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have to 'reset' button to restart

by ust1268 / January 31, 2009 12:08 AM PST

XP Home SP3
250GB HDD (new)
Stealth ATI Radeon PCI (new)
450W PSU (new)

At first it seemed the old graphics card was the problem, but then it went back to old habits, so I replaced the HDD because I noticed the HDD indicator light was not flashing at all - that didn't make any difference; same with the PSU.

I've updated the BIOS, Graphics drivers, ran the Intel trouble shooting wizard, and this is driving me crazy! It still doesn't like to reboot after it's been running for more than an hour. Sometimes hitting the 'reset' button will do it, sometimes not.

Any other ideas?

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oh yeah..
by ust1268 / January 31, 2009 12:10 AM PST

forgot to say that the CPU is a Celeron 2.93

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Links about the BAD CAPS problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 2:48 AM PST
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re: bad caps
by ust1268 / January 31, 2009 9:27 AM PST

Thanks Bob!
The first thing I looked at when I opened the case was the mobo and caps - they looked great, almost new - I was amazed how clean it was for the age of the computer. Now, after reading some of the articles and a closer look, some of the smaller caps DO look a little grungy and I'm calling Intel on Monday. Believe me, I've spent a lot of time researching this and this was the first real help I found.

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You gave the best clue when you wrote.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2009 9:47 AM PST
In reply to: re: bad caps

"It still doesn't like to reboot after it's been running for more than an hour. Sometimes hitting the 'reset' button will do it, sometimes not."

That's a classic symptom of the BAD CAP issue. The capacitors recover a little after warming up. It's an annoying problem with an interesting story of corporate espionage and a bungled formula.

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the best clue
by ust1268 / January 31, 2009 10:17 AM PST

Thanks, I'll file that away for future reference. It was a good day after all - I learned something!

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