PC reboots itself

  Ultrafox 17:17 13 May 2006

Hello everyone,

About a week ago I sarted to experience problems. Peripherals (USB graphics tablet, USB wireless adapter) would stop working, the screen would start flickering and the machine would reboot itself.

I opened the computer up and started removing things (expansion cards etc). I also hoovered all the fluff out of the fans in case it was an overheating problem. I took out a memory stick and that solved the problem for a day or two but then it started happening again.

Now the computer won't boot up at all (restarts halfway through the boot sequence).

I had the task manager running and I noticed that the flickering screen etc. corresponded with 100% cpu usage.

I'm thinking it's a hardware problem - possibly the psu or motherboard. Unfortunately I can't remove the master hard drive because a screw head has snapped off and it's effectively stuck in the bay.

Other things I noticed: sometimes when I turn the machine on the cooling fans seem to run slow.

Does anyone have any ideas what might be wrong?

I am running an AMD xp1800+ with Windows 2000 pro, an Asus motherboard, 2x500 meg memory, 2 hard drives, Matrox video card, Soundblaster Live! soundcard, network card, USB hub, wireless card and firewire card.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Love Redfox XXX

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:27 13 May 2006

By default when WinXP encounters a system failure, it reboots without warning. The setting that controls this can be changed:
Control Panel/System/Advanced/Settings (Startup & Recovery)/System Failure/Uncheck-Automatically Restart.

To view the event log: Administrative Tools/Event Viewer or Start/Run/eventvwr.

  Ultrafox 17:35 13 May 2006

Unfortunately the machine won't boot at all now

BTW, there's something else I forgot to mention - sometimes the computer will reboot into BIOS safe mode with the message that the computer booted at the wrong CPU speed. Don't know if this is signigicant.

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