Desktops forum

General discussion

computer restarts automatically and freezes up

by ds199 / December 28, 2005 9:46 AM PST

i have a custom built pc, running windows xp sp2, intel celeron 1.4ghz (overclocked to 1.7ghz), and i can be surfing the web, checking email or whatever and the computer will restart itself. i also got another problem with the computer freezing up, it seems to only happen while im surfing the web and when it does, i cant do anything with it, control, alt, delete doesnt work, i have to press the restart button on the front of the computer case. i usually use internet explorer, but if i use mozilla firefox it doesnt seem to freeze up as much. ive done a complete format of both my hard drives and reinstalled xp and it still does this. please help.

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: computer restarts automatically and freezes up
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: computer restarts automatically and freezes up
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
freeze
by ddbpack / December 28, 2005 10:14 AM PST

how much memory do u have?

Collapse -
memory
by ds199 / December 28, 2005 10:19 AM PST
In reply to: freeze

512 mb of ram

Collapse -
computer specs
by ds199 / December 28, 2005 10:53 AM PST
In reply to: freeze

intel celeron 1.4 GHZ processor
512MB ram
Soyo TISU motherboard
windows XP SP2
nvidia geforce mx4000 (128MB)
on board audio
western digital 13GB hard drive
maxtor 30GB hard drive
sony 48x/24x/48x cdr/rw
sony 16x dvd+r/-r
realtek 10/100mbps ethernet

Collapse -
Could be PSU.
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / December 28, 2005 11:43 AM PST
In reply to: computer specs

Try another PSU and see if the problem continues. The freezing might be related to spyware/viruses. Run scanners and see what pops up.

Collapse -
i was thinking the same thing
by ds199 / December 28, 2005 1:33 PM PST
In reply to: Could be PSU.

the power supply is about 7 years old, its a dell psu, i think its around 200 watt or so.
ive ran spyware/virus and nothing comes up.

thanks for the help.

Collapse -
7 Years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / December 28, 2005 1:59 PM PST

Wow, that is old. Random resets; hmmmm seems to me the power supply is going bad. Try to borrow a power supply and see if that helps. Try the computer for a day with the new power supply and check for any problems. If the problem continues, then it could be something else.

Collapse -
thanks
by ds199 / December 28, 2005 10:36 PM PST

thanks for the help, ill give it a try

Collapse -
Also
by Eddiefromalienwarecomps / December 29, 2005 1:33 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

Try to reseat the RAM. I recall someone had a similar problem like yours and the solution was to reseat the RAM. Try to take out the RAM out of its slender socket and put it back in. Make sure you have your computer all updated with the latest drivers, BIOS, and also make sure everything is set in place and is secure like wires.

Collapse -
computer restarting while surfing the web
by alanmissy / January 4, 2006 10:21 AM PST

'Had the same problem running Windows XP. Sounds like a USB port conflict. If your printer and cable modem are both on USB ports and you have ethernet capability on your computer, try switching the from the USB cable and port to the ethernet cable and RJ-45 port. Be sure to enable the ethernet connection on your hardware manager. It fixed my problem.

Collapse -
computer restarting while surfing the web
by alanmissy / January 4, 2006 10:24 AM PST

'Had the same problem running Windows XP. Sounds like a USB port conflict. If your printer and cable modem are both on USB ports and you have ethernet capability on your computer, try switching from the USB cable and port to the ethernet cable and RJ-45 port. Be sure to enable the ethernet connection on your hardware manager. It fixed my problem.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Help 47,885 discussions
icon
Computer Newbies 10,322 discussions
icon
iPhones, iPods, & iPads 3,188 discussions
icon
Security 30,333 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 20,177 discussions
icon
HDTV Picture Setting 1,932 discussions
icon
Phones 15,713 discussions
icon
Windows 7 6,210 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 14,510 discussions

Big stars on small screens

Smosh tells CNET what it took to make it big online

Internet sensations Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla discuss how YouTube has changed and why among all their goals, "real TV" isn't an ambition.