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PC reboot on first boot

By damokay ·
Hi,

I have a curious problem with my pc that has been ongoing for a few months now. When the pc is first turned on it remains stable for about 30-60 mins and then the display will blank and recover a few times before it just reboots of it's own accord.

Once the reboot has taken place the pc will remain stable until the next time it is powered off. As a result, I have got into the habit of powering it up /logging on and then immediately restarting via Shutdown - Restart. This prevents the crash scenario described above.

I have tried the following in my attempts to fix the problem:

1) Replaced memory
2) Replaced video card and drivers
3) Updated BIOS
4) Updated VIA 4 in 1 drivers
5) Turned off all power management

If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful to hear them.

My pc spec is:

Legend QDI kudoz 7 (chipset Via KT266)
AMD Athlon XP 1600+
NVIDIA GeForce 2TI video card
568MB RAM
2 x HDD (40GB system disk, 60GB data disk)
Windows XP Pro SP2

I hope that is enough info?

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by boomio In reply to PC reboot on first boot

You got any auto updates running?

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by damokay In reply to

I have WinXP auto updates turned on and my AV software looks for updated virus definitions daily, although both these services do seem to be completing successfully. I will try turning them off anyway to see what effect that has.

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by master3bs In reply to PC reboot on first boot

This is just a guess; but it gives you a couple of other places to look.

Take a look at the temperatures. One utility (that I haven't tried myself yet) is at http://www.download.com/SpeedFan/3000-2094_4-10432092.html?tag=lst-0-8

Also, try changing out the power supply.

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by damokay In reply to

I checked the temps - all ok.
I swapped out the power supply as well - it is a lot quieter now but still crashed, I'm afraid.
Thanks for the advice.

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by damokay In reply to PC reboot on first boot

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by hozcanhan In reply to PC reboot on first boot

damokay , cool your CPU with a better fan . Also the system box must be ventilated well . if all fails you need to change your MB .

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by w2ktechman In reply to PC reboot on first boot

This is a tough one. But I would try a few tests, test the RAM,HDD, and CPU thoroughly, see if it happens after removing a RAM chip. Also, maybe a power issue (like low voltage). I have had several problems in this area beore, try installing a UPS.
Also, uncheck the Auto reboot on Errors, and see if it comes up with a BSOD which can further help in troubleshooting.

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by OTL In reply to PC reboot on first boot

Could power it up, let it fail then look at the events log to see what caused it to reboot.

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by JEPott In reply to PC reboot on first boot

If you have the resources, I would try changing the power supply out. Also, take a close look at your motherboard - specifically the capaciters - you may have one that is leaking or bulging causing the issue... if you find one then you have two real choices - either get a new motherboard or try to replace the capaciter (can usually be found at a Radio Shack). Hope you can get this resolved - good luck!!

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by damokay In reply to

I swapped out the power supply and checked over the mb - all looked ok but still crashed, I'm afraid.
Thanks for the response.

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