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#1 albinoking

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 11:09 AM

hi,

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.

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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.

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#3 albinoking

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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.


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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.

http://www.capacitorlab.com/visible-failures/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

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.

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