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rebooting

by lynknz / April 22, 2004 6:04 PM PDT

my computer keeps rebooting, sometimes it does it when i first turn on computer other times i can be on for hours please help

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Re:rebooting
by frankzxcv / April 22, 2004 6:46 PM PDT
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pls provide more info-- mobo, cpu, OS etc - fj

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Re:Re:rebooting
by lynknz / April 23, 2004 1:59 PM PDT
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my puter is about 2 and a half yrs old. its a compaq, 20gbs im running windows me. its not full of rubbish as i use it mainly for playing cards or board games plus email.im sure the tower dosent switch off only the moniter. hope this info helps by the way im a older user so please message in easy understaning mode thank you

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Re:rebooting
by Mystcal1 / April 22, 2004 9:24 PM PDT
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Hi: First I need to know what operating system you are using. Is it Windows 95 or Windows XP Home Edition?

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Re:Re:rebooting
by lynknz / April 23, 2004 2:03 PM PDT
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hi im running windows me, the puter is about 30 months old, used mainly for playing board, and card games plus emails, im a older user so not up to much with technical terms, im sure the tower dosnt turn off only the moniter. thanks

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Re:rebooting
by Mystcal1 / April 23, 2004 2:46 AM PDT
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Hi do you have windows 98 or windows xp. How big is your hard drive, do you know? Nancy

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Re:Re:rebooting
by lynknz / April 23, 2004 2:08 PM PDT
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hi my puter is a compac, about 30months old im running windows me, 20gbs, puter used mainly for playing board and card games plus email, ive got plenty of spare space so its not clogged up with rubbish, i do scans, defrags, have virus checker. im a older user so not up with technical jargon, so please explain in easy mode. thanks

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Re:rebooting
by homeboy / April 24, 2004 12:34 PM PDT
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In the last seven and a half years, of building computers, I have garnered the following information with reference to sudden and unwanted reboot problems.

#1 Not enough power, this fact comes in two forms and are many times related. A 'too small' power supply can cause this problem. A toy or extra device plugged into the same power leads from the power supply also causes this problem. More than two drives should never plugged into the same power feed. Rule of thumb, the HEAVIER the power supply, the better and closer to true rated wattage output it will have. A heavy 400 watt P/s, with more than one Cooling Fan, will have 400 watts of output. I have mesured some cheap 400 watt Power Supplies, that weigh the same or less than a 250, that don't have 300 watts of power output.

#2 A defective periferal will cause this problem. Depending on the temperature and moisture in the air, this problem can drive you insane. I always have extra EVERYTHING while building computers. Ram, Video Cards, The new ATA boards for adding four more drives to your system, these can all have a little poltergiest somewhere in their workings that only raise problems when you least want them.

Before you start tearing your computer apart and trying other pieces, try this first. Pull everything off the motherboard and carefully re-insert the cards and RAM, remove them again and insert them a second time before screwing them down again. Every older computer, that comes to me with complaints about piss-poor running, starts to behave after this "Contact Cleaning" job. A job I charge $30,00 for and only takes twenty minutes. But 99% of the time the 'problem' goes away. Try it, it just might work.

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Re:Re:rebooting
by lynknz / April 24, 2004 6:07 PM PDT
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HI, I TOOK BACK OFF PUTER CLEANED THE DUST OFF FANS, AND AROUND THE MOTHERBOARD ETC, SO FAR SO GOOD, I WOULDNT ATTEMT TO TAKE STUFF OF MOTHER BOARD UNLESS I WAS WITH SOMEONE WHO KNEW ABOUT PUTERS,IM OLDER PERSON AND NOT UP WITH THE INSIDE WORKING OF PUTERS. ILL SEE HOW IT GOES. THANKS A LOT FOR UR HELP.
LYN

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Re:Re:Re:rebooting
by chuckieu / April 25, 2004 2:44 AM PDT
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Before taking things off of the Motherboard, try this.
Leave the cover off on one side and run this way for a while. If the problem goes away, there is an overheating issue. Post back either way and we'll try to help from there. chuck

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Re:Re:Re:Re:rebooting
by lynknz / April 25, 2004 9:25 AM PDT
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HI, IVE TAKEN COVER OFF, DUSTED INSIDE AND CLEANED FANS, ALSO TOOK OUT A BIT OF METAL BRACKET THAT WAS LEFT LYING IN THE BOTTOM OF TOWER SO FAR FOR 2 DAYS HAS BEEN RUNNING OK

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