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March 23, 2005 7:34:28 PM

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Hello group,

Like the subject title says my computer is still restarting randomly. This
is my third time posting about this problem. Some of the possible problems
people said were, bad ram, bad video card (or drivers), and the PSU. Well, I
ran microsoft's memory test and Memtest86 and they both couldn't find any
errors w/ the ram. Next I switched the video card w/ a friend of mine, my
computer still restarted. Then the more I thought when it happens it did
sound like a power problem. (Sometimes it restarts when I access my 2nd
HDD). So just recently I bought a new 510W PSU from pc power and cooling
(they make very good PSU's). The first day I put it in no problems I thought
alright its fixed, I was wrong. The next day it restarted three times within
an hour. I'm about to use my computer as a paper weight! Any ideas that I
can try? Some people have said its overheating, its not, I keep track of the
CPU and system temp, and they are not even close to overheating. Could it be
a software problem, I've looked at event viewer after a restart, no errors,
I've ran Dr. Watson, no errors, and I have "automatic restart on errors"
turned off. One thing that I've noticed but I but know if this is the
problem, is that there are five IRQ #'s that are shared by two different
resources. Anyways any help would be appeciated.

Thanks, John

Here is my system:

P4 2.6ghz
1 Gig of crucial ram ( 2@ 512 sticks)
Tyan s5101 Motherboard
ATI Radeon 9200 Video card (current drivers from website)
510 Watt PSU (from pc power and cooling)
2- HDD (both maxtor (E)IDE 1-40gig, 1-10gig)
1- Toshiba DVD-ROM
1- Yamaha CD-RW
1-floppy drive
1- card cooler (plugs into PCI slot, cools video card)
1- PCI to USB card adapter

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Anonymous
March 23, 2005 7:34:29 PM

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Does your PC simply reboot or is it bluescreening and then rebooting ?


"John" wrote:

> Hello group,
>
> Like the subject title says my computer is still restarting randomly. This
> is my third time posting about this problem. Some of the possible problems
> people said were, bad ram, bad video card (or drivers), and the PSU. Well, I
> ran microsoft's memory test and Memtest86 and they both couldn't find any
> errors w/ the ram. Next I switched the video card w/ a friend of mine, my
> computer still restarted. Then the more I thought when it happens it did
> sound like a power problem. (Sometimes it restarts when I access my 2nd
> HDD). So just recently I bought a new 510W PSU from pc power and cooling
> (they make very good PSU's). The first day I put it in no problems I thought
> alright its fixed, I was wrong. The next day it restarted three times within
> an hour. I'm about to use my computer as a paper weight! Any ideas that I
> can try? Some people have said its overheating, its not, I keep track of the
> CPU and system temp, and they are not even close to overheating. Could it be
> a software problem, I've looked at event viewer after a restart, no errors,
> I've ran Dr. Watson, no errors, and I have "automatic restart on errors"
> turned off. One thing that I've noticed but I but know if this is the
> problem, is that there are five IRQ #'s that are shared by two different
> resources. Anyways any help would be appeciated.
>
> Thanks, John
>
> Here is my system:
>
> P4 2.6ghz
> 1 Gig of crucial ram ( 2@ 512 sticks)
> Tyan s5101 Motherboard
> ATI Radeon 9200 Video card (current drivers from website)
> 510 Watt PSU (from pc power and cooling)
> 2- HDD (both maxtor (E)IDE 1-40gig, 1-10gig)
> 1- Toshiba DVD-ROM
> 1- Yamaha CD-RW
> 1-floppy drive
> 1- card cooler (plugs into PCI slot, cools video card)
> 1- PCI to USB card adapter
>
>
>
March 24, 2005 7:06:05 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

It just restarts, no bluescreen. this is one time I wish it would bluescreen
then I would have something to go on.

