My computer is randomly restarting itself. Where to begin troubleshooting?

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  1. Blazed Monkey

    Blazed Monkey It puts the lotion on its skin....

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    Just like the title says. It doesn't matter whether or not I'm in the middle of running something, or the system is just running idle overnight while no one is on it. The system is randomly rebooting itself (or rather, it's like it's power cycling, like it just shuts off and reboots).


    I've ran virus scans, as well as adware and spy searches, come up with nothing. My initial thought is that the power supply is failing, but I wouldn't know how to confirm this.


    Where should I begin with troubleshooting this, and what might be the cause aside from the PSU?
     
  2. RyanL

    RyanL OT Supporter

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    First off, did you change anything to make it do this? IE when did it start.

    It could be something as simple as heat issues or as bad as faulty hardware. One thing that will help you figure out is goto control panel > system properties > advanced > startup and recovery settings and turn off restart automatically.

    Then you can at least see the BSOD and what it has to say.
     
  3. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    time for new power supply
     
  4. RyanL

    RyanL OT Supporter

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    What? Are you kidding me?

    You can't even begin to tell him that is the only thing that could wrong. Like I said before it could be RAM, heat, or even the HD.
     
  5. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    random reboots = power problems most likely cause
    1st thing to check anyway

    go to chumpusa and get a PSU tester
    it's a $10 investment
     
  6. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    a psu tester will NOT tell him if the psu is bad. The system must be under load... The $10 testers do not do this.

    it *COULD* be the psu... but RAM is an even more likely culprit.
     
  7. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    yes, they DO and i guarentee they will tell you if a psu is bad or not

    you're posting with a guy who's been dealing with computers in all their forms since 1979

    i KNOW hardware


    ram is second in line after power
     
  8. RyanL

    RyanL OT Supporter

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    REGARDLESS

    saying buy a new power supply will not help him that isnt the problem, thus you figure out what is causing the problems and then find the fix

    saying time for a new powersupply, even if thats the #1, isnt going to help him if it happens to be the ram
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    You know, I have a really good feeling that I know a shitload more about it than you... So go ahead and post a pic/model# of this "magical" $10 tester and I'll post pics of me proving you wrong :mamoru:
     
  10. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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  11. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Download memtest86 and let it run overnight.
     
  12. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    i SERIOUSLY doubt that

    claim whatever you want, but you just don't know :ugh:
     
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    still waiting for a pic/model# on this "magical" $10 tester :mamoru:
     
  14. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    I want YOU to post the model# so that we have proof of YOU saying it and then when I post pics proving YOU wrong, everyone will point and laugh at YOU. :mamoru:
     
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    B4 it restarts does the computer make noises?
     
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    Blazed Monkey It puts the lotion on its skin....

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    I have changed absolutely nothing, I haven't even installed any programs in the last 2 months. This started (the best I can figure) about a month ago.



    no, it makes no noises, the screen just goest black and it power cycles, like when you hold down the power button for 5 seconds and it restarts itself, it's just like that.
     
  20. Under_Fire

    Under_Fire Duck and Run

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    my computer did the same thing, turned out to be the PSU.
     
  21. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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  22. VoOdOoVyPeR

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    ok, well i bet no one on this thread except for the thread starter himself as had this problem as well. i have had it, and let me tell you, you are all wrong. its nothing to do with the power supply, RAM or the wad of toilet paper stuck in the cooling fan.

    this is what i did to solve my constant restarting problem. i went into the control panel and went to "administrative options" and click "services". youll see a list of services is there, this may sound kind of like a lengthy process, but it worked for me. right click each one, click properties, then click the recovery tab. for some of them, the first action will say "Restart Automatically", just change all the actions to "take no action" for all of them. i know this may sound the same as RyanL's process but his is with hardware, and when i turned that off when i had the problem, it didnt fix it, disabling all the service restart actions did, however.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    you guys talking in absolutes to "this is how to fix the problem" are all morons. There is no absolute. There could be MANY solutions because the exact problem is unknown.
     
  24. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    If he's getting blue screens, that MIGHT help, otherwise it's not the services that are restarting the computer.
     
  25. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    uhhhhh, "restart automatically" under services means to restart the SERVICE THAT FAILED automatically, not the whole computer.
     

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