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Question machine is re-booting for no reason

It is most likely going to be a hardware problem but I do not have a clue what it could be. At random times it will just shut off and re-boot without me doing anything to it. Sometimes it may be two or three days before it shuts off and then one day it may do it five times in less than ten minutes. Could there be any other clues I should notice that would help me identify what is jacked up?

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-18-2003, 07:41 AM
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What version of Microsoft Windows are you running

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try reading the event log, if it has one.... I'm sure someone is windows savvy here

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The randomness of the reboot would point to a hardware problem, but check the event logs to see if something is evident right before the reboot.

Its pretty easy in the event log to tell when it rebooted unexpectedly. Usually one or two things will say something like "recovering from unexpected shutdown".
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My first guess is heat related. Get a util that will allow you to monitor the CPU temp from windows and keep an eye on it.

Lots of things can cause that though. Might take a while to track it down. Ground problems, vid cards, memory, mobo can all cause that.

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I think I already have it narrowed down and I didn't have to buy any parts yet. I took the case cover off and the processor fan is making some sick sounds so I am gonna watch it for a while and see if it slows down any or stops.
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Aye, sounds like a heat issue then.

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Well shit. I installed a utility to monitor the processor temp. and fan speed but it ran fine all night long with no heating issues. It didn't even do its re-booting thing all night so who knows what the problem is.
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Is this an HP computer?

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nah...... It was one I bought from a computer parts store and they put it together. It has a Jetway motherboard and an AMD Athalon (sp?) processor but that is about all I can tell you off the top of my head because it has been so long since I have paid any attention to it. Tonight I will get the details of what all is in it and post it up.
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Try stripping it down as far as you can, blow out all of the dust bunnies, reseat all chips, clean edge connectors with electrical cleaner, reseat the CPU, and reassemble. Heat cycles tend to loosen parts over time and cause intermittant problems like you described.

Another thing to try (if you have more than one stick of memory) is to only install one memory stick and if the problem happens again switch to the other memory stick. This can narrow down a ram problem.
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Try stripping it down as far as you can, blow out all of the dust bunnies, reseat all chips, clean edge connectors with electrical cleaner, reseat the CPU, and reassemble. Heat cycles tend to loosen parts over time and cause intermittant problems like you described.

Another thing to try (if you have more than one stick of memory) is to only install one memory stick and if the problem happens again switch to the other memory stick. This can narrow down a ram problem.
I finally got around to doing this and I think it may have solved the problem. It was re-booting every 20 - 30 minutes when I was trying to read and send a bunch of emails so I finally said "FUCKIT" and took it apart to reseat everything. I blew out as much dust as possible and powered back it back up about three hours ago and it hasn't fucked up yet.


EDIT: As soon as I posted this message it re-booted.

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I just went through this and it turned out to be a failing power supply. Not saying thats what it is, but that was the problem with mine....Good Luck!
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I just went through this and it turned out to be a failing power supply. Not saying thats what it is, but that was the problem with mine....Good Luck!
Another buddy of mine, who has the same processor and I beleive the same mother board, was having the same problem and solved it by replacing the power supply so I am gonna give that a shot first.
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I have a friend of mine that has a HP with XP Home and it does the same thing from time to time. It just reboots. I sent the report thing that comes up to microsoft and they were working on the problem. But did not have a fix at that time??

I hate XP.....
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