John
"TimH" <TimH@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:17EDBEFE-227C-48D4-B8CC-AEA491FC1B5C@microsoft.com...
> Does your PC simply reboot or is it bluescreening and then rebooting ?
>
>
> "John" wrote:
>
>> Hello group,
>>
>> Like the subject title says my computer is still restarting randomly.
>> This
>> is my third time posting about this problem. Some of the possible
>> problems
>> people said were, bad ram, bad video card (or drivers), and the PSU.
>> Well, I
>> ran microsoft's memory test and Memtest86 and they both couldn't find any
>> errors w/ the ram. Next I switched the video card w/ a friend of mine, my
>> computer still restarted. Then the more I thought when it happens it did
>> sound like a power problem. (Sometimes it restarts when I access my 2nd
>> HDD). So just recently I bought a new 510W PSU from pc power and cooling
>> (they make very good PSU's). The first day I put it in no problems I
>> thought
>> alright its fixed, I was wrong. The next day it restarted three times
>> within
>> an hour. I'm about to use my computer as a paper weight! Any ideas that I
>> can try? Some people have said its overheating, its not, I keep track of
>> the
>> CPU and system temp, and they are not even close to overheating. Could it
>> be
>> a software problem, I've looked at event viewer after a restart, no
>> errors,
>> I've ran Dr. Watson, no errors, and I have "automatic restart on errors"
>> turned off. One thing that I've noticed but I but know if this is the
>> problem, is that there are five IRQ #'s that are shared by two different
>> resources. Anyways any help would be appeciated.
>>
>> Thanks, John
>>
>> Here is my system:
>>
>> P4 2.6ghz
>> 1 Gig of crucial ram ( 2@ 512 sticks)
>> Tyan s5101 Motherboard
>> ATI Radeon 9200 Video card (current drivers from website)
>> 510 Watt PSU (from pc power and cooling)
>> 2- HDD (both maxtor (E)IDE 1-40gig, 1-10gig)
>> 1- Toshiba DVD-ROM
>> 1- Yamaha CD-RW
>> 1-floppy drive
>> 1- card cooler (plugs into PCI slot, cools video card)
>> 1- PCI to USB card adapter
>>
>>
>>
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March 24, 2005 7:13:52 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

you've done a good job trying to track it down; RAM and PS are the first
suspects. you've ruled them out.

Yes, there are some Knowledge Base articals re: random restarts w/ XP and
SP2. Look for them, they may help (tho I'll bet a full wipe and
clean-install is in your future - sorry. slipstream yourself a SP2 CD,
and gather up all your drivers, serial numbers, bookmarks and cookies, etc
and burn 'em to CD just in case).

Are you sure there is no blue screen? double check that you have not told
the system to simply reset without first posting a warning screen:

my computer | properties | advanced | startup and recovery

uncheck "automatically restart", set other items as you please (I would
always write an event log entry, and perhaps a dump log would be useful in
this instance).

For the machine to simply reset w/o windows "catching" it first really
does wreak of a hardware failure, such as a glitch on hardware line like
the reset pin. double check your connections to the case switches, reseat
the DRAM modules, all MB connectors, etc.

a fresh BIOS reload followed by a CMOS reset couldn't hurt. And no
overclocking 'til you've solved the issue. Be sure to turn off any BIOS
caching/shadowing, you do not need that!

you sound like you know what you're doing, I'll bet you find it, but it
may take some perserverence, and patience! Good luck, and if all else
fails, drink heavily!
March 24, 2005 11:22:33 PM

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I'm getting to that stage of drinking :) 

John

<frodo@theshire.org> wrote in message
news:1145pq0idvle1fd@corp.supernews.com...
> you've done a good job trying to track it down; RAM and PS are the first
> suspects. you've ruled them out.
>
> Yes, there are some Knowledge Base articals re: random restarts w/ XP and
> SP2. Look for them, they may help (tho I'll bet a full wipe and
> clean-install is in your future - sorry. slipstream yourself a SP2 CD,
> and gather up all your drivers, serial numbers, bookmarks and cookies, etc
> and burn 'em to CD just in case).
>
> Are you sure there is no blue screen? double check that you have not told
> the system to simply reset without first posting a warning screen:
>
> my computer | properties | advanced | startup and recovery
>
> uncheck "automatically restart", set other items as you please (I would
> always write an event log entry, and perhaps a dump log would be useful in
> this instance).
>
> For the machine to simply reset w/o windows "catching" it first really
> does wreak of a hardware failure, such as a glitch on hardware line like
> the reset pin. double check your connections to the case switches, reseat
> the DRAM modules, all MB connectors, etc.
>
> a fresh BIOS reload followed by a CMOS reset couldn't hurt. And no
> overclocking 'til you've solved the issue. Be sure to turn off any BIOS
> caching/shadowing, you do not need that!
>
> you sound like you know what you're doing, I'll bet you find it, but it
> may take some perserverence, and patience! Good luck, and if all else
> fails, drink heavily!
!