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Restarts By Itself!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BML, Jan 24, 2002.

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  1. BML

    BML Thread Starter

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    Another strange problem has come up. My computer will suddenly and without warnings, restart itself!

    All the fans are operating. I installed SANDRA and here is some info I have, my CPU Temp is holding steady at 49.7 degrees c., system temp is about 78 degrees f, core voltage is 1.80v, CPU fan speed is 4688rpm; system memory is 41% free, total system memory is 80% free.

    It happened at different times. Once, while i was in the process of transferring files from one drive to the other using "copy" in windows explorer; another time while Norton Speed Disk was optimizing a drive, and the most recent while I was online in Yahoo Chat. Nothing else was running in the background except Norton Anti Virus at the time.

    No warning. Screen goes black and then the bootup screen comes up. Any suggestions?? I was thinking that these occurances were during periods of memory load. Is there a way to do a "test" and create a memory load and see if it is stable?
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Memory overload will not cause this; but, bad memory chips will, also bad motherboards.

    Really, the field is wide open on this one. It could be anything in the line of bad hardware. The items I would suspect, in the order of my experience are as follows:
    1. Bad memory
    2. Bad main board
    3. Bad processor
    4. Others have reported bad drivers for exotic (other than plain-jane) video cards.

    Overheating usually causes freeze-ups, not spontaneous reboots.

    Send me a mail with H0013 (those are zeros) as the subject. You will receive a free memory test utility back by autoresponse.
     
  3. chiqantony

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    as i do agree it might be a hardware problem sometimes i advise to reinstall window
    some viruses cause this
    lets say 80 % could be a hardware problem and 20 % from window just try
    keep in mind that there are programs which auotmaticly restart or off the pc
     
  4. richardp

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    Get a new processor fan because your CPU temperature is extremly hot. Athlon XPs get hot easily if you don't have a decent fan
     
  5. BML

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    What temp should a Athlon 1600XP be running at? I looked all over AMD's site and can't find it.
     
  6. BML

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    whelp, last night I pulled the box up on my table and opened her up. I removed the RAM stick. With my flashlight I noticed a small wisp of dust near where the RAM was seated. i took a can of air and thoroughly blasted the DIMM slots and the RAM contacts, and then re-seated it in the slot.

    I put it all back together and powered up about 11:30 last night, i ran a couple games (including Flight Sim - i still cant land the damn 737!), did a little surfin', some email, and then left it run a memtest while I slept. This morning it hadn't finished the test yet because i think the computer itself went to sleep, but it did not re-start because the memtest is not set to execute upon start. i shut the system down at 2:30 this afternoon after some more surfin' and some downloading. That's about 15 hours straight with no restarts.

    Perhaps i have solved the problem? i am hoping...and hoping..... I'll keep you posted.
     
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