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#1 JXBlack

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 06:16 AM

My WinXP re boots by itself. I run uTorrent 24 hours a day so I can tell when it has re booted. Sometimes it has done it while I am on the machine. I have not been able to tie it to any particular program and it does not happen with great frequency. Sometimes it will be 3 or 4 days between events and once it happened twice in 30 minutes, while I was on the machine.

I don't know if this is a hardware or software problem and I don't know how to find out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 10:12 AM

My first guess would be overheating. Remove the cover and look at the fan and heatsink over the processor. Get a can of compressed air and blow out the fins of the heatsink. Be careful not to jostle any connections . Also check to see if the video card fan is clean, if you have one
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Posted 19 August 2007 - 02:54 PM

Thanks... I'll give it a try

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Posted 19 August 2007 - 03:38 PM

You could see if there are any issues in device manager. Click START -> Run. In the box type devmgmt.msc. Any conflicts showing up there?
Also you could have a look in the event viewer, especially look for any entries at the times that it does the behavior. Start->Run eventvwr.msc
See anything suspicous there?

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Posted 20 August 2007 - 06:02 AM

Many thanks, I didn't know anything about the event viewer. It lists many errors. The next time the reboot happens I will immediately look at the event viewer and advise this forum.




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