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Problems With My PC

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by robhough, 22 Jul 2006.

  1. robhough


    Joined: 17 Jun 2005

    Posts: 240

    Location: Ashby, UK


    When i run my pc it loads up fine but after a while some times it restarts itself. i reformated about 2 months ago to get rid of some rubbish on it but it keeps doing it.

    Does Anyone know what the problem is?

    I am running Windows XP SP2
  2. semi-pro waster

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 25,829

    Location: Glasgow

    Does this problem occur at regular intervals or only under heavy use? e.g. is there any sort of predictable trigger? Have you tried running memtest86 or prime95? What sort of voltages are your rails?

    Sorry lots of questions but at this stage it could be almost anything. As a shot in the dark I'd suggest memory as the most likely cause because memory is often the most flakey component.
  3. robhough


    Joined: 17 Jun 2005

    Posts: 240

    Location: Ashby, UK

    It happens mostly when im playing music or on msn or both. i thort it was my pc overheating but i checked the temp and it was fine.
  4. shimy182


    Joined: 6 Sep 2005

    Posts: 3,814

    Location: Cambridge

    checked the the Power supply voltage?
  5. sugoi


    Joined: 24 Jun 2005

    Posts: 474

    Location: Sussex, UK

    Everest is a good piece of software for you to check your Voltages and temperatures...
  6. xirokx


    Joined: 2 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,383

    Location: N.W London

    check your memory is in the correct slots.....
  7. [email protected]

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Oct 2005

    Posts: 2,450

    Location: Newcastle upon Toon

    Assuming you didn't go inside the PC and play around with hardware, and that it was fine before the change (and that it started doing this as soon as you had reformatted).... I know lots of assumptions...

    ... my guess would be a software / driver issue.

    It's more likely than a hardware fault that just happened to occur at the same time as you made a software change (although this isnt impossible).