions.
     

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  3. Sep 12, 2018 #2

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    Sounds like your computer is overheating. Try raising it up from the surface it's on to get more air circulation for the heat dump (my HP laptop has no fan so I'm assuming yours also may not)
     
  4. Sep 13, 2018 #3

    Tom.G

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    You can tell the Event Viewer to sort by date and time (I think that is the default), that makes it (relatively) easy to find what happened.

    @phinds suggestion seems the most likely though.
     
  5. Sep 13, 2018 #4

    CWatters

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    Check cpu fan? Although some have a warning alarm. Did the motherboard make an beeps?
     
  6. Sep 14, 2018 #5

    Dr Transport

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    Besides heat buildup, the root cause may be dust in your case. A couple of years ago my computer kept kicking itself off of my network even though I was hardwired. Culprit was dust (seems I was remodeling my house and the dust and dirt from that was shorting out my network card). Worth a can of air to see.....
     
  7. Sep 14, 2018 #6

    phinds

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    Good point. Dust can also be the cause of heat buildup.
     
  8. Sep 16, 2018 #7

    WWGD

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    Thanks all again. Computer seems to be back to normal without my having done anything. Will keep you posted if anything special happens.
     
  9. Sep 18, 2018 #8

    Svein

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    In my experience, faults that come and go for no apparent reason are usually due to a faulty RAM (die fault, connector fault etc.).

    First line check: Try pushing hard down on the RAMs to make sure they are seated properly.
    Second line try: Buy a new RAM set and exchange.
     
  10. Sep 18, 2018 #9

    Tom.G

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    Or just unplug and replug the RAM a few times; cleans oxidation and contamination off the contacts.
     
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  12. Sep 18, 2018 #11

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    Spontaneous shutdowns can also be a symptom of a failing power supply.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2018 #12

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