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Auto Reboot

by mklau / February 23, 2004 2:31 PM PST

Can somebody help to solve this why does my computer auto reboot for no reason specialy when playing games ie. WC3? Using win2000, AMD XP2500+, 512RAM, soltek mobo.

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Re:Auto Reboot
by Kees Bakker / February 23, 2004 4:27 PM PST
In reply to: Auto Reboot

Games tend to use the video card, so the usual answer is (a) insufficient or unstable power supply, or (b) heat, or (c) error in the video driver.

Resolution:
(a) Tell more about your machine for a second and more informed opinion. What PSU, how old, what video card, what other devices?
(b) Take the case off and see if that makes any difference
(c) Download latest video card drivers.

Additional cause of concern: compatibility between game and Windows 2000.


Kees

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Re:Auto Reboot = It has a reason.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 23, 2004 8:10 PM PST
In reply to: Auto Reboot

For instance, http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20040122/

You listed only a small list of what's in the machine. To sniff out the heat issue, pull the case cover and point a fan at it.

If you fitted anything less than a monster supply (try 450 Watts) then that is a possible issue.

The list continues with:

1. Outdated BIOS.
2. Agressive BIOS settings.
3. Motherboard capacity issues (read http://www.badcaps.net/ident/ )
4. Other driver issues. Microsoft doesn't install drivers that are current for video, motherboard, other.
5. The OS is out of date. SP4 plus all patches and free of pests with the help of Adaware, Spybot and more.

Even with all that, I've had to set many Athlon FSB settings from 133/266 to 100/200 MHz to see them run stable. If this works for you, then you pester the maker for the warranty issue.

Bob

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