System is an XPS 600 running XP Media Center Ed. that was build mainlyfor gaming. I bought the system new from Dell. A couple of days agoafter I booted the PC and went away for a few mins. When I came backit was powered dow. I rebooted it and it has run fine untill todaywhen the same thing happened. I rebooted and started up a game. Twominutes later the power went out (like I had pulled the power cord fromthe back of the machine, no warning). I have rebooted it again and ithas been fine for about an hour now, but I know it's a matter of time. What I have done:
Checked all connections that they are tight
Checked that the power strip is plugged in snug.
Cleaned any dust from the outside of the machine
The machine was opened and vacumed out about 6 months ago
Ido not thing it is heat related since it can happen just minutes afterboot up and then not for days. Suggestions or ideas? Any helpappreciated..
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Re: Random Power Loss on Dell XPS 600
Possible reasons for random rebooting: 1. CPU Fan/Heatsink is loose Restarting due to Overheat Prevention. Im guessing the processor is LGA775. if u can open up the case and see if any of the four plugs and sockets has come loose, then that might be it.
2. Not Enougth power from PSU (Power Supply Unit). if it was built for gaming im explecting a PSU of at least 750Watts
3. Harware malfunction. When booting up, any error beeps?
4. Software error. Before logging in a user account, leave the computer on for a while if nothing happens then most likely be OS problem.
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Not sure what you are trying to do. If you are trying to convert 32 bit to 64 bit Apps, try going to manufacturers website to look for drivers.
Win 7 will actually find the best drivers for your devices.
Don't press F12, that tells the Dell to restore Windows from a hidden partition located on the original hard drive. Since you are using a new drive, you need to boot from the Windows XP CD and follow the instruction to load the operating system.
If you have another keyboard try swapping it out and see if it reads the new one. Also a stuck key could possibly cause this error. System battery message probably means you need a new battery for the motherboard. If you replace the battery get the new one before removing the old one. If you leave it out too long you can clear the CMOS
I have the exact same system you have and have the same problem. Dell quit supporting that system as far as updates to drivers and BIOS updates before SATA drives became readily available.
The short answer is there is no way to boot to a SATA drive on that system that I have been able to discover. The BIOS does not recognize it as a bootable device.
What you can do is boot to a regular IDE (PATA) drive, install the driver for the SATA drive and Windows will recognize it. Place your Page file on the new drive and all your applications and data on the new drive.
It is not ideal, but I have managed to move the majority of files to the new drive and it runs quite well. You have to be diligent about installing new software to the new drive instead of the IDE drive.
There is a program you can buy for about $15 that will help you move applications that insist on installing to the boot drive called App Mover. I tried the free trial and it works quite well.
You would probably do right to reinstall Windows. The bios handed off to Windows long before the splash screen comes up. It is probably a faulty driver or corrupt registry entry. If it was me I would reload Windows
those question marks only indicate your system is not showing drivers for that hardware... last time I reinstall the os on a dell system dell made it a little bit tricky to reinstall the drivers... if I remember correctly you need to run the software on the cds to install the drivers (don't try to install the drivers with the windows wizard as probably the drivers are nicely packaged in the cd.) so look for some setup.exe application on the cd's you may have.. (assuming those are the cd's that came with your system) run it and follow the instructions.. from that point it should be straight forward.
if you don't have the cd to your system here's the driver download website from dell for your system
(check if it is your system first)
download what you need first and don't run everything at the same time. install one at a time and restart as prompted and then move on the next driver installation, until you get all the ? marks out of device manager.
sounds to me like the fan is on the way out ,and if the cpu gets too hot the pc will shut down.
check that the fan is not obstructed,clean it if it is full of dust, replace it if it is not working as it should.
also listen to the power supply fan, is it working ok,this could cause the same type of problem but for different reasons.