recently my computer has been randomly crashing. but suddenly today it wont even stay on for more than a few minutes. all i can really say about the crash is that it happens no matter what im doing. the keyboard and mouse cut out, the monitors freeze at the last image and all i hear is white noise from the speakers.
the only real clue i have is that the motherboard "cpu error" light is on
I can boot into the bios. but it still crashes after 1-5 minutes of being on (it sometimes crashes while im still in the bios)
ive tried: resetting the bios, switching out the graphics card.
i guess my overall question is, do you think this is a CPU issue or a motherboard issue?? or something completely different
note: this all started when the computer was turned off for a longer than normal period of time.
When you're in the BIOS, what does it say about the CPU temp? Maybe it's shutting itself down because it's too hot. Also, is there ever a BSOD or does it just freeze? If there is no BSOD, it could very well be a faulty power supply, or perhaps your power cord has been jiggled out a little bit.