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Restarting PC driving me mad

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Riempie, Sep 14, 2003.

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  1. Riempie

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    I have a AMD XP1700 cpu on a Asus A7N266VM Motherboard with 256 mb ram running XP Proffesional.
    Everythin was running fine but lately when playing a game the pc restarted by itself.Now the pc even began restarting when writing cd's and even when just browsing with explorer.

    I checked the cpu temperature when it restarted but that was fine.
    What could cause this strange behaviour and how do I correct this ??
     
  2. zeddy

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    Have you checked in system tools, system info, Dr Watson what errors are being logged?
     
  3. Riempie

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    Dr Watson did not find anything unusual.
     
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    I forgot to say that I dual boot wth Win98. It seems the restarting only occur in Win98 and not as much in WinXP
     
  5. zeddy

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    In win98 is there anything showing up in device manager - i.e IRQ sharing devices such as USB, video card etc.

    In the bios are you using non PnP operating system?
     
  6. Firah

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    Since it's happening in both OS, then it's likely a hardware problem. Faulty RAM could be one cause.

    Run http://www.memtest86.com/

    though swapping out the memory is a more certain determination, in my opinion.

    Also, in Win XP, uncheck 'Automatically restart' in system properties> advanced> Startup & Recovery. The error message that appears instead of it shutting down might give you a clue.
     
  7. Riempie

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    Did swop the ram with new ones but it is still happening.
    The restarting mostly occur in win 98 and not in WinXp
     
  8. Firah

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    Next I would focus on the power supply. Can you swap it out with a known good one?

    You could test it also, but that has to be done when it's connected, which will be more troublesome.
     
  9. zeddy

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    Can you try the "software" questions - Firah I dont follow the logic of it being a hardware issue if it is not happening in both OS.
     
  10. Firah

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    zeddy, I was trying to eliminate hardware causes, while you were covering the software angle, clutching at his statements of 'not as much in WinXP', and 'mostly occur in win 98.

    I may be wrong, of course, but let's hear what Riempie has to say. :)
     
  11. PlUc

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    i had the same problem.system kept shutting down i downloaded a fix..the name of it is WINDOWSXP-KB823980-X86-ENU.....it worked for me
     
  12. zeddy

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    A worm virus patch fixed the problem?
     
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