This does make sense.crazzywolfie said:i don't think a full c drive would cause a computer to shut off but it would cause it to run slower and work harder. with a computer that is about nearly 12 years old i don't think the hard drive in it would be that big.
Yep, done the disk cleanup, ran two different types of malware, can't defrag until I have some room for it to work with.crazzywolfie said:a 80GB hard drive is tiny by todays standards. my laptop is about 4-5 years old and has a 500GB hard drive. a lot of newer computers have about a 320GB or larger hard drive.
have you done a disk cleanup? if can help you clean up some of the garbage file that windows creates.
That would make you one EXTREMELY unlucky guy. If it still cuts on at all I would strongly recommend the system restore point and see where you end up after thatUnclebull said:the processor doesn't have enough space to process data and all those electrons bouncing off each other heat it up and shuts it down.
that's not how processors work, and a full hard drive isnt why it's shutting down. processor have no permanent storage. a full hard drive can cause your machine to run terribly slow, but wont cause it to shut down unless it is going bad.Unclebull said:Thanks for the inputs, I appreciate them.
Still not fixed. I'm still not working so I hate to spend money on old things.
I'm about convinced the processor doesn't have enough space to process data and all those electrons bouncing off each other heat it up and shuts it down.
What he said...That was pretty in depth..Dont believe you can get a more detailed response. I would certainly start with the safemode,to see if it is a software issue or not first(Being thats the cheapest fix) and just start crossing problems off your list as you do the different test he mentioned.mcritch said:that's not how processors work, and a full hard drive isnt why it's shutting down. processor have no permanent storage. a full hard drive can cause your machine to run terribly slow, but wont cause it to shut down unless it is going bad.
you either have a overheating processor, bad/failing power supply, a failing motherboard/BIOS, or some nastyware software.
have you felt of the heatsink on top of the processor after it has been running for a while? is it hot?
does your bios have a temp reading in it? many do.
turn the computer off
press the power button, and immediately start pressing the "F8" key until you get a menu.
select safe mode with networking.
see if it shuts down. if it does, you almost 100% have a hardware problem. if it doesnt, then something is misconfigured with your software.
safe mode does not load any of the drivers, programs, etc...that are not necessary. many viruses and malware are also dormant in safe mode, so if the software is causing the problem this should help prove that.
if you want you can do a voltage test on the power supply
it will only test voltage - it wont test the amperage. if the voltages vary much from +-12V, +-5V, and +-3.3V, then you have a bad power supply.
as someone else as said, check the motherboard, video card, and anything else with capacitors for ones that are leaking/failing
you can try to remove all but one of your memory modules and see if the behavior changes. if not, swap it out for another one. windows vista and 7 have built-in memory testing tools you can try first
you can also check your bios and turn off all power management features. i've seen buggy bioses cause this (a windows update can cause a conflict with a bug in the APM/ACPI and shut machines down at random. we had a batch of machines in one of our labs at the university i teach (i teach the A+ pc repair stuff, among other things) at that rebooted at random after a service pack was installed until the vendor released a bios update).
Yep, I agree, it was adequate for what I wanted it for; e-mail, surfing and light duty MSOffice work.sheriff said:just some back info. back a few years i was looking to rpl my desktop. looked at and researched several makes. one thing that stood out re emachines pc was that the ps was barely adequate as built. the ps would not support much or any system upgrades. so i passed on emachine. ==sheriff==