Sorry if this is the wrong place, but this seems tp be the most general forum, seeing as I don't know what the source of the problem is...
The problem is my compiuter instantly powers down for some unknown reason, this seems to only be when its under load, and may happen after just 2 minutes, or after hours (eg playing a game, long compiles, etc), but Ive never had it happen when idel or say browesing the web.
After this the only way to restart it (it just acts dead otherwise...) is to completly cut power (eg disconect the power supply) for around 5 seconds, simply leaving it doesn't work (eg I left it from going to bed, to getting home from school and I still had to disconect the power supply to make it start).
At first I thaught it was a overheating problem, and that it was shutting down to avoid damage, however after moniterring the temperatures ive found that it isn't at a certain temperature.. (eg the CPU could be anywhere from 40C to like 60C when this happens...
I then tried changing the power supply but the same thing still happens.
Windows XP SP2
AMD athlon XP 3200+
nVidia GeForce 6600
Old creative soundblaster - I'm only using this for its gameport, not for sound since the mb doesnt have one
Motherboard -*looks for lable/manule* well if someone can tell me how to tell since I built this computer 2+ years ago...
ST340810A (40.0GB) << Single partition, windows
Maxtor 6L200P0 (203.9GB) << 2x40GB partitions, the rest is currently unformatted
HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8163B
Segate FreeAgentDesktop USB Device (250GB)
Trust 5.1 Surround USB Headset