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auto re boot

by Marine / July 1, 2004 9:12 PM PDT

Hi there everyone,

This is my first message. Thanks for your interest.

I am running XP Professional and whenever the screensaver is runing my computer randomly re boots itself...very annoying. Can anybody help me??



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Re: auto re boot
by Yew / July 1, 2004 9:16 PM PDT
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The usual causes for these kinds of things are heat build up or inadequate power on the part of the power supply.

Can't really tell you which without more details.

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Re: auto re boot
by Marine / July 1, 2004 9:32 PM PDT
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Thanks for that. The problem is it only happens when the screensaver is working and then only randomly.

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I agree. Looks like heat or power.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 10:57 PM PDT
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Screensavers actually run the CPU at full tilt, the CPU warms up and you may see it reset, then reboot. If the machine wasn't fitted with proper cooling or had just a big enough power supply, the problem also occurs.

To see if its heat, I remove the case cover.

Yes, the problem can be random.

Yes, it can be drivers, but read this URL:

"Frequently users blame problems like this on sloppily programmed drivers or hardware mined with errors.

But often it turns out that the power supply unit is simply no longer enough for the upgrade and the associated power requirements. The result is sporadic system failures due to unstable power delivery."

After that read why I add 100 more Watts to the power calculation at


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''Get'' and EVENT message.
by Cursorcowboy / July 2, 2004 1:55 AM PDT
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1. The article [Q307973] suggests that users configure the actions that Windows takes when a severe error (also called a fatal system error, or Stop error) occurs. Also, please read the article, "A Description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP (Q315222)," for accessing a system that will not boot normally.

2. The article [Q308427] states that an "event" is any significant occurrence in the system or in a program that requires users to be notified or an entry be added to one of three logs that can help identify and diagnose the source of current system problems, or help predict potential system problems.

3. The article [Q314084] describes how to gather more information about an error message using Pstat.exe, a Resource Kit utility run from the command line that gives a picture of the processes and drivers that are currently running.

4. If you identify an applicable error code, access the TechNet "Windows XP Events and Errors" page and enter either the "Source" or the "Error Code". -- the two most important items of information concerning an Event.

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