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[Help] Computer keeps restarting

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February 2, 2013 10:33:36 AM

I've had my current computer for the last 5 years with no trouble that I couldn't fix myself. Recently my computer has started to restart on it's own for no reason. Now and then I've gotten a blue screen and even a couple of days ago my computer gave me a screen that looked like:

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu322/bNphish/GameCo...

After I got that screen I had to restart and run system repair because my computer would not start up. I got it working again but now it is restarting at random times and very inconsistently. I've been able to post this without a restart but I can kind of set up circumstances that will trigger a restart in possibly a couple of minutes. I am pretty sure this is hardware related but I can't be to sure. I know it's not heat related as I have been monitoring my computer heat to make sure but I have been doing a lot of hardcore graphics rendering and I've wondered if that has possibly worn out any hardware. Is there anyway I can figure out what hardware might be messed up without having to buy and replace parts? I don't really have much of a budget to fix my computer so if I can know what I need to replace before I replace anything then that would be good.

Thanks for any feedback.

Also is there any information I should post about my computer that might help others help me better?

I know I should at least include my specs:
• Windows 7 64-bit
• 400w Power Supply
• AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core ~2.2Ghz
• 8192MB Ram
• ATI Radeon HD 5770
• 600GB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive

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February 2, 2013 11:54:19 AM

Check your GPU or PSU.

If your MB has the on-board GPU, try to use it first because you don't list it. And try other PSU.
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February 2, 2013 6:48:02 PM

cin19 said:
Check your GPU or PSU.

If your MB has the on-board GPU, try to use it first because you don't list it. And try other PSU.



Is there anyway to test the power supply without trying a different one?

My on board chipset is an ATI Radeon HD 3200. I'll test using it for a while and see if there are any errors. Should I take out my graphics card while testing it out?
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February 2, 2013 6:56:17 PM

Either go to the BIOS disable it or take it out, and use the HD3200 only.
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February 3, 2013 1:21:55 AM

So it seems to run fine with the onboard cpu. I haven't had any issues so far and I've run it all day. I'll keep running it this way and see. Is there a possibility that with the graphics card in it is not getting enough power? Is there anything else I could be checking also?
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February 4, 2013 2:42:20 PM

That is right. I don't know what effiency of your PSU, if the PSU is the 80 plus then it can power the whole system. That is why I let you check the GPU or PSU.

Buy the good brand 80 plus PSU like Corsair, Antec, XFX, SeaSonic ( more expensive), some of OCZ ModXStream in your area.
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