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pc problem

Conroy BumpasConroy Bumpas Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
I was told that the family pc was acting up. Apparently in turned off a few times. (This I later found out the truth it turns off constantly)

So I thing it may be over heating or something. So I open it up and clear all the vents check the fans etc.

When I boot up it says on for about 4 mins. Then just jumps back to starting up. Goes to boot up and after 2 mins. Blips back to starting up. Then stays on for 1 min, then 30 seconds then 15 ect. Until it keeps restarting whilst checking the ram.


So I thought its may be shorting out on the case. So I check everything. The power supply is new, and that is contently on it dost loose power it just jumps back to start up.

Tried to boot up from windows disk. Just kept restarting.

Booted to bios….. stayed on for 15 mins (untill i reset it)


Anyone got any ideas

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  • CrashCrash Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Format the drive.

    If that doesn't work, take the whole rig apart, clean everything and out it back together.

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  • Conroy BumpasConroy Bumpas Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    how do i format the drive if it keeps turning off

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2008
    Are the fans definitely turning? Is everything slotted in correctly? The heatsink might not be flush with the surface of the CPU anymore. You might need to take it off, clean off the old thermal paste, apply new paste and reattach it.

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Yeah, I would take it all apart and clean it out FIRST - and reseat the heatsink w/ new thermal paste. Then if the problem continues, try reformatting. I would bet it's a CPU overheating problem.

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  • CrashCrash Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    If you end up formatting, use fdisk. It can be boot off a floppy or CD.

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  • ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited January 2008
    Formatting the drive is not his problem, if the rebooting is happening at shorter and shorter intervals. If the problem was with the OS or contents of the harddrive, it would reboot at either the same point during the start up, or always after loading windows.

    This problem is very likely hardware, as the state of the OS (before or after windows is loaded) has no effect, and booting from a CD produces the same result.

    Take everything apart. Blow all the dust out squeaky clean. Re-seat the ram. Put new thermal paste on the CPU. Make sure all the fans spin when the power is on. Clean off and tidy up all the cables in the case and try to keep an open airway through the case by using twist ties or plastic cable ties to secure all cables out of the way and away from fans and the cpu.

    If possible, leave the thing off for a while so it cools down, and then check your BIOS for any sort of hardware temperature monitoring. See if it climbs much above 60C or so.

    Finally, you can try removing all the non-essential bits of hardware. Take out anything that's not an on-board device, aside from the video. Use the BIOS tools to deactivate any on-board Audio or Network/Modem devices. If there is on-board video that is not being used due to an after-market video card, try first disabling the on-board video, and second using the on-board and removing any other video card. Pull all but one stick of ram, and try them one at a time.

    If you're still rebooting, it's very likely your motherboard or cpu is damaged, at that point.

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