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Random black screen reboot problem

Here are my specs

AMD athlon xp 3000
AK79D 400-Max motherboard
512 MB ddr400 ram
2 HD
DVD burner

So this just started randomly, I can't think of anything to cause it to happen. At random times my computer will just go to a black screen and not respond, at which point I must push restart button and reboot computer. It can happen within 3 minutes or 3 hours. I have tried virus scans, chekced ram connection. All is fine. I ran the windows memory test and everything passed. Anyone know what can cause this? It is very annoying as I can basically not use my computer. Oh yea one more thing, I tried reformatting and installed windows on the other hard drive. It worked fine for a few weeks but then started again. Also could a corrupt windows installation cause this? I mean could a few system files that are corrupt cause a complete crash like this?

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random crashes

In reply to: Random black screen reboot problem

Hi - since you tried the obvious things, have you also checked the temperature? It could be overheating. One way to find out is to run the comp without it casing. If it runs fine, then it takes dusting and cleaning out the vents. - Amos

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Overheating not problem

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The temp of my cpu has been low in the upper 40's celcius.

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any ideas

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any other suggestions, Im dieing here.

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Inspect it for ..

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BAD CAPS ( that), a too small power supply (they age and do that), bad ram (try just one stick), a failed fan.

The list can go on for much more. Let's check some common items.


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Same problem

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I've been having the same problem with my computer randomly going to a black screen and requiring a manual restart.

Would love to know what you discover. I'm in the process of updating all my drivers. . . a shot in the dark perhaps.

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Just checking.

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Did you complete what was discussed so far?

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I have tried the above. . .

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I've been monitoring how hot my CPU gets using the ASUS probe software and it usually stays somewhere around 30 degrees celsius. And besides that, I just put installed a new hard drive and a new dvd drive and cleaned it out then.

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What you didn't say.

In reply to: I have tried the above. . .

If you inspected the motherboard and power supply capacitors and did the cover off test. The CPU monitor is a good idea but since other chips could be getting warm it can have the owner not try the cover off test and miss out on the real cause.


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