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Thanks, P-man! It says 64 MB RAM. I tried tapping the F8 key from the moment I pushed the power button. Not only would it refuse to lock up, it wouldn't go into safe mode. Now that's a first. Tried copy & paste of the info, but can't get past highlighting it.
Ozzy, the symptoms have similarity, but not identical. No squeaky noise and it has locked up while checking Email and shutting down, once.
For some reason it hasn't locked up for a couple days now. Why wouldn't it go into safe mode? Not that I think the problem is solved....
Did you try the F8 key when the computer is first booting. That is where you need to try that.
Sometimes it's the Esc key or another F# key, depending on your BIOS.
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Seriously, random lockups are caused by a faulty power supply a lot of the time. How old is your computer?
You can get a new PSU for about $20 and they are easy to fit.
Hi It sounds like you need a major upgrade.I rebuilt mine recently and its so much easier with all the newer technology.
used my old tower but inside she,s brand new and if you look around its cheeper to upgrade than to by a new set.You will be amazed at what you can find at decent prices [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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What is a PSU? The pc is six years old. I am unfamiliar with doing anything more than changing sound cards and mother boards. For the past 3 days it hasn't locked up. Having been a faithful caller to the Gateway technicians over the years, I have become quite familiar with tapping the F8 Key [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img] I'd say thet know my name, but you know how it goes.... it's a different tech every time and always from another country! Still open to suggestions. And thank you all for responding. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]Originally Posted by [b
When was the last time you popped the cover off to blow the dust and dirt out of the power supply and cooling fans? Normally a computer just shuts down when it gets to hot, but electronics is strange creatures at times. If it's been a while, I suggest you do it outside as the resulting dust cloud can be spectacular.
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I'm seeing some congruous suggestions associated with power supply.