November 24th, 2002, 11:10 PM
Blahdy Reboot! I NEED help on this!
helloooo to anyone who possibly remembers me. i got a job and left this site for about 4 months so i've not been around for time. glad to see some quality changes have been made, namely journals for free, so i can cancel my membership to suicidegirls.com! wait, maybe not...hehe
anyway, i have a minor issue with my sexy new PC which is that it keeps randomly rebooting. i bet it will now while i'm typing. but all that is on it is P4 2.4GHz/120GB/256 DDR/ABIT SA7/Radeon 8500 LE/16x DVD-ROM/XP Pro. I know XP *can* be buggy but i swear, on my other system i never had a single crash. there is no software installed because i'm not into risking loads of data before i can save prior to periodic reboots. it's often enough to be annoying but not often enough that i can remotely predict it or stop using my beloved puker. but do any of you know of any inherent faults in any of the components listed, and if so how to possibly rectify them? have any of you encountered this before? i'm still a bit **** at a lot of this, i built it only to ruin it
thanks for checking this, and thanks for any advice anyone can offer :>
The Owls Are Not What They Seem
November 24th, 2002, 11:14 PM
well considering the higher end hardware you have in this system, I would be guessing heat as a first thing, you could try running it with the case removed to allow more airflow and see if that solves the problem, if it does you may have to invest in some more cooling such as fans, bigger heatsinks etc.
November 24th, 2002, 11:19 PM
Have you got it next to any heat sources that the fan/heatsink might not be able to cool down well enough. Though as Mr Leachy said you may need bigger heatsinks/fans.
Check out crazypc.com for different cooling parts (Including a water cooling system).
November 24th, 2002, 11:22 PM
Oh ok, no i ruled that out, for one thing i have a great fan anyway, and my case never gets near overheating. and i have tried with the case removed to be doubly sure. grr! but i appreciate the response
lovely though it would be there's no way i could afford liquid cooling right now even if that were the problem! *sigh*
The Owls Are Not What They Seem
November 25th, 2002, 12:33 AM
Did you do some overclocking? Cause the Abit SA7 is well suited to overclock
If you didn't oc then you don't need liquid cooling, good heatsinks and fans will do the job. go for PAPST fans.
The overclocking function includes CPU frequency, Vcore, multiplier, chipset & DDR voltage and AGP VDDQ voltage adjustment available to maximize your system performance.
You are sure your RAM is working properly?
November 25th, 2002, 12:36 AM
I have seen this happen only once before where it wasnt a heating problem and it was actually something about a screw in the wrong place on the motherboard, I would just double check to make sure its not screwed into the wrong place somewhere or not enough screws. Also I recommend you look at the event logs to see if its telling you the error, perhaps something wierd with the ram? you can do this by Right clicking my computer going to manage then under system tools expand event viewer and double click System.
Duct tape.....A whole lot of Duct Tape
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November 25th, 2002, 01:13 AM
good point from spyrus, check the RAM out and if possible try it with another stick of the same stuff to see if you have a dodgy RAM stick, could be a loose connector on something or maybe a bad connection but i think i can safely asume that you have checked that out
it could also be a faulty board or IRQ on the very off chance, but thats about al i can think of for this particular prob, can anyone else out there enlighten us?
November 25th, 2002, 01:23 AM
a computer randomly rebooting could be from a lot of things. a lot of times, it is the RAM, as was earlier mentioned by Spyrus and mrleachy. remove, replace it, test the system. if it stops rebooting, stop looking for errors. you might think about looking for some contact cleaner, too.
check for any loose connections, and that everything is plugged in snugly. if something like your video card slides out while the computer's turned on, it shuts down.
also, check your power supply. make sure all the cables are plugged in tight on the inside and outside of the computer. if everything's tight and dandy there, try swapping with a known functional power supply.
other than that, it might be some software problem. i don't know of many that would cause a computer to reboot, but i'm sure there are at least a few (ie. mentioned above)
i will shoot you so hard.
November 25th, 2002, 04:09 AM
iv heard that XP will do that if you run into an error it just reboots, there was a post around here somewhere about it im just not sure where, but thats really odd.
November 25th, 2002, 04:28 AM
I found this article. It has an advice section further down the page that describes how to shut off the automatic-reboot function.
Hope this is of some help.