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PC Reboots on startup

By paul.ebay ·
I have a PC with windows me, it has recently started to reboot whenever windows starts, I ran a few checks and I thought it was the hard drive, so I have replaced it with a Maxtor 80gb, the bios seemed to pick this up ok, I tried to reinstall windows me and I still receive the problem, I have even tried installing the following operating systems windows 98/2000/xp pro all of them reboot either as soon as windows starts or just before on the splash screen. My pc is currently running a 800mhz P4 proc, with 128md ram and a 32mb graphics card, it has a 200w power supply, as I said it has run with no problems for the last 5 years and apart from the hard drive there have been no other hardware changes, can anyone help?

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by rindi1 In reply to PC Reboots on startup

This could be a heat problem. check if the fans are all running properly, particularly those at the cpu. Clean off all dust. If you can remove the cooler from the cpu, it might help to add some heat transfer paste to the cpu.

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by paul.ebay In reply to PC Reboots on startup

I have cleaned the fan, this time it firtstly crashed with a windows protection error, now it just crashes and i cant do anything, anymore suggestions?

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by sgt_shultz In reply to PC Reboots on startup

can you try another keyboard and mouse. 200w ps not very big.
what is installed now? stick with winme/9x so we don't worry you need a bios flash to be compatible with os. can you boot in safe mode. can you stay up with winme or 98 boot floppy. can you get into bios setup and stay up. have you watched boot screen very carefully to see what is getting checked last before reboot.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

well sorry no joy. windows installs and runs ok for a while then reboots then scandisk /f fixes untio next reboot? i think you have funky hd controller maybe or weird settings. load bios defaults. enable large drive access in bios. post if confusting. include bios version. start completely fresh with fdisk and new partiton? make it few mb less than drive capacty? if still noy joy try $20 promise hd controller

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

don't forget windows updates immediately as soon as you can get that far. some updates included large ide drive fixes

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

don't forget windows updates immediately as soon as you can get that far. some updates included large ide drive fixes

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by paul.ebay In reply to PC Reboots on startup

The pc does exactly the same in safe mode, when it does restart it asks me to run a scandisk, if i let it run it will run through fine and then restart when it tries to load the rest of windows, if i cancel scandisk it will then restart when trying to load windows, i can open up the bios and stay in there as long as i want without any problems, i have also tried changing the mouse and keyboard all end up with the same result, i have even tried changing the graphics card, memory and unplugging all devices but i still receive the same problem. it currently has me on which as i have said has worked for 5 years with no problems, any more suggeastions?

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by BFilmFan In reply to PC Reboots on startup

Boot to a command prompt.

Run chkdsk /f /r.

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by paul.ebay In reply to PC Reboots on startup

i have ran the scandisk and that came back with no errors, i have even tried putting in a smaller hard drive (10gb) and it still crashes, is there anything else that could be causing this kind of error?

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by aquias2000 In reply to PC Reboots on startup

By the sounds of it, you've eliminated the OS. You've also eliminated several pieces of hardware as being the culprit.

I'd have to agree with the above answer to start with, check out your HD controller. This, my guess at least, is a hardware issue.

If the hd controller doesn't fix the problem I'd say one of two things has happened here. The motherboard took some kind of hit and it's only displaying this behaviour when Windows is loading. Or, it's possible you've got a BIOS virus.

I'd see if I could get my hands on something to check out the BIOS for any bugs.

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