PC reboots for no reason?

  albu 14:33 09 Mar 2003

My pc reboots for no reason at all. No error message is shown either, can anyone help please?. I'm running Windows XP Home.

  spikeychris 14:41 09 Mar 2003

Its what WinXP does instead of a BSOD. First things first is to stop the re-boot.

Control panel\system\advancedIn the startup and recovery section - click on settings - un-check
automatically restart.

Windows XP will then not re-boot when something goes wrong and give you error codes and explanations as to why this is happening.


  AndyJ 14:45 09 Mar 2003

Could be many things. Have you checked your power connections and that the leads are OK?

It could be you have incorrectly seated, or faulty, memory. Could also be the Power Supply Unit or incorrect power save settings in BIOS.

Could also be something I haven't thought of :-)))

  AndySD 14:46 09 Mar 2003

Go Start / Control Panel / Settings / System (in the Classic-style Start menu, Control Panel is under Settings). Click Advanced / System And Recovery / Settings. In the System Failure section, clear the Automatically Restart check box, then click OK.

Next time you will get a BSOD and an error message.... post it back here....

But this is often cured by updating drivers. Can you tell us the make/model of your motnerboard, graphics card and sound card.

Also try using the system file checker.

Put your windows CD into the CD ROM and hold the shift key (the one with arrow pointing up, just above the Ctrl key on the left of your keyboard). Holding shift for a few seconds will stop the Windows CD from auto running, but the drive will still spin up to read the disk then spin back down again. Once it has spun down you can release the shift key.

Now click Start/All Programs/Accessories and choose Command Prompt. Type in

sfc /scannow

and hit enter. This will check and replace any damaged system files.

  AndyJ 14:52 09 Mar 2003

Agree with the other postings. However, I forgot to ask, when you say "for no reason" does it always happen when you are using one particular application?

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