Abrubt computer restart

By sankey88 ·
This is my computer's config:

Intel DG965RY motherboard
Intel Core2 Duo 1.80GHz
(1GB * 2)Kingston DDR2 RAM
ASUS DVD writer
Seagate 250GB (ST3250820SV), SATA drive.

I bought this computer about a year and a half back.Everything was normal until my hard disk gave sector reallocation errors. under warranty, i got it replaced. on the new harddisk, i installed vista. a few days later, it started giving the blue screen errors and would instantly restart. i had to remove vista and steele for xp. But that wasn't easy either. when i was re installing Vista, it gave errors such as "cannot access file xyz.., please reinstall"
(hence i couldn't reinstall vista)
During XP installation, i got "file/memory couldn't be read" and would restart. But with repeated attempts, i succeeded in installing xp. But the system still restarts abrubtly, without any warning. the restarts are random, at any given time, either during loading after entering the password or while executing some program.

someone please guide/advice me on the steps that i must take to solve this annoying problem.

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Make sure that your hdd's are clear of data first.

You can download this:
It will do a very good clean of your hdd's but it will take around 3 to 4 hours in the one pass mode. So be patient. When it has finished toy can then load on any system you like. :)

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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It Could Be...

by Breezer85 In reply to Make sure that your hdd's ...

... Bad memory, if you have a spare stick replace it with the one in the machine and give it a shot.

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It really sounds like Bad RAM here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Abrubt computer restart

Every time I get error messages like that when installing Windows it's the RAM at fault. As you have Kingston RAM it will be covered by Guarantee so you need to test it with Mem Test ideally on the Ultimate Boot CD


You may find that it is perfectly OK but you have mismatching Sticks fitted if that is the case you'll need to replace the RAM with Identical Type Sticks preferably from the same Manufacturing Batch to minimize Timing Issues from RAM Sticks with different Timing Speeds.

I'm assuming that you have actually looked at the Data Face of the Install Media you are using to make sure that they are clean and free of scratches of course and that the Optical Drive is actually working.


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