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Small Business Server 2000 shutting down after ~5 minutes of uptime

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I am looking at a server for a client that is running SBS 2000.  This server is automatically shutting down after like 5 minutes of running.  It will stay up forever in Safe Mode, but when logged in as a user, it will just click off after 5-10 minutes.  It does not restart and there is no shutdown process, it just clicks off.   I can't figure it out.  I am moving everything from it to another server for now but would still like to resolve this.

My first thought was the PSU, but since it will stay up in Safe Mode, I kind of ruled this out.

Possibility of a virus?

Any thoughts?   Thanks...
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by:k_romych
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have you upgraded motherboard firmware?
What was the latest software you installed?
What is in event log?
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by:uescomp
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I would pull the dump files and check them out to see if anything is causing the crash, you can use whocrashed to view the files

http://www.resplendence.com/whocrashed

Otherwise try taking a peak at the little stuff (ram, expanded caps on the motherboard, hard drives)
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by:sciggs
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Server hasn't had any software/hardware changes in months.

Since it is just clicking off, there is nothing in the Event logs and it's not writing any dump files.
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by:timbrading
ID: 35149962
Are the fans OK?  If there is some hardware monitoring software installed, it may shut the power off to save it from overheating if a fan has failed.  

Booting in safe mode would stop the software from running.

Perhaps use MSCONFIG on the server to temporarily stop some software from running (if you have time between power offs).
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by:sciggs
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MSCONFIG will not run for SBS 2000, correct?
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by:timbrading
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I forget my Win2K history - sorry.

Look in the registry at HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and see what is listed to start (if anything).

If there anything in the systray to do with diags?


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by:sciggs
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Nothing unusual there.  A couple of audio programs and Clamware.

No, nothing there.
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sciggs earned 0 total points
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Turns out it was the processor fan.  

A piece of plastic was broken off of the side that was not letting it securely sit on the processor.  Haha.  It took forever to notice that was the problem.  Oh well, we replaced it with a spare and got it up and running later that day.  Thanks for the input.
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