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Random Power Loss on Dell XPS 600

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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  • diane1962 Oct 07, 2008

    I will open it up and check the heat sink and plugs.

    The system was build by Dell and has been working for around 2 years so I think that may rule out it being underpowered.

    No beeps on start up.

    What would cause the system to develop an OS problem (or is this just something that can happen over time?).

    Thanks you.


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I have exacly the same problem with my XPS 600.
Did you find any solution?

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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.

Your best bet is to reinstall Windows

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