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computer automatically restarts itself

MrMarcus

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what does it mean when your computer just automatically restarts? It doesn't happen often... but I'll just be surfing and suddenly it just restarts. I have a new hard drive too, with lots of free space. :confused:
 
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Redout

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virus? memory leakage? old drivers?

lots of things can be the source of the reboot.

you should tell us all your computer specs and run a virus scan - AVG and ad-aware are free softwares you can download and check.
 

stir-fry

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check your event viewer right after it happens to see if it's being caused by a software failure (right-click my Computer - Manage - event viewer)
check each category for any items listed with a red stop sign.

could also be a bad power supply, power surge (are you using a surge protector?) or a bad motherboard
 

groovespinna

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mine has done this twice in the past 24 hours.
so have friend's comps at the exact same time. I always thought MS threw out updates at the same time that would load and reboot.
 

MrMarcus

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Redout said:
virus? memory leakage? old drivers?

lots of things can be the source of the reboot.

you should tell us all your computer specs and run a virus scan - AVG and ad-aware are free softwares you can download and check.

I'm running norton and ad-aware. neither have detected anything.
 
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MrMarcus

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stir-fry said:
check your event viewer right after it happens to see if it's being caused by a software failure (right-click my Computer - Manage - event viewer)
check each category for any items listed with a red stop sign.

could also be a bad power supply, power surge (are you using a surge protector?) or a bad motherboard


cool thanks. I'll try this next time it happens.
 

randyval

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dust and dirt might be causing it or it could be a driver issue, have you recently updated any drivers/ hardware?
psu might be dying, what are your system specs and what is the max output of your psu?
do you have all the updated mobo chipset drivers/ ethernet/ video drivers installed?
check all plugs and connections , make sure they are all secure
what does it say in your event viewer?
 
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philly

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MS just released a whole bunch of updates/patches. if your PC is set to install updates automatically, it will reboot your pc if it has too. but it usually tells you it did those updates and had to reboot. so i guess i'm no help here...
 

MrMarcus

TRIBE Member
randyval said:
dust and dirt might be causing it or it could be a driver issue, have you recently updated any drivers/ hardware?
psu might be dying, what are your system specs and what is the max output of your psu?
do you have all the updated mobo chipset drivers/ ethernet/ video drivers installed?
check all plugs and connections , make sure they are all secure
what does it say in your event viewer?


hmmm... psu, mobo chipset driver... sorry, I have no clue what u r saying! LOL I'm IT-impaired :eek:
 
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randyval

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MrMarcus said:
hmmm... psu, mobo chipset driver... sorry, I have no clue what u r saying! LOL I'm IT-impaired :eek:
psu= power supply, check it for dust and dirt.
do you know your system specs?
what motherboard / video card/ ethernet card is in your machine?
it sounds like a power supply or driver issue, does the compuetr crash randomly or does it only happen when you run certian apps?
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now if your problem is power supply related you might not get error messages, in which case you might have to either clean out your power supply or replace it.
but im just guessing as i dont know exactly what you are using for hardware and software.
 

Syntax Error

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i once thought that was happening with one of a my work computers but it turned out that my chair kept hitting the reset botton.
 

Anakin

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philly said:
MS just released a whole bunch of updates/patches. if your PC is set to install updates automatically, it will reboot your pc if it has too. but it usually tells you it did those updates and had to reboot. so i guess i'm no help here...

Depending on your Update settings, your system may reboot without telling you.

You could also be having minor power outages.
 

Doran

TRIBE Member
Could be a bluescreen error, and your system is configured to restart instead of showing/leaving the blue screen on the monitor.

If you right click on "My Computer" and choose Properties, navigate to the Advanced tab - and select the Settings button (green) it'll open up the window on the right. Check to make sure the highlighted checkbox is empty - otherwise when your computer crashes, it just reboots instead of showing an error message which can help narrow down what is causing the problem.

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MrMarcus

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k, it just did it again and the event viewer (in application) says:

error... source:EventSystem, Category:(50) Event:4609 User:N/A ...
 
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MrMarcus

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Doran said:
Could be a bluescreen error, and your system is configured to restart instead of showing/leaving the blue screen on the monitor.

If you right click on "My Computer" and choose Properties, navigate to the Advanced tab - and select the Settings button (green) it'll open up the window on the right. Check to make sure the highlighted checkbox is empty - otherwise when your computer crashes, it just reboots instead of showing an error message which can help narrow down what is causing the problem.

done... thanks. I did have to uncheck that box.
 
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