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What would cause my computer to shut down by it self and an error comes up?

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    thielectronick Sep 09, 2010

    could be a lot of things, can you read the error before it shuts down? that will give us a good starting point.

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Hello

If i use the information you have give, i would say you have a serious overheating problem. Have a look and see if the CPU fan is clogged with dust particles. Let me know, i will gladly assist you.

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