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Sam, I doubt that the monitor would be the cause, but stranger things have happened in the world of computers.
I would be tempted to use another monitor temporarily if that is at all possible This will surely eliminate one component from the suspicion file.
I have also wondered whether it may be something as simple like windows power saving mode is also a contributor to this fiasco. I am presuming you have disabled this function via the control panel?
I touch on this from my own experience with a laptop that did similar things when power saving on monitopr and HDD was used. I could never get it to tuen back on after it shut down and it went back twice for repair until some bright spark hit on that as a solution. Vista op system too but somehow it mucked up the Toshiba big time.
Your reference to overheating. This overheat may have caused this to happen in the first place, as you may know if pc's are in a confined space and **** diurt and dust inside the unit will overheat and will shut down until it reaches a suitable operating temp. I note you have added cooling externally, but what I am suggesting is it may be after the fact.
These are all shots in the dark I know but often it is the simple things that we overlook. It is also difficult to often diagnose from afar with minimal ability to see 1st hand what is already in place.
I will put this back to others to also pick up and see if they have any clues beyond my own small input
Posted on Aug 12, 2009
It seems that the power supply (SMPS) in your computer is unable to supply power to all the components. But before you get a high power SMPS, I'd recommend you to disconnect some of the components and then check. You may open up the cabinet (leave it open till this test) and disconnect one of the cooling fans of cabinet (not of CPU), florescent lights and use the external fan to cool off the system. In case you have an onboard graphics card then you can also try disconnecting the nVidia graphics card during this test. Also take off some other devices like modem or sound card if installed (which are not onboard) and then check how long the system runs? The main idea is to lower the power consumption. Also is the power supply of your Monitor directly attached to the CPU tower? If yes, try plugging it directly into another socket in UPS or directly into another wall socket and then check.
Posted on Jul 20, 2009
Let's take it a step at a time and try to eliminate hardware as the problem. Two simple things we can try that should help to narrow it down.
First, if you have the old display or can borrow another, try replacing it termporarily. I know this is not a viable solution but the resulting behavior willbe informative.
Second, try booting into safe mode with the Dell display. Use the F8 key during boot to do this. See if you can keep the unit running like this.
Let me know the results of these two tests and we'll try to move on to the next step.
Posted on Jul 18, 2009
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