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Computer keeps restarting itself.

by hineh / November 24, 2012 3:37 PM PST

Hi. I can turn my computer on and it will stay on for about 20 mins then it will just shut itself off and restart itself. Then it will keep loading and restarting itself over and over and will just keep doing it. Theres
no particular point it gets to before it shuts off, sometimes it will turn on for a second and sometimes it will fully load windows. I do occasionaly get the message "overclocking failed" press f1 to ententer bios or f2 to load defaults. It hasnt been overclocked. I changed the power supply, cleaned the fan, changed the cmos batery because it
was loosing time. Ive tried to turn off automatic restart but i dont see any blue screen or error code and then when i went back to check if i had turned it off the tick was still there. So i unticked it and made sure to save it. But then it happened again the tick was still there. Not sure if thats normal? Also Ive noticed that when i change and save settings in bios the next time i enter bios they have gone back to the default settings.
Im running windows xp with asus motherboard p5vdc-mx. Does anyone know what could be causing this problem?

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by pgc3 / November 25, 2012 1:48 AM PST

Does it do the same thing in SAFE mode??

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computer restarts
by hineh / November 25, 2012 6:18 AM PST
In reply to: Restart

Yes it still does it in safe mode. I managed to do system restore and after that it seemed to work fine but this morning it shut off again.

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Shut down
by pgc3 / November 26, 2012 1:27 AM PST
In reply to: computer restarts

VAPCMD has a point. From the description it sounds as if it MIGHT be heat related. Assuming that this is a desktop, leave the side case(s) off and watch the fans, specifically CPU fan to see if it might be dragging (running slowly) or stopping altogether, it could be something that simple and could create a shut down situation owing to heat build up.

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Have you checked the capacitors for leakage, doming, or
by VAPCMD / November 26, 2012 9:37 AM PST
In reply to: computer restarts

bulging ?

What PSU and video card ?

If you really want ....more detail is required.


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How old is it ? Desktop or laptop ? If's it
by VAPCMD / November 25, 2012 8:27 AM PST

look inside ?

If it were mine, I'd download/run PCWizard and check the system temps....once you download it, install it, run it, then minimize it ...the system temps stay on the screen in the upper right hand corner.


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try the same mode
by ianmagic2 / November 26, 2012 1:47 PM PST

try the safe mode

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My System is Restarting
by bishopayommanuel / November 27, 2012 12:56 AM PST
In reply to: try the same mode

I am facing the same problem with my Asus P7PS. I am running Windows 7 64bit. I need someone to help me out. The motherboard, Processor and RAM is just a year.

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That might be possible but you have probably not read
by VAPCMD / November 27, 2012 9:10 AM PST

any of the many similar posts on 'system restarting' nor provided sufficient information about your system to make anything more than a generic guess.

'til then ...good luck.


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Problem solved?
by hineh / December 4, 2012 8:35 PM PST

After the system restore I updated the bios using the Asus update tool. And since then it hasn't shut itself down.
Thanks for all the advice.

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Hey... good to hear. Was fixing spontaneous restarts listed
by VAPCMD / December 5, 2012 9:38 AM PST
In reply to: Problem solved?

as a problem fixed by the new BIOS ?


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