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Thread: Computer Just Stared Rebooting

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    OK, my computer's pretty old but it's not that bad...

    AMD K6-2 500MHz
    SOYO 5EMA+ m/board
    256MB PC100 SDRAM
    15GB HDD
    3dfx Voodoo3 2000
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    Windows XP sp1


    Just recently it has started rebooting (ie. as if I am pressing the reset button) when the computer is under heavy stress - eg. when gaming or converting mp3s.
    Anyone got any ideas as to what's causing this? My first thought is overheating, but why would I start having problems now after years of running stably?

  2. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    I have the same problem sometimes. Im running AMD 1000mhz and when it restarts understress. I thought overheating as when it got to 49 it restarted its self and I noticed its done it twice at that temperature. If you find a cure send it my way too please Lamsey!

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    Go to Start>Control Panel>System>Advanced>Startup and Recovery - settings>Remove the check mark in System Failure [ ] Automatically restart.

    Now when you load your system... It will not restart but it will give you an error message. You can then use that error message to diagnose the problem.

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    Thank you Somebody1234! Will try this later when it's not so very, very late!

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    hi i have had this problem before after buying new h/d and motherboard (from recomendation of so called pc specialist )i found the problem to be the ram. spent 200 on a 50 fix good luck

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    Originally posted by Lamsey@3 June 2003 - 20:17
    Anyone got any ideas as to what's causing this? My first thought is overheating, but why would I start having problems now after years of running stably?
    The cpu and video card fans may have filled up with dust/grit over the years and it's making them less effective.

    A good cleaning might help...

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    kick the thing!

    Or make yourself a lovely shiny new computer and give that one to me! (after you've fixed it...)


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    Three main causes for a spontaneous restart:

    Ram failure- diagnose with DocMem from simtel. (posted in software today) A major source of blue screens in win9x

    PowerSupply problem- Do you ever smell burning rubber or is there a lot of heat coming from the exhaust?

    Extremely incompatable software- normally though you'd get a dump message or blue screen with this.

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
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    OK, I did what Somebody1234 said, and I got a blue screen instead of a reboot.

    Here is what it said:
    Originally posted by The Blue Screen Of Death
    A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    .....
    .....
    .....

    STOP: 0x0000000A (0x0000031C, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x804F1542)

    Contact your system administrator for details.

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
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    ah my old enemy, the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL screen, I take it your using XP? Get yourself service pack one, worked for me, install and watch your prob float away......

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