I have(my wifes) a Dell Inspiron 8600 that wants to power (hard) with no reason or notice.
CPU: 1.5G; Ram: 2G; 160G HD; Windows XP Prof
Its episodes have become more frequent. During the last week or two, ran Dell Diag, cleaned the fan and fins, added thermal paste to the CPU, and replaced the HD. Signs somewhat indicated it to be a problem. Thank God for Ghost. The PC started getting blue screen on boot up with volume errors. With as many hard shutdowns as it was getting, no wonder&
I have not been able to isolate the problem any further. I ran memory test that took over 7 hours and I just finished a HD scan that took 2 hours. Never had a shutdown during these tests. I removed the battery (still out) as well as one memory simm (still out) to see if there are issues. I plan on running multiple apps once I post this problem to look for apps involvement but do not expect to find anything. The event viewer doesnt catch anything.
In a EE article (ID:22128764) it was mentioned it could be the CMOS battery. Is there a way to determine if it is the problem? As for the motherboard, I am not getting any beeps or abnormal flickering in the LEDs.
My wife is going out of town on WED so troubling shooting time is running out.
Can anyone offer advice??