Hardware Thread, It's been a long time.... PC restarting itself in Technical; It's been a long time since I built/troubleshooted a PC as I've moved into different areas of responsibility which has ...
4th December 2010, 10:09 AM #1
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?
Last edited by theeldergeek; 4th December 2010 at 10:11 AM.
4th December 2010, 10:20 AM #2
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?
Last edited by AWicher; 4th December 2010 at 10:24 AM.
4th December 2010, 07:19 PM #3
or a virus...or the power supply..
4th December 2010, 08:26 PM #4
- Rep Power
Or maybe firmware on mboard.
4th December 2010, 08:55 PM #5
If windows is crashing with BSOD it could be rebooting itself.
Turn off auto reboot and you might see what the error message is...
4th December 2010, 09:00 PM #6
Originally Posted by CESIL
oh there's clever, isn't it
9th December 2010, 08:52 AM #7
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!
9th December 2010, 09:06 AM #8
I got it right, I got it right.....
Originally Posted by theeldergeek
*edit - sorry, feeling a little frivolous today..
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