[dba-Tech] Digital Senility

Gustav Brock gustav at cactus.dk
Mon Jul 24 12:32:53 CDT 2017

Hi Arthur

It could be a faulty temperature sensor in the power supply or on the motherboard.

There are (free) software tools that will display what the machine thinks about the current condition (heat, voltage, etc.). Can't recall the name, sorry, but that may give you a hint.

Fra: dba-Tech <dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com> på vegne af Arthur Fuller <fuller.artful at gmail.com>
Sendt: 24. juli 2017 19:06:01
Til: Discussion of Hardware and Software issues
Emne: [dba-Tech] Digital Senility

I have an old HP Millenium Edition tower (AMD-64, 5GB RAM, that is near and
dear to me because she's served me well for years and years. But of late
something's gone amiss. It boots up normally but after a while it just
arbitrarily powers down. Even more strangely, occasionally while in that
powered-down state it powers up, all on its own.

I'm guessing that it might be the power supply, but what I know about
hardware wouldn't fill a thimble. I hardly ever use this computer, since my
laptop is way more powerful. I don't want to spend a lot of money fixing
the problem, given current prices for a refurbished computer, but if only
for romantic/historical reasons, I'd like to keep her operational.

Does this symptom sound like a power supply problem? If not, any idea what
might be wrong?


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