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Pc Restarts Every 10 Minutes Or So


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#1 marksv41

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Posted 24 March 2006 - 11:44 PM

Hi everyone

My XP machine keeps shutting down (restarting) every 10 minutes or so, I have checked the power supply fan and the motherboard fan, both are working. Any suggestions? Its an older 300 Celeron chip with integrated sound and video. Its been a great machine for internet and basic stuff till now.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 12:05 AM

You may have had a RAM module fail. Here are two memory test programs to test your RAM.
Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic"
MicroSoft's Memory Test
You only need to run one, but I like to give people a choice.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 12:17 AM

Thanks for the help but I dont get it. The program you gave me to run creates a start up file and that I do not understand. Sorry. If it is Ram problem can I switch it out, I have a few other sticks lying around.

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 12:20 AM

That is the easiest way. Yes swap out the RAM. If it is bad you should know it fairly quickly
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 07:28 AM

it sound heat related to me, after 10 or 15 minutes u say? do u have a can of air? lol sounds funny eh? compressed air in a can, spray the air around your cpu and fan and housing. also, look at your motherboard, check for swollen capacitors, the top should be flat, not bulged out. if u have enough air, spray some in ytour power supply too. also, acklan could have hit it on the head too, it very well could be ram.
here is a link to show you what a capacitor is, there is many on your motherbaord.
http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/capacitor.htm
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