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    Unintentional Rebooting of CPU (Win XP Home/Service Pac 1A)

    Anyone out there have any problems with your computer rebooting for no paticular reason while doing just about anything? I could be in any program at any time and mine will just reboot. This might happen quite often in one day or perhaps not at all. I reformatted and reinstalled XP with just adding Service pac 1a to no avail. All physical connections are solid (power supply connections, etc., This machine was assembled just a couple of months ago with all new components.
    Thanks in advance.
    George

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    Re: Unintentional Rebooting of CPU (Win XP Home/Service Pac 1A)

    Anything showing in the event log?
    Has the machine exhibited this phenomenon since being built?
    Does it occur after any particular time (e.g. regularly after about 2 hours after switch-on.)
    Check all the hardware listed under Device Manager in Computer Management for any sign of a conflict.
    Run a thorough Chkdsk, including surface scan, on all drives.
    Do you have multiple sticks of RAM? - If so, try removing one at a time and see if the problem disappears.

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    Re: Unintentional Rebooting of CPU (Win XP Home/Se

    Here in The Lounge and elsewhere, it seems like the two most common (thought to be) causes of spontaneous rebooting are HEAT and BAD RAM. Have you looked under the covers to see if the CPU fan (or other) might not be working? Leif's already suggested trying the RAM.

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    Re: Unintentional Rebooting of CPU (Win XP Home/Se

    Thanks for the info guys!! I ran Ontrack fixit Utilities and the Ram Chip failed under certain circumstances each time. I replace the chip (only have 1 512 meg in the machine) just to have the computer tell me upon boot up that the CPU was overclocked and system was shutting down. Come to find out that my 5 month old ASUS A7V 333 Raid board went south. Fortunately both were still under warranty and with a little work I'm up and running again.
    Thanks again for all the advice!!! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

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