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M9700 starts up but shuts down few minutes after vista loads

After windows loads sometimes its fine and when i log a game it shuts down on me after few minutes. sometimes it shuts down after windows loads. Ive tried cleaning the system,fans videocards, and they all look clean. im trying to find out if it is may the power supply plug adapter.

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Sounds like it is a problem with the m9700 overheating. I have just repaired an m9700 with this exact issue and it was resolved by taking the CPU heatblock off, removing the dried/caked-on heat compound, and replacing it with my own (Arctic Silver 5).
Was 91c before, now down to 74c max on load (Measured with coretemp). Random crashing has stopped.

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Yes it can be the power supply and it can also be a virus

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