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Computer Restarts on its own out of nowhere

by kateddorminy / July 28, 2006 11:11 PM PDT

For the last couple days I have been having this issue. All of a sudden my computer goes blank, a blue screen appears for a split second and then it restarts. I can't even read the blue screen it goes by so quick. Is there anyway for me to find out what it is saying? Is there a log somewhere or something?

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How old is the Computer?
by Trance_Zac / July 28, 2006 11:16 PM PDT

This is the first sign of a failing Power Supply, or one that has been overloaded by the addition of a power hungry video card or similar.

First eliminate heat issues by checking / cleaning all fans / vents

Then try a known good PSU

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Brand new
by kateddorminy / July 29, 2006 8:48 AM PDT

Computer is brand new. I built it about a month ago. It has a 500W power supply. I do have a good sized PCIE video card though. But this has only started in the last few days and when I am doing nothing fancy, just surfing or checking email.

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Re:Computer Restarts on its own out of nowhere
by hawker505 / July 28, 2006 11:28 PM PDT

The Following can be helpful:

1.Disable Shadowing in the BIOS setup
2.Right click on My computer->properties->then click the advanced tab->then click settings in the startup and recovery section.In the new window that appears uncheck the following: Send an administrative alert and Automatically restart.

This can only reduce the blue screen.

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Sounds like a home built?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2006 9:22 AM PDT
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Blue Screen
by kateddorminy / July 29, 2006 11:25 PM PDT

Is there any way for me to go back and find out what that blue screen is saying? Is there a way for me to freeze it when it happens so I can read it? It is very long but goes buy very quickly.

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Yes there is.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2006 11:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Blue Screen


Noted in Start, Help and Support with numorous articles on, use that to see what's up.

2. Change the settings of XP to halt rather than reboot.

Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Advanced
In the Startup and Recovery section, click on the "Settings" button to open the Startup and Recovery window. In the System Failure section, uncheck "Automatically restart", Click "Apply", "OK"

(again, widely documented but copied here for your ready use.)


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I got it solved
by kateddorminy / August 8, 2006 1:04 PM PDT

Issue with conflicts between my Maxtor HD and my motherboard running nForce4. Got new firmware from maxtor support and seems to have corected the problem. Thanks for all the help.

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Not quite
by kateddorminy / August 9, 2006 12:26 AM PDT
In reply to: I got it solved

I guess I got one of the blue screens taken care of with that upgrade but I am still having blue screens for NVTCP.SYS. I have sent for help form ASUS but have gotten no reply yet. I am going to try again.

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ASUS should not respond.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2006 4:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Not quite
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