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Dell Dimension shuts down. HDD LED blinks amber

I have a Dell Dimension 2400 running Windows XP Pro SP 1a.  It's all Dell standard stuff.  No extras.  In the middle of working (doing anything) it will instantly shut down as if hibernating and the HDD LED on the front panel blinks amber.  After that I cant power up or down by pressing the power button once.  I can only press and hold to the power button to force-shutdown completely so that I can power back up.  The cycle repeats itself whenever it feels like it when ever it wants.
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eveljkovCommented:
check to see if the fan over the processor is spinning.  it may be overheating.
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Brian CoughterOwnerAuthor Commented:
ah.  good idea.
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nobusCommented:
When you are opening the box, check that ALL fans are spinning, remove dust and check for cables that are badly seated. Check the Power supply fan also.
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Brian CoughterOwnerAuthor Commented:
Well the fans all work, components are seated well and it's clean.  It's been up now for about 17 hours with no problems.  However, I've had the case cover off.  I also ran an Ad-Aware scan and removed 104 objects.  Maybe some bug was causing the prob.  I am running Registry Mechanic now and I have yet to run a virus scan.  I'll let you all know later on today.
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nobusCommented:
well, i sggest you try these :

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/                       online scan for trojans
http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/

After that, you can still post your HijackThis log here, if you suspect more bad guys on your system
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Brian CoughterOwnerAuthor Commented:
I use McAfee VirusScan 8.0i Enterprise.
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nobusCommented:
yes, but they do not catch everything; try it, you'll see....
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Brian CoughterOwnerAuthor Commented:
Well, I imagine that everyone's DATs and scans are slightly different.  I've actually found that McAfee has caught more than any other package.  I suppose if one truely were the best, the rest would be out of business.
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