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Intermittent Reboot

by Jradamsinc / May 21, 2006 8:31 AM PDT

My system - Older Dell Windows 98- upgrade 120 GB HD/384 RAM Windows XP Home.II also upgraded to a Sounblaster card and a 32 MB ATI Rage 128 ultra video card. AntiVir Personal Edition Anti Virus with Peer Guardian2 and Windows Firewall.
My system has run very well but now it seems to be cutting out and rebooting at least once per session. Could this be an indication that the mother board is going? I had a problem with my mouse freezing up about a month ago but that problem no longer exists. Gremlins in the system. I've run Ewido, Adaware,and Spysweeper and my system is clean. Is there a possibility of another conflict I should be looking into? As always your advice is top notch.
Thank you

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Or something doesn't like the heat, driver, etc.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2006 8:35 AM PDT
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My first response (after scanning) is to remove the case cover and see if it gets better. I'll also clear the EVENT VIEWER and wait for a reboot to see what shows up.


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by Jradamsinc / June 4, 2006 9:02 AM PDT

I've opened it up, cleaned it out again, I do this about once a month. The fan is running fine. It still does this with the cover off. I've run every anti-virus possible. I think it may be an issue of configurations or compatibility?
This did not happen when I intially installed the new cards etc. How do I open the event viewer and what would I be looking for?

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About Event Viewer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 4, 2006 11:58 PM PDT
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How to open it is noted in Start, Help and Support as well as To speed up finding what this issue is, please don't wait for replies here but look at the help and to speed up the process.

What I look for in the Event Viewer are clues to the reboot. For instance my son's PC would do a random reboot and I lucked out after clearing the Event Viewer, it rebooted and I found a CRYPTIC entry but it did mention something about a sound driver. I found an updated sound driver and that fixed that one.

There is no do-this cure in most cases but to look for clues where ever you can find them. It's also very important to use resources such as Start, Help and


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by ask4anu / June 4, 2006 9:22 AM PDT
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a computer rebooting buy it self is A(hacker) B(POWER SUPPLY UNIT IS SHOT and you can only get a replacement at dell and while you are replacing things replace that dinosuar of a computer you got to something more up to date if you can afford to you will thank yourself every minute you use your new WAY FASTER MACHINE if you can not afford a new system then you will have to replace PSU for sure and that means sending your computer back to dell because unless you are CERTIFIED COMPUTER TECH any changes you make will VOID any WARRENTY u may have....... good luck

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Yes that could be the problem
by slick62 / June 4, 2006 9:37 AM PDT

Dell, HP and some other known computer's brand usually uses PSU (Power Supply) with no more than 240-265 Watts. That is really poor power when you have to handle any GPU (Graphic processor unit) out there in the market. actually recommendations for a regular GPU is at least 150 watts PSU. So you could think about what could happen when your hardware start consuming power from your PSU. Specially when you are running games or when you are multitasking (almost always) in your system. if you add the power processor will consume when hard working+ GPU power use + CD Drive(s)+ all the other hardware that will give you at least a 300 PSU... Do the math and check your system specs...

Hope this help

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Thank You All
by Jradamsinc / June 7, 2006 9:30 AM PDT

Yes I do have a dinasaur of a system but cash flow isn't great these days. I cleared the event viewer and there was an unknown driver that came up. Once I cleared it , it hasn't crashed in a few days though I'm not sure if that did the trick. I slao went into msconfig and and muted the Windows applications and found a thing or two in there that should not have been there and running. So thank you all again.

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