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Running Windows 98, computer boots and constantly reboots

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Anonymous
August 18, 2005 5:35:46 AM

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This computer is running Win 98 SE, and boots itself when the person
is in the middle of burning cds or just surfing the net. Why does this
do this?

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Anonymous
August 18, 2005 5:35:47 AM

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Spontaneous reboots are most often due to over-heating. Second most common
cause is a failing or insufficient power supply unit (the internal one.)

First step is to clean out the system of dust, etc. Second is to pull and
reseat the RAM and PCI cards. Third is to try a new power supply.

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> This computer is running Win 98 SE, and boots itself when the person
> is in the middle of burning cds or just surfing the net. Why does this
> do this?
>
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Anonymous
August 18, 2005 9:51:19 PM

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On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 22:42:28 -0700, "Gary S. Terhune"

>Spontaneous reboots are most often due to over-heating. Second most common
>cause is a failing or insufficient power supply unit (the internal one.)
>
>First step is to clean out the system of dust, etc. Second is to pull and
>reseat the RAM and PCI cards. Third is to try a new power supply.

Also, eyeball the "last mile" of the power supply axis; motherboard
capacitors. Any that bulge or leak will be bad... see:

http://cquirke.mvps.org/badcaps.htm



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Anonymous
August 18, 2005 9:51:20 PM

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Yeah, there's those capacitors to consider, but it's not necessarily easy to
make that call, even when you can get unfettered looks at them. I've got two
boards here (both from family members) that I'm sure have this problem, both
are out of warranty (one Gigabyte, one MSI.) Weirdest thing was that the MSI
board *seemed* to be responsible for two HDDs going bad, too. Not sure if
that's really what happened, but I *can* tell you that diagnosing that
damned machine was a full-on three-ring circus. Finally gave up and tossed
them onto the junk pile. Still trying to figure out whether replacement is
really a fiscally responsible thing to do, since I have no talent toward
repairing and don't have any shop nearby. However, I'm accumulating quite a
collection of cases after cannibalizing drives, cards, etc., so perhaps I
should look at getting a couple of new, compatible mobos. Problem is, almost
everything *but* the case would need replacing, and I suspect the economics
would make complete new systems the more attractive option.

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MS-MVP Shell/User


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> On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 22:42:28 -0700, "Gary S. Terhune"
>
>>Spontaneous reboots are most often due to over-heating. Second most common
>>cause is a failing or insufficient power supply unit (the internal one.)
>>
>>First step is to clean out the system of dust, etc. Second is to pull and
>>reseat the RAM and PCI cards. Third is to try a new power supply.
>
> Also, eyeball the "last mile" of the power supply axis; motherboard
> capacitors. Any that bulge or leak will be bad... see:
>
> http://cquirke.mvps.org/badcaps.htm
>
>
>
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