Restart & Restart & Restart & Restart
I have a 350 K6-2. It's not overclocked, 64 meg memory, Windows 98, All busmastering drivers/agp drivers installed. The computer restarts itself frequently. The screen goes blank and it restarts. It doesn't even run a scandisk as it should if Windows is shutdown incorrectly! Does anyone have any suggestions?
Plane Dum ~ Why do you bother to reply unless you have something constructive to say?
Gasman ~ I'm sorry I don't have any ideas, but the above response is not typical of the people on this board.
Someone come on in who can help here.
gasman .. have u tried reformatting your
HD and re-installing everything ......
u might have a short somewhere sending pulses to the reset switch - get a curcuit tester if u can check it out
i dont have another other ideas
faulty MB ... clutching at straws now ... in fact im guessing with all of them sry
Last time I saw this, the MB was bad. Overheating can also cause this. Is the fan on the CPU working? DO you leave the cover on or off?
Another somewhat common cause of random reboots is loose connections. Make sure every card is seating in the slot, the ram is well seated, and the CPU is seating in the socket.
Overheating is another probable cause. Try running the machine with the cover off for a while and see if it improves or even changes.
Something that sprang to my mind might be power management settings in the bios. Does it reboot when idle, while you are working, or both? If you have some of the power management settings in the bios turned on, try disabling them. It could be attempting