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by LOSTinPCs / January 29, 2006 5:29 PM PST

Ok, here's the deal. I decided to build a cheap, but quick system recently, and I just got it together a couple days ago... It has a L4VXA2 motherboard, with a 20GB HD (temporary), 512MB of RAM, a NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 16MB 2/3D XP AGP VIDEO card, a 2.5GHz Celeron processor, a NEC DVD-RW drive, and a 300W Rosewill power supply.

I've tried to install Windows XP, and when the setup gets to the point of "starting windows", the computer will restart. Out of nowhere, it just shutsdown and starts back up. I tried installing Windows 98 also, but it does the same thing!!! I didn't spend a LOT of money on this system, but I spent enough to where I would LOVE to be able to use it. How do I stop this???


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by strickjh2005 / January 29, 2006 8:47 PM PST
In reply to: HELP!!!!!!

I know this sounds silly.. try removing the CD rom and any floppy devices and try agian.

Your PSU may be to blam. And BTW< the vid card is awful. That thing has crappy little render lines everywhere no matter what resolution or refresh.

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300 Watt PSU.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2006 11:24 PM PST
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Seems like something like weak legs. I wouldn't have it in my system.


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by LOSTinPCs / January 30, 2006 3:51 AM PST
In reply to: 300 Watt PSU.

I thought 300 watts would be plenty, then again, the last time I built a system, 500MHz was fast Happy I'll get a 4 or 500 this week. As for the video card, I only got it cuz I paid a grand total of $8.00 for it... and I needed a card, so it might not be in there long. Thanks for the help guys, if it doesn't fix the problem, I'll be back.

By the way, I disconnected one dvd drive (still left the NEC connected so that I could boot from the install cd), disconnected the floppy, pulled the modem card, and disconnected the case fan (left the case opened of course), and it still did the same thing... *sigh* thanks again.

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It's not 300 Watts anymore.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2006 3:55 AM PST
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The supply degrades with time plus other parameters may not be met.

The PC will not care if you spent 8$ on this or that, but you can try unplugging parts to see if you can reduce the load.

From your list I'd fit nothing less than a 450 Watt supply.

In closing, even a 450 Watt supply does not deliver 450 Watts. Amazed?


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