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Old 05-04-2008, 09:46 PM   #1
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Alright, so my dad has built a cheap computer that he uses just to surf around the internet. He's had it prolly a little less than a month now, all of the parts are compatible and it ran fine. But all the sudden it crashed and rebooted on its own, and then it wouldn't boot back up. So my dad reformatted, and a few hours after that it did the same thing again. So he switched hdd's and reformatted yet again (this time making an image so he could restore it using Acronis). Now it will randomly do the same thing, just shutdown, reboot, and keep cycling (reboot, windows screen, reboot, ...). He managed to run check disk once and it said something about 149 orphaned files and some corrupted ones too. but We've reformatted several times and that shouldn't be a problem nemore... so we don't know what to do...any ideas?
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
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we could use some more specs please
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:57 PM   #3
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Old 05-04-2008, 10:02 PM   #4
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Press F8 as it's turning on and select "disable automatic restart on system failure" if it's an option. WHen it restarts, write down the error it's giving you and post it up here.
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Old 05-04-2008, 11:23 PM   #5
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you sure its not overheating , take it outside and give it a good clean out .
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Give the memory a good shake down. Download Memtest86+ to test the memory. They have versions for bootable floppies, CDs, and even USB memory sticks.
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:12 AM   #7
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it does seem pretty odd. I'd just go with testing all parts separately.
btw kalgatha, where have you been?
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my dad said he was doin a memory test on it at one point, he never said how it turned out, he was also doin a cpu burn but i didn't stick around for those results either.

oh, i've been here and there. pretty much everywhere. between school work, gettin scholarships for college, my g/f (mostly this one), church ball team, and huntin, i just havn't had much computer time >.< but hopefully i'll have more time now =D

just so yall know, he got a linux bootdisk from a guy at work and did a memtest 86+, i thought he'd already done that but he did a memtest (some other number) that just ran in windows. but its definatly his RAM, so he's gettin new ones. thanx guys!
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