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    Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    Any ideas out there as to what causes a computer to reboot about every 15 minutes?

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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    Could be a bad driver. Could be overheating. Could be bad memory. Could be a virus/trojan. What have you eliminated?

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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    The user has hiccups.

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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    You're right -- it could be almost anything. Actually, it's not my computer but one at the local senior citizens center used for training. Starting with the last one first, the computer isn't connected to the Internet, and no software has been installed, so I doubt that it is a Trojan or Virus. Haven't looked into a bad memory problem although the system works great when running. I guess overheating is the best bet, as I have seen a warning about this at least once. I'll try to pursue that possiblity. I don't know about any driver problem, these computers have just had a second hard drive installed with XP on them, so all the drivers should be new.

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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    Chuck,
    You seem to be contradicting yourself here.
    If they have just had a second HD with XP installed on them, then there certainly is software installed.
    Because the drivers may be newly installed doesn't mean that they can't be corrupt.
    Are all of the XP updates on them?
    Is this the only one of what seems to be a few machines, having the same problem?
    So far as overheating, open it up and make sure all the fans are running. While you have the case open, leave it open and run without the covers in place.
    Have you Right clicked My Computer>Properties>Start up & Recovery settings>unchecked automatic restart?
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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    Chuck

    Hard drives churn out quite a bit of heat! Two churn out about twice as much. (Surprise!)

    As Bob says, open up the case and see whether a searing blast of superheated air takes off your eyebrows.

    Then try directing an electric fan (OK, Al, an AMD - air-moving device!) set to "Quite Fast, Really" at the innards, and leave it pointed there, and see whether the reboot takes place in 15 minutes. Beware the initial cloud of expelled dust and fluff, though...

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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    Srart | Run, type

    eventvwr

    and hit Enter. What do you see under Application and System? Are there blue "i"s only?

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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions; however, the problem has become moot because the hard drive completely died today! So it looks like it's time for a new one.

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    Re: Reboot Problem (XP Home)

    Well, there you go! It would seem it was a heat problem, but within the drive itself...

    Hope you can rebuild everything as it was from the extensive backups taken before the event.....

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