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 PostPost subject: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:44 pm 
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I have a problem with my computer, when I use shockwave for things like Habbo or when I play to GTA:SA.
Computer auto-restarts! I've checked Event Log, disabled Automatic Restart.. no BSOD :P
It happens randomly, sometimes I can play San Andreas 2 hours, sometimes 10 minutes ...
I don't think it's an overheating problem because when I use Flash, PC is not hot at all.
I already tried to re-install Windows and I did an antivirus scan.
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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:43 pm 
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Hi there.
It would sound from your problem that it is indeed hardware related. Here's some things I would check:

Check your cpu / gpu temps in a program such as http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
What operating system are you using?
Have you updated any drivers recently?

I would suggest that if your temps come back alright, that you might want to disable some of your peripherals and any components that you're not actively using in your computer.

Please report back,

Many Thanks

LeGrande.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:53 pm 
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It can be psuedo-hardware related, where a bad driver causes an invalid operation in a bit of hardware, which in turn restarts the machine. On the same note, bad hardware with a good driver would appear to do the same thing.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:12 pm 
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The only other two things I can think that would help (because I have tried them) are
1 - See if your system needs to be dusted/cleaned and if it does, do so
2 - Re-install your OS (that usually always fixes everything)

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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:24 pm 
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1. Clean any dust out of the PC and keep an eye on the temps using Speedfan
2. Run MEMTESTx86 overnight if possible (or at least 2 hours) to see if you have memory errors
3. Reseat any expansion cards (graphics, etc) and your processor
4. Disconnect any USB devices you do not need to be plugged in

Do these one at a time and see which stops the problem occurring.

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Andy wrote:
1. Clean any dust out of the PC and keep an eye on the temps using Speedfan
2. Run MEMTESTx86 overnight if possible (or at least 2 hours) to see if you have memory errors
3. Reseat any expansion cards (graphics, etc) and your processor
4. Disconnect any USB devices you do not need to be plugged in

Do these one at a time and see which stops the problem occurring.

5. Check your PSU, had a lot of troubles with those in the past.
6. Reseat all your hardware.
7. Check the motherboard for bad capasitors, if some are blown they will cause instability


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Whistler_fan wrote:
Andy wrote:
1. Clean any dust out of the PC and keep an eye on the temps using Speedfan
2. Run MEMTESTx86 overnight if possible (or at least 2 hours) to see if you have memory errors
3. Reseat any expansion cards (graphics, etc) and your processor
4. Disconnect any USB devices you do not need to be plugged in

Do these one at a time and see which stops the problem occurring.

5. Check your PSU, had a lot of troubles with those in the past.
6. Reseat all your hardware.
7. Check the motherboard for bad capasitors, if some are blown they will cause instability

This sounds like it could be a good guide, maybe you should write it up some more and post it in the Tuts\Guides section :)


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:45 am 
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Can't check temp with SpeedFan, I have a Pentium 4 and BIOS doesn't show temperatures (DELL)
I use XP SP3 and I already did a test with Memtest 86


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:55 am 
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RentedMule wrote:
It can be psuedo-hardware related, where a bad driver causes an invalid operation in a bit of hardware, which in turn restarts the machine. On the same note, bad hardware with a good driver would appear to do the same thing.

Good answer. I had a puter which did the same thing.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:02 pm 
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Anyway to get the temp of my CPU?
Strange, I played to San Andreas Multiplayer, typed in Chat Window "/exit" and when I pressed enter, PC restarted ...
I use XP SP3


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:56 pm 
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Hi there.
Have you checked for any updated drivers?

Are you running the latest drivers?

Are the drivers you're using compatible with the os?

I really would give your pc a "spring" clean as suggested above.

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LeGrande.


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arthmx wrote:
Anyway to get the temp of my CPU?


Speedfan, as mentioned at least twice in this topic: http://www.almico.com/speedfan438.exe

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Andy wrote:
arthmx wrote:
Anyway to get the temp of my CPU?


Speedfan, as mentioned at least twice in this topic: http://www.almico.com/speedfan438.exe


arthmx wrote:
Can't check temp with SpeedFan, I have a Pentium 4 and BIOS doesn't show temperatures (DELL)
I use XP SP3 and I already did a test with Memtest 86


MEH 8-)


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:27 pm 
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Well... Duh... if your BIOS doesn't send out temperatures... then that's too bad.


Take it to the Geek Squad, they can run a diagnostic on it for $70.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:58 pm 
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Finally found the problem :mrgreen:
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Traces are broken near CPU Heatsink like this picture below :P
I saw them with a light...
Time to get a new PC ;P, I'll try to get a GX270!


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:15 pm 
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What you need is a very fine soldering iron, some super glue, thin wire and a table lamp :)


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 PostPost subject: Re: Computer Auto Restart        Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:17 pm 
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Mhm, I'm not sure..
I'm not so experimented :P
I'll try to get a GX270, put my RAM and my HD in.
And maybe I'll try to put the 3Ghz P4 of the GX280 in the GX270.


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