Random restarts

vbimport

#1

Hi there,

I was getting the odd random restart over the last month, but now its become frequent, every hour or so, i hope it doesn’t do it while im typing now. :frowning:

Well, yeah, basically, it restarts, no BSOD, nothing in event log, so i guess something is overheating.

My PSU is pretty new, so i don’t think that is the cause, my CPU is quite old but it seems to be fine, no problems with the heaksink. But my GPU’s fan does make quite a quite whining noise (i was concerned at first, but it didn’t seem to affect my computer, so i didnt wana fork out cash for a quiet noise), so i think it may be the fan on that, not cooling properly (any way to check).

Basically, how can i find the culprit without switching parts, because i don’t have any access to spares, without actually buying them, are there any programs that monitor the computer and collect data when it restarts or something.

Any advice before i risk just buying a new graphics card or fan.

Ta,

Chris


#2

When my RAM was going out my machine would do that. Run MemTest. Might save you from buying wrong parts.


#3

Are you over clocking your system in any way? By restart do you mean the whole windows system is crashing and restarting? Or is it particular programs?


#4

Go to system properties, advanced tab, startup and recovery, and uncheck the box for rebooting. Now you should get a BSOD message. If not, then it’s definitely a hardware issue.


#5

I’m not overclocking, the restart will happen whenever, playing games, browsing internet, listening to music, converting video to dvd.

The box is unchecked, it restarts exactly like if i pressed the reset button.

I’ll run memtest tonight. ta


#6

Overheating CPU might do this, have you cleared the dust bunnies out of the case lately?


#7

and a overheating GPU will do it too. The way you describe the fan on, it could be the problem. I know I read at least one other user on these forums that used an open case and a floor mounted household fan to keep his system cool. An odd way to go about it, but if you try it and it works you have narrowed your problem down.


#8

That would have been my suggestion :iagree:


#9

Ok, i ran memtest while i slept (for about 10hours) and when i got up, it said it had been running for one and a half, so it had been restarting i guess…

I will try cleating out the dust tonight, good idea, might be just something silly like that.

Thanks


#10

It can be a memory issue. did you try cleaning your hardware ?


#11

I cleaned the insides of my computer. Been on for about an hour, so far so good. Going to leave it on overnight converting video, see if it is ok.

Thanks


#12

Sometimes reseating all your hardware and i mean everything even all the psu plugs to motherboard and drives help and along with cleaning it all out. Good luck.


#13

Good luck :slight_smile:


#14

If this works, I suggest you look into re-seating your CPU cooler. It probably came with a cheezy foam pad for thermal contact and is drying out. Cleaning both surfaces with an appropriate cleaner and applying some silver paste will do a lot to improve CPU cooling.