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#1 Patrick708

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 05:17 PM

My wife's pc, while on-line, would sometimes *click*...then reboot. I was told it was a bad Hard drive. I put a new Seagate in. It's still doing the same thing. Could this be a power issue? The system not getting enough power. It only has a 200 watt power supply in it.

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:05 PM

200 watts is not very high. It must be an old computer huh? If you could, go to the event viewer (Start>Control Panel>Administrative tools>Event Viewer) and look under the system logs. Look for any type of "System Error" or "Bug Check" or "Disk". Please list the following results:

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:55 AM

Well, the MB is a MSI K7T Turbo socket A(socket 462). The proceossor is a Duron 800Mhz. It's running an AOpen Artist PA50V vid card(8 meg card, I think). The Hard drive is a 120 gig Seagate. It has 256 megs of RAM.

Currently, it's running Win 98 SE. Wanted to put XP on it, but, not until I figure what's wrong with it.

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Posted 09 May 2007 - 09:03 AM

I have a suggestion, since I can't hear where the "click" is coming from:

open the case and disconnect the CD/DVD drive and the Floppy Disk Drive if you have one.

Then try booting again to see if you still have the problem.

I'm assuming that the PC worked fine before, and has recently begun having this problem.


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Posted 09 May 2007 - 09:59 AM

If this is happening while on line it could be the modem that is making the click as it disconnects. Does this happen when you're off line? Is there any variation on the amount of time it will operate before shutting off?

This kind of problem is usually associated with either over heating or a bad PSU.

Have you cleaned out the computer recently? Look particularly at the CPU hsf, it doesn't take much of a dust buildup to impede the air flow through the heat sink.

On a computer that old I would also look to see if there are any bad caps.

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