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My computer randomly restarts for no reason.

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by Mole55, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. Mole55

    Mole55 Guest

    Can somone help me, my computer just randomly restarts and sometimes when i get back to the desktop it says your computer has recovered from a serious error.
    someone please help me
     
  2. Mik3h

    Mik3h Regular member

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    You'r not the only one there. EXACTLY the same happens to me and it's a bugger as I do things that take a while. I was shrinking down a movie, 4 hours later - 98% restarted. I could have chucked the thing outta the window..

    Any Help Guys?
     
  3. Mole55

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    Mik3h I know, i was downloading a file for my pc that took like 5 hours and at 94% it restarted. I was sooo mad. I really want to fix this problem.
     
  4. Auslander

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    well, for most of your restarts, i would say it's an overheating issue. but someone with much more knowledge in this area will come along soon and help you out. i am curious as to what operating system you are running, what processor, how many fans, etc? some basic information may be of use to those who will attempt to diagnose your problem.
     
  5. Mole55

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    well my pc is compaq presario, my system is windows xp, i think i have one medium sized fan.
     
  6. DynoO

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    i dont think its over heating it just started happening 2 like 10 people i know and a few computers in my dads car dealership..it seems like some freeky shits happening it started all at once
     
  7. Mole55

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    Well, this was happening to me a few months ago and i was so sick of it that i just formated my whole pc and started fresh. it stopped happening until now.
     
  8. DynoO

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    i just started rehappening like 2 weeks ago?
     
  9. Mole55

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    about 1 week ago.
     
  10. wdowsing

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    Its the same for me at work, im happerly (well i say happerly) when the thing just restarts and losses all my work, and seems to happen 2 mins b4 my boss comes in and tells me off 4 doing nothin, ne ideas, pretty sure its not overheating either
     
  11. Mole55

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    Ya I am pretty sure mine isnt overheating either.
     
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    im not too sure what the problem is but have ran any spyware removal tools or any antivirus tools ? some times viruses and spyware have been known to crash computers . if you dont think its hardware related than it could very well be viruses or spyware .
     
  13. mesh

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    OK, It could be a few things.

    Power supply- A common culprit for random restarting, if power supply is bad replace immediatley, when power supplys go out, they tend to take your motherboard and ram with them to the grave.

    Overheating is a possibility, take the cover off your case and run the computer for several days, make sure its being ventilated, if the problem improves or goes away there is your solution, add more fans and a better heatsink for the processor.

    Its also possible you could have a virus, make sure you have anti-virus software up to date and scan your system, viruses like msblast and its hundreds of variants like netsky would cause systems to restart.
     
  14. wdowsing

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    at work a few months ago we had a netsky virus, so that would make sense
     
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    run ad-aware se & spybot s&d for spyware, run avg7(free version) besides your antivirus program & also do an online scan with www.antivirus.com free housecall for viruses. empty your windows cookies, temp & temporary internet folders first before running programes. check your msconfig/startup for things not to be there
     
  16. Mole55

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    Thanks, ill start to scan my pc, and look for the spyware stuff.
     
  17. DynoO

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    i dunno if thats it i scanned for virus' nothing 3 diff progs...i did spyware/adwear scan..3 progs and nothing fixed it...i dunno if someone finds something post it
     
  18. Divinus

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    Most of the time the PSU (Power Supply Unit) is the culprit when people are "randomly restarting" for no reason. It could also be heat related but doubtful.

    You say you guys have checked for a virus, so I'm guessing your PSU is overheating and restarting or it's not giving you enough power on a certain line(s).

    Those of you that are having the weird restart problem... Could you guys post what brand of PSU you have as well as it's wattage. Also, all the hardware that's connected to your computer.
     
  19. Mole55

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    Um could you please tell me where I can find the info on my pcu. Also, I have bluetooth wireless, asus video card, and wireless internet card.
     
  20. wdowsing

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    right should b on the psu itself, i have nothin extra just mointer on the motherboard, mouse, keyboard, and lan, thats it. PSU should be albe to cope fine.
     

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