Jump to content


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.

Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.


something is failing?

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 albinoking


  • Members
  • 26 posts
  • Local time:06:30 PM

Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:09 AM


increasingly over the past 6 months or so, my computer will either restart or it will freeze up and the fans will start running at full speed (now 2 or 3 times a week). my computer is 5+ years old (runs 24/7) and i think i've got it narrowed down to either a failing psu or motherboard. my temps are good, ram has been tested, i have no malware, no changes have been made to the system, and this happens at completely random times. how do i go about figuring this out?

i really don't want to bring my computer to a shop if i don't have to, so any help would be appreciated.

BC AdBot (Login to Remove)


#2 dc3


    Bleeping Treehugger

  • Members
  • 30,595 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Sierra Foothills of Northern Ca.
  • Local time:03:30 PM

Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:24 AM

It would help if you provided us with more information regarding the make and model of this computer and the operating system it is running.

How are you monitoring your temperatures?

Since you mention a PSU I'm assuming that this is a desktop? When was the last time that you cleaned the inside of the case?

Since this computer is over five years old I'm guessing that you are running Windows XP?

If this is the case, then let's stop the automatic restarts.

Start> right click on My Computer> Properties> Advanced> Startup and Recovery. Under startup and Recovery click on Settings, uncheck the box in Automatically restart under System failure.

The next time this problem occurs you will get an error message. If the error message looks similar to the image below there will be a Stop error, it will be similar to the one at the top of the page in the image below ***Stop: 0x000000d1, or something similar. Please include this in your next post.

Posted Image

If this isn't the same type of error, please post what you are seeing as accurately as possible.

Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life.  You never know when one will leave you.





#3 albinoking

  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 26 posts
  • Local time:06:30 PM

Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:54 AM

the computer is a dell xps 410 running windows xp sp3. i use compressed air to clean it pretty often and thoroughly. SpeedFan, HD Tune, and GPU-Z all consistently report good temps.

Automatically restart under System failure was already unchecked. i never get a BSOD or anything for that matter.

i should say the incidents of the fans at full speed freeze up happens more often than the auto restart.

Edited by albinoking, 20 April 2011 - 01:49 PM.

#4 MrBruce1959


    My cat Oreo

  • BC Advisor
  • 6,377 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Norwich, Connecticut. in the USA
  • Local time:06:30 PM

Posted 20 April 2011 - 04:22 PM

I hope dc3 doesn't mind me popping in here to offer a few suggestions..

Have you checked the condition of the electrolytic capacitors located on the motherboard for leaking electrolyte, bulging canisters or leaning caused by the seal blowing out the bottom of the capacitor?

This link will provide you with more information on what to check for.



Graphics driver issues can cause this error to take place just as windows is attempting to load the list of drivers during the boot process, have you installed any new drivers lately?

Components can suffer over time from oxidation build up on the electrical connections, this becomes more likely to happen as the computer ages.

Try dis-connecting the various connections and re-connecting them again and re-boot the system to see if the problem has been resolved.

Welcome to Bleeping Computer! :welcome:
New Members: Please click here for the Bleeping Computer Forum Board Rules
My Career Involves 37 Years as an Electronics Repair Technician, to Which I am Currently Retired From.

I Am Currently Using Windows 10 Home Edition.

As a Volunteer Staff Member of Bleeping Computer, the Help That I Proudly Provide Here To Our BC Forum Board Membership is Free of Charge. :wink:

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users