Computer restarting intermittently

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by versionfiv, Aug 19, 2003.

  1. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    I haven't done any overclocking. I have had this computer for a little over a year. I have heard it may be either a bad cpu or failing hard drive. My system specs are below.

    Pentium 4 1.9Ghz
    Tyan Trinity SS2266 Motherboard
    400 Watt Antec power supply
    512 MB DDRAM
    GeForce4Ti4400 128MB (PNY)
    SoundBlaster X-Gamer 5.1
    80MB Maxtor uata-133 8mb cache
    120MB Maxtor uata-133 8mb cache
    Generic 16x DVDROM
    Pacific Digital CDRW
     
  2. Tiesto

    Tiesto OSNN Addict

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    Well what exactly happens and what is the error message if any
     
  3. labig

    labig Guest

    restarts

    could be blasterworm,but need more info ,windows and are you running nortons
     
  4. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    No, I do not have Blaster. There is no error message. It just restarts on its own, for no apparent reason. This only happens every now and then, although. I do not believe it is something overheating, it could be, since I leave my box on 24/7. Would extra cooling help? I know the GeForce can conduct quite a bit of heat.

    For more information, I am running Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1. I have all the current updates, and am running Norton Anti Virus 2002, have recently scanned (a few days ago) and nothing turned up. A virus is out of the question. I do not use those "p2p" programs such as Kazaa, or run any suspicious exe's.
     
  5. albybum

    albybum Penguin Rancher

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    Sounds like a driver issue more than a hardware problem, Hardware problems tend to freeze the system, not restart.

    Right click on My Computer
    Go to the advanced tab
    Click Startup and Recovery
    Uncheck Automatically Restart

    Now when the problem occurs you will get a Blue Screen of Death instead of an autorestart.

    the BSoDs are normally cryptic and not very helpful, but it might narrow down a problematic driver by telling you something.
     
  6. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    All right, thank you. I shall wait and see for what happens.
     
  7. GoNz0

    GoNz0 NTFS Stoner

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    if its a year old and always on, take the cover off the PSU and give it a good clean out.
     
  8. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    The PSU is about 3-4 weeks old. I have recently replaced it.
     
  9. albybum

    albybum Penguin Rancher

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    Any Blue Screens of Death yet? Getting anymore info?
     
  10. bumzig

    bumzig Guest

    It may be your fans, I had a similar problem

    One of my fans failed, and in the bios I had my PC automatically shutdown if, fan speed dropped below a certain RMP, such an avent occured.
     
  11. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    Perhaps...I do change my fans' speeds from time to time although. I shall check my BIOS the next time I restart. And no, no BSODs yet.
     
  12. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    I have received this blue screen on multiple occasions since last.

    ---Blue Screen Message---

    A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

    PROCESS_HAS_LOCKED PAGES

    Technical Information:

    ***STOP: 0x00000076 (0x00000000, 0x82E36020, 0x00000002, 0x00000000)

    Beginning dump of physical memory
    Physical memory dump complete
     
  13. TheBlueRaja

    TheBlueRaja BR to Some

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    Okay,

    Goto this Link at Microsoft where that have a page for troubleshooting this very STOP error.

    Apparently:-
    The "STOP: 0x00000076 (0xY,0xY,0xY,0xY) PROCESS_HAS_LOCKED_PAGES" error message is caused by a driver not cleaning up completely after an I/O operation.

    The link also tells you how to find out what driver is causing the problem.

    Good Luck

    :D
     
  14. Annihilatus

    Annihilatus Guest

    I've had my computer restart and random intervals on two of my PC's. The first time, I had a **** motherboard but refused to acknowledge it and it ended up restarting all the time. It drove me to buy a Mac. When I got a PC again, I once again had a **** motherboard and it too would restart all the time (it ended up being due to third-party drivers) or freeze all the time (bad motherboard problem). Once I bought an ASUS motherboard, all was fixed.

    I have since sworn to only buy Asus products.

    Andre
     
  15. TheBlueRaja

    TheBlueRaja BR to Some

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    I had similar trouble with a Gigabyte board and a Geforce 4 - Now i have an Abit, man its sweeet as a nut.
     
  16. versionfiv

    versionfiv OSNN Addict

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    Thank you very much for your help, it turned out to be my midi man usb driver. Heh.............