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#1 too_sly

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:21 PM

I've been fighting a restart problem with my computer. It'll just randomly restart. It doesn't really matter what I'm doing. Listening to music, surfing internet, playing solitaire or even just idling it still randomly restarts.

I've upgraded/replaced the motherboard, cpu, memory (used to be ddr, now it's ddr3), graphics card, power supply, case, fan and heatsink, hard drive, sata cables, ide cables, removed sound audigy card and used mobo sound, and changed from xp to vista home premium. Still have the problem.

I used to run a P4 3.2 GHz w/ 1gb ram, 200 gb hdd, radeon x1300 pro and xp pro

I now run a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz, 250 gb hdd, 2gb ddr3 ram, geforce 8500 gt, and vista home premium, still have the problems can anyone help?

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#2 too_sly

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:10 AM

oh yeah, I have the computer set to show error not just restart, but it still restarts and gives no error.

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Posted 11 December 2008 - 11:05 AM

If it's the same problem with all those changes, that would imply to me that it's user-created, not hardware-related, or O/S dependent.

Perhaps you need to change what your standard computing practices are.

Heat-related errors and corrupt drivers are the only situations I can think of where the user generally receives no indication of what is wrong. Just about everything else generates some type of error message indicating that something is wrong.

Add malware to that list.

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 11:15 PM

ok, so what possible standard practices might cause something like this? what can I change?

I also wonder if it's not something like dirty power or something weird like that. I have it on a surge protector and it still does it though.

I've updated my drivers as well, and still have the same problem.

Edited by too_sly, 12 December 2008 - 11:16 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2008 - 05:27 PM

I guess that I would have to examine my safe computing practices.

Malware is the only problem that I know of that can span different hardware components, different systems, etc.

That would be my approach if the situations you describe...existed on my systems.

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 04:38 PM

How big is the power supply. You may have replaced a faulty component only to create a new problem with the power supply being to small for the new system. Or the power supply was the problem to begin with.

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 04:57 PM

You used a new application of thermal compound on the heatsink, correct?

I'd take it out of the case and run it on the bench with just whats needed to turn on. Then I would add things back one at a time. If it runs fine and you put it back in the case and it does it again, you have a grounding problem

Edited by garmanma, 14 December 2008 - 05:04 PM.

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#8 too_sly

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:38 AM

yes I used new thermal compound, and I have a new case as well. i'll try to get it all out of the case as see what happens.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:28 AM

Did you replace the power chord when you replaced the power supply?
I have seen a bad power chord do that before.

Also try plugging it straight into the wall to eliminate a power strip issue.
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 10:54 AM

did both of those.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 11:13 AM

Is your memory in the correct slots? I ask because I once had a mobo with 3 slots and I had memory in 2 of them, but not in slot 1... :thumbsup:

So I would make sure your memory is occupying the correct slots..
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:31 PM

slots 0, both memory chips

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:44 AM

Any luck taking it out of the case and seeing how it runs on a table?

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 09:27 AM

I am curious about that as well.
Maybe it is shorting out against the case somehow
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Posted 16 December 2008 - 10:19 AM

haven't tried that yet. I took the case off the ground and put it on the desk, I thought maybe static was causing it. I'm not too optimistic about taking it out of the case since this is a new case and I had the same problems in the old case.




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