My computer keeps restarting for no reason

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  1. Marcos

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    Blue screen deal, every hour or so.

    Past year i never had any crashes or restarts and these past 2 weeks :confused:

    Is there a virus or something i havent heard about?
     
  2. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    update your antivirus and do a scan :dunno:

    also have you made any other changes/upgrades, installed new programs, etc. right before it started?
     
  3. Marcos

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    I did 2 scans yesterday, one with AVG, another with housecall. Found nothing.

    I havent really installed anything lately, i installed that uxthemes crack but that was only a couple of days ago.
     
  4. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    Run SpyBot Search and Destroy, then a Disk Check with full scanning (meaning physical drive), then defrag it. You might think about running WinDoctor from Norton, it finds quite a few errors, however that's more of a if-you-have-it solution.
     
  5. Marcos

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    Disk Check?
     
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    Maybe obvious, have you done the Windows updates lately?
     
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    Also make sure u don't have anything overheating such as the cpu that will cause random restarts....
     
  8. Marcos

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    Good point :eek3:

    Im on a laptop, maybe the air port is getting blocked.

    Although i havent been doing anything that the cpu would find strenuous, just normal web surfing.
     
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    a laptop can get hot just sitting there running; I saw one go above 70C once (I think thermal protection is at 72C) because it was sitting on someone's bed running and the heatsink couldn't get any airflow.
     
  10. BlazinBlazer Guy

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    ScanDisk
     
  11. ChosenGSR

    ChosenGSR Mama always said you'd be the chosen one

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    I was gone say check the power supply. Usually overheating causes random lockups and restarts. But not sure about laptop...
     
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    It always takes The Screen Savers to remind me of ideas of things to check for when it comes to odd crashes

    In this case, try a memory test
    Memtest86
    it's free and easy to use.
    You can download an ISO and burn it to a CD, boot with it and test your ram to see if it's bad. There is also a version that makes a boot floppy.
     
  13. Marcos

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    Not to sound too retarded, but where do i find that?
     
  14. Mugatu

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    :werd: to memtest - I have had similar problems and in my case it was a bad stick of RAM
     
  15. Mugatu

    Mugatu Ask me about market research. OT Supporter

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    I think the best way to run it would be to boot into command prompt and run it from DOS - but I doubt that a bad HD would reboot your computer so regularly.
     
  16. Rob

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    Can I get a reformat....:big grin:
     

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