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Today I was viewing a forum online, and all of a sudden Windows 98 reboots automatically. This was very strange. I scanned my computer for viruses using the latest virus updates, but no viruses were found. What is the cause of Windows rebooting automatically?
 
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Run DRWATSON which should capture what application and the event causing the reboot. Post what is reported and we will try to help.
 
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I know an overworked powersupply will sometimes cut out and cause the system to re-boot, used to happen in one of my old computers when second cd drive I added would spin up at the same time as the other one.
 

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OK I ran DR. Watson and this is all that appeared in the "Diagnosis" box:


"Dr. Watson found nothing obviously unusual."
 
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Is it rebooting often and if so how long does it run before this happens? There are many reasons for this to happen, heat is one, processor will shut down the computer if it get too hot.
 

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No it doesn't reboot often. In fact, this only happend to me on two times. It happend earlier in the year, and it happend today. I leave my PC all the time. When I do leave it on, it's mostly in 'Stand by' mode. But today I didn't have it in stand by mode.
 
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You might pull the cover and look inside and see if there is a lot of lint built up. My buddies computer did the same thing and it turned out that his heatsink was clogged with lint causing the overheating of the cpu and thus causing the system to shutdown.
Just a thought. It is just a process of elimination here.
 
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Good ideas John. Also check that all fans are clean and working. Some CPU's have a fan as well, check it.
 
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