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Server randomly shuts down

I am looking for information on how to diagnose the problem.  Can you tell me where to start looking?  My gut feeling is to look at the power supply, but I don’t want to replace the power supply if that is not my problem.

Server: Dell Poweredge 600SC running Windows Server 2003
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Cam_Man595
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Your first step would be to look in the System Event logs.  There would most likely be an error message.

Jeff
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
www.memtest86.com

this can provide you with a good ram test
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eatmeimadanishCommented:
If it is just clicking off, with no event message except for power loss, replace the powersupply.  Memory usually causes the machine to keep rebooting, and usually results in error messages, motherboard would not allow post, and other devices would reboot the machine with a blue screen.  I am guessing its a powersupply issue.
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Cam_Man595Author Commented:
The machine does restart after it shuts down.  I checked the log and found this entry:


Event Type:      Error
Event Source:      EventLog
Event Category:      None
Event ID:      6008
Date:            6/14/2006
Time:            1:34:49 PM
User:            N/A
Computer:      SERVER3
Description:
The previous system shutdown at 1:30:20 PM on 6/14/2006 was unexpected.
Data:
0000: d6 07 06 00 03 00 0e 00   Ö.......
0008: 0d 00 1e 00 14 00 2c 03   ......,.
0010: d6 07 06 00 03 00 0e 00   Ö.......
0018: 11 00 1e 00 14 00 2c 03   ......,.
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Klint_turneyCommented:
look in system properties>Advanced>Startup and Recovery
and see if Automaticly reboot is selected under System
Failure. It sounds like your server is blue screening and
is set to reboot automaticly when it does.
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eatmeimadanishCommented:
If it is blue screening, there should be an event log message that corresponds.
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shard26Commented:
temorarily disable any anti-virus.  AV kept causing my server to freeze up. I had to download a patch from mcaffee.


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Cam_Man595Author Commented:
I’m going to replace the power supply and see if the problem goes away.
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Cam_Man595Author Commented:
I replaced the power supply and it has stayed running so I am going to assume it is fixed.  Thanks guys.
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eatmeimadanishCommented:
Glad you are working again!
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