Tip: If you are asking for help to troubleshoot a computer-related problem, please be sure to include all the necessary information (ie: operating system, model number, hardware, software, etc) that will help others identify your problem for a speedy resolution.
You supplied a very short list of what's in that machine. Such items as BAD MOTHERBOARD CAPACITORS can be a factor as well as the usual OVERTAXED POWER SUPPLY THAT HAS FINALLY BEGUN TO FAIL.
I'd test fit a 450 Watt power supply and look for the bad capacitor issue as well as try the heat test. Remove the cover and point a fan at the machine. If the problem subsides, then you either have a failing fan/heatsink or a heat sensitive component. Such heat sensitive components are often on a card or even a motherboard and are great fun to track down. The end user is often upset that the motherboard or card is replaced.
I currently have an AMD Athlon 1.4Ghz, ALi ALiMagiK 1 chipset, IWill Award Bios, 128MB Nvidia AGP video card, 512MB DDR ram, 2HD, CDR, DVD. I am running Windows XP Pro.
I've had this computer for almost 2 years or so wIthout any issues. A few months ago it looked like the lithium battery on the MB was starting to go. On every reboot it asked if I wanted to update the iWill smart settings in the BIOS.
A few weeks ago, the computer started to randomly reboot. Sometimes it would reboot in repeatedly and then remain stable.
I recently rebooted the machine to reset some setting on my router and now it keeps rebooting after startup. Usually within 10-15 seconds of seeing my desktop, it will reboot again...and again.
I've had some success working in Safe Mode, but even there it has rebooted a couple of times.
I then replaced the litium battery on the MB... still rebooting.
I checked my error log while in safe mode and it gave the following mesaage:
AMLI: ACPI BIOS is attempting to write an illegal IO Port Address (0x70), which lies in the 0x70-0x71 protected address range..
I checked with the Microsoft website and it said the solution is to update you BIOS. After going to the IWILL website, it looks like that I am already up to date with the most recent version.
I checked for any ACPI setting in the BIOS and couldn't find any mention of it there.
Does anyone have an idea what is causing this error or what I could do to solve it?
I even switched out each RAM to see if either of them were bad.
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!!