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    It's been a long time.... PC restarting itself

    It's been a long time since I built/troubleshooted a PC as I've moved into different areas of responsibility which has taken me away from the basics, so I'm just looking for a troubleshooting memory jog on this one.

    Have a new built PC here, keeps restarting itself at random intervals. Most likely cause? PSU, mainboard or something else?
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    1st question would be, is it random or are you doing something that requires intense cpu/ram. eg gaming, video rendering, heavy multitasking...

    Could be temperature relating, getting to hot or your BIOS temp warning set to low?

    Could be your RAM

    Or HDD try running a recovery cd (Spinrite…)

    P.s driver problem, done an update lately?
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    or a virus...or the power supply..

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    Or maybe firmware on mboard.

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    If windows is crashing with BSOD it could be rebooting itself.

    Turn off auto reboot and you might see what the error message is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    If windows is crashing with BSOD it could be rebooting itself.

    Turn off auto reboot and you might see what the error message is...

    oh there's clever, isn't it

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    Thanks folks, it appears it was the PSU. Changed it over and bench tested the machine which has been stable for a good 48 hours now. Some good reminders of troubleshooting methods though, pleased to say it all came flooding back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theeldergeek View Post
    Thanks folks, it appears it was the PSU. Changed it over and bench tested the machine which has been stable for a good 48 hours now. Some good reminders of troubleshooting methods though, pleased to say it all came flooding back!
    I got it right, I got it right.....


    *edit - sorry, feeling a little frivolous today..

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