I inherited a machine (specs unknown) which I formatted and installed Windows 2008 Server on, plus some ASP.NET (WCF) services, back in March. All went well, until today, the machine randomly died.
When I boot it, I see these symptoms:
- Error message that CMOS/BIOS date/time is not correct and not set
- The machine starts loading Windows
- Seconds after the mouse appears, the computer shuts down
- The computer does not power on until I turn off the PSU power, and turn it back on
I tried both normal Windows, and Safe Mode (without networking) -- got the same results. (Occasionally, the CMOS does not re-reset during this cycle.)
I would like to fix this, but I'm assuming that's impossible, short of replacing parts; how can I figure out what the point of failure is?
Also, it's not a Dell, so I don't have access to any information about the hardware specs (particularly the age).
Update: Some days it boots, and some days it fails.