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When I turned on my desktop today, it only ran for about 2-3 seconds and then shut down. I tried again and again, then unplugged it and waited, plugged it back in and still, it shuts downs in 2-3 seconds.  I have never had any problems with this computer before in the several years that I've had it.  Please help!  MaryS

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Check the fan (top rear of the computer) , make sure it runs when you start the computer. if it is NOT running the power supply may be the cause.
also you may need to remove the case and inspect the fans inside. you shoulkd be able to remove a couple phillips head screws on the back of the computer and lift the cover off or at least the side making the guts of thhe computer visible.
once open , inspect all the fans and cables, especially the fan on the main board and the metal piece with fins undernieth it, this tends to collect dust causing the cpu below to overheat and shut down the syatem to protect itself. The number one cause of crashes is overheating.
look at these things to start and post your findings and we'll move on to another step.

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