May 12th, 2004, 10:11 PM
random power outages
hi, today and yesterday i have been having random power outages. i will just be typing/talking and what not and then my computer will just reboot for no reason, in the middle of everything. i checked for virus/spyware and im clean so that isnt a problem. it might be my power suppy??? i have a dell p4 that i have had for about 3 yrs. Dell's website was down so i couldnt get my power/motherboard specs, sorry! any ideas? thanx bye.
May 12th, 2004, 10:17 PM
Could also be heat issues. How hot is it where the computer is sitting. You might want to set up a fan just to cool things down a bit and see if that helps.
May 12th, 2004, 10:19 PM
its not to hot but, i do have a printer sitting right next to it and things r a little crowded
May 12th, 2004, 10:24 PM
Make sure you have good ventilation around the box, it may not feel to hot on the outside, but without ventilation, it could be to hot inside the box.
Here is a small freeware utility to monitor things like cpu temperature. I have never used it, but you might want to check it out.
May 13th, 2004, 04:34 AM
A little help?!?!... I had a client that had very similar symptoms... after some serious hardware checks I replaced the cpu fan and all was well... its about a 5-20 $ invetsment... might be worth checking into.
Everyone has to start somewhere
June 2nd, 2004, 01:09 AM
ok thanx for the help, i might go and replace the power supply...
June 2nd, 2004, 05:13 AM
Are you using a surge protection strip...........what is the power like.......do the lights flicker/TV cut out?.
Isn't it the thunderstorm season in your part of the world?
Is this a random thing, or does it happen after a reasonably consistent amount of time?
June 2nd, 2004, 06:37 AM
its pretty random and i dont have a surge protector, just a power strip thingy, sometimes the lights/tv cut off if we have a bad storm... but i intend to get a surge protector soon!