Random Reboot Issues

I just recently upgraded from Win98 SE to WinXP Pro, and downloaded Service Pack 1 as well as all of the other updates that were available.

Just yesterday my computer started to reboot randomly, something that has been totally un-reproduceable by me. It seems to happen when I'm browsing the net (I use IE6), but that's what I do most on this machine, so it's tough to tell. I assume it's an OS problem because I never had this issue when running Win98.

A little info about my setup, I purchased the upgrade version of WinXP Pro, I did not re-format prior to installing. I just recently replaced my PSU with a nice 430W Antec, I'd like to think that's not the problem!

I'm running a P4 2.8 with 1gb of DDR, GeF3Ti500, Asus P4S8X mobo. I'll provide any other info upon request. Thanks for any suggestions.
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  1. It's most likely the PSU. Since you just replaced it, I would make that my prime target. Do you have access to another powersupply that works? It's possible you got a defective one.

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  2. Hi,something to try, go to control panal > performance and mainenance > system > advanced > startup and recovery > setting then un-click automatically restart
    If its an xp problem you will get the blue screen of death which should give you a clue to the problem
  3. Ok I did that. Now when it crashes I get the blue screen. This is the error code it gave me:

    STOP: 0x000000C5 (0xF0A1F666, 0X00000002, 0X00000001, 0X8053CBB8)

    I think it's an issue with my video drivers, but I cant find any nVidia drivers that fix the problem. I dont know what the error code means or even where to find out.

    Any insight would be great.
  4. You can also check out the Event Viewer for errors.

    Start/Control Panel/Performance and Maintenance/Admin Tools/Event Viewer. Check out System and Application errors.

    My computer was doing well for quit a few months, and then all of a sudden it started to restart like clock work. Every morning it would restart with in 5 minutes of being on. For weeks I tried to figure it out, but couldn’t, the only thing left would be to swap some parts and upgrade when I can. I did find a quick fix though, every morning when I start my PC I reboot it, and then it runs like a champ. You probable don’t have the same problem that I have.

    Also, there are some reports of the SP1 having negative resoles on some systems, but before we jump to that conclusion. Check out the Event Viewer and report back with any errors you see there.

    Here’s a couple site to check in the meantime.
    <A HREF="http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article07-200" target="_new">fatal crashes</A>
    <A HREF="http://www.aumha.org/a/shtdwnxp.htm" target="_new">Shutdown & Restart</A>

    "A little info about my setup, I purchased the upgrade version of WinXP Pro, I did not re-format prior to installing."
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