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Emachines , shutting off on it's own?

My eMachines computer was shutting down on it's own after anywhere from 15 seconds to 3 minutes after turning it on. I replaced the fan tonight and it was doing great. It stayed on for over an hour. Then it shut off at 9:05. I turned it back on and it stayed on until 9:40. I turned it back on and it stayed on until 10:10. But this time it shut off and immediately restarted itself.

What the heck is going on with this thing? Do you think it could be the power cord?

Thanks for any help.

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  • gina fanning Jan 22, 2009

    Thanks. I sure hope it's not the motheroard, the computer is only a year old.

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While it is possible the power supply could be going bad, usually it would not work intermittently like this.

Most likely the motherboard is starting to go bad, I would do a quick visual inspection for any buldging or leaking capacitors, if you see any that is definatly what is causing the problem.

If you dont see any damage to the motherboard you can try replacing the power supply, if it still behaves this way then your motherboard is the problem (sometimes there are no visible signs of damage on e-machine motherboards even when they have completly fried)

Hope this helps :)

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  • Justin Wolery Jan 22, 2009

    I hope it isnt as well, unfortunatly I have seen a lot of e-machines die after only a year or two, so it wouldent surprise me.

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