Death by computer Faliure

  juniorsplat 21:42 20 Feb 2007

Often (including just now) my computer decides to restart itself for no reason. It is infuriating. There has been neither a power cut, a power surge or anything that I have been doing to create this sudden reboot. Thank goodness for Auto save!
What is going on?
My computer is old (hp pavilion but is that the reason for restarting?

  woodchip 21:54 20 Feb 2007

not enough info

  Susie blue 21:56 20 Feb 2007

Is it too obvious to suggest virus scan?

  rdave13 21:59 20 Feb 2007

Over heating? Check temps click here . Or it could be ram failing click here

  phono 22:02 20 Feb 2007

Have you checked for overheating? If you PC is old it may well have accumulated a lot of dust and fluff in the CPU heatsink, drastically reducing air flow, I have seen this happen on more that one occasion and a good "spring clean" did the trick.

The usual warnings about static electricity and tampering with the inside of a computer etc etc apply.

  phono 22:02 20 Feb 2007

I must take typing lessons.

  Diversion 22:03 20 Feb 2007

Have you checked to see if the ventilation holes are clear from dust at the back of the computer?, and check the fans are all working too. Dust is a main cause of overheating and checking the vent holes only takes a few minutes.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:12 20 Feb 2007

Auto-reboot disable:
When Running windows and it crashes you will get a blue screen and it will automatically restart, often it will restart too fast for you to see the error message.
To disable auto restart on system failure, so you can see the error message.

1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> System (Windows+Pause works, too)
2. Go to Advanced
3. Under the Startup and Recovery section, click Settings...
4. Under System Failure un-check "Automatically restart"

  phono 22:14 20 Feb 2007

Good point, forgot about that.

  rdave13 22:20 20 Feb 2007

Sadly so must I..:( juniorsplat, it's a good idea to remove the panel from your PC and have a visual check inside. If it looks dusty then remove all the clogging dust. Obviously disconnect from the mains and earth yourself by placing both hands on a metal sink before attempting to do anything inside. I use small painters brushes to gently disturb the dust and hold a vacuume cleaner nozzle about six inches away.

  woodchip 22:22 20 Feb 2007

Looks like he as gone to bed

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