In short, the PSU will deliver less Watts as it ages. What was enough then will not be enough in a few months.
Try this. Unplug the CD/DVD drives and maybe that second hard disk as a test.
I assembled a new computer last year. I have the following hardware:
ASUS A7N266-VM motherboard
CPU - AMD 1700 Athlon XP
Heavy Duty heat sink and fan
2 - Maxtor 40GB HD
2 - CDRW Drives
512 MB DDR2100 Memory
A SONY "A" Drive
350W Power Supply - ATX
I am using Windows 98SE. Two or so months back a "start-up" problem arose. When I turn the computer on it goes to the first Windows screen, shuts off, restarts and goes to the screen to go to the Safe Mode. I choose Number 1 and it restarts and goes on to open correctly.
Some of the times that I start it will open with a "Clean Boot". This may happen once, then the next time it goes back to the Open, Safe Mode, restart. The last few days it is opening with a clean boot most of the time.
If this is, as a friend stated, a problem that is related to closing or is it a problem in the "Start-up" area of the regisrty? I know very little about the registry, except to leave it alone. With a step by step set of directions, I was able to clean up the remains of a program that I had deleted. Other than that I leave the registry alone.
Any assistace with this will be greatly appreciated.
1. The article [Q192926] discusses the Clean-boot troubleshooting process and procedure to perform a Diagnostic Startup and refers to methods of reducing behaviors that may occur because of the system's environment.
2. Create a Bootlog.txt (hidden file in the root of C:\). When starting the computer, use the Startup Menu to create it.
Note: When examining this file in any text editor -- Notepad in Windows, or typing edit bootlog.txt at the MS-DOS prompt and then pressing Enter (clicking the icon in front of MS_DOS Prompt in the top colored bar provides MS-DOS commands), look for lines ending in LoadFailure which may indicate either a device or software problem.
3. The article [Q127970] discusses the hidden Bootlog.txt, describes content, and explains certain items that may be indicated as a Load Failed which does not necessarily indicate a problem.
4. The article [Q118579] explains the root folder text file Msdos.sys set with Read-Only, System, and Hidden attributes, that this file is set to be at least 1,024 bytes in length, and describes the [Options] section that contain the settings and their meaning. Instructions are contained which allows a user to set certain options which creates the Bootlog.txt file during boot.
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