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PC automatically restarts when movie dvds are inserted.

by androklis / December 14, 2005 6:46 PM PST

Hello everybody,
I have a rather awkward problem most of the times I try to watch a movie in my PC. The moment I insert the dvd disk in and starts to read then all of a sudden the pc automatically restarts.
I have a Pentium 4 in 3.0 GHz with Windows XP home, 512 MB Ram, 80GB Hard drive, LiteOn dvd-RW, and a VGA 128MB PCI-express.

The problem doesn?t appear in all dvd movies but in the majority of those. With common dvd (software content) and CDs there is no problem at all.


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I recently fixed one like that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 14, 2005 9:36 PM PST

It turned out to be the sound driver. This one had driven many tech insane as all CDs worked as well as MP3s and many DVDs.

I will NOT dive into the gritty details but the theory is the DVD used the 5.1 stereo portion of the audio driver and that is where I guess the flaw was.

Finding the latest driver was not easy since it was some OEM motherboard by Fujitsu-Siemans. But a little sleuthing and we found it.

Your issue sounds oh so familiar.


PS. And yes, the Microsoft Update Driver button announced it had the latest drivers. I wonder if they'll ever fix that.

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PSUs for P4s
by marcmatics / December 15, 2005 3:05 AM PST

if your Processor isnt getting enough power from your Power Supply Unit then your system will reboot itself under the strain.
P4 3.0Ghz CPUs draw quite a lot of power so if you continue to have this problem later in life then I would look at upgrading your PSU........

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