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Dell Vostro 230 shuts down randomly

Computer shuts down all programs and shuts down at random times or it was stay and randomly go off. No indication of it powering down. I have check hard drive, power supply, tried different memory, change the thermal paste on the processor and nothing works. What could be the problem what am I missing out

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Maybe it's a motherboard problem

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There's a problem with the motherboard.

I would say try a bios update, but I believe it requires both battery and power adapter to be present before it will flash the rom.

The above probably won't work but it's always good to try the easy stuff first.

More than likely you'll just have to replace the board.

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Make sure that there is a green light on the ac adapter. Try checking the end of the cable of the ac adapter and see if it is damaged ( the metal piece that connects into the laptop ). Also check the port on the laptop where you connect the cable of the ac adapter. If that is damaged then you have to request replacment of the motherboard if your laptop is still in warranty.

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your fan in your computer maybe shot or it might be set on hibernation mode

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