Posted 20 March 2009 - 04:25 PM
As my subject title says, I'm having a problem with my computer restarting itself while I'm working on it. I don't think I could say it's "random" as it seems to be when I'm opening up a window within a program or something like that. For example, I want to download something and as soon as I click on the Download button the screen goes black and then the boot info does it's thing.
Here's what I've already tried:
- I put in a brand new hard drive and reinstalled windows (assuming it might be some kind of virus or software issue). Still had the problem
- So I put in a new power supply unit with higher watt rating, figuring it might be a power issue (as it seemed to happen when I was opening something, so I thought maybe the unit is going bad and can't handle the added drain). Still did the same problem. Also, I don't do much on the computer that draws power anyway. Only internet, accounting program and MS Office. No wild gaming, videos, music, etc. Just boring work crap.
I don't think it's a heating issue as it will do it within minutes of the computer being powered up (and besides, I've had the enclosure off the computer while running it, as well, and still did the restart at some point).
The computer is a generic (no name brand) pentium 4, about 3 years old running windows xp. It's run fine until recent months.
So after that, I have no idea what could be causing this problem. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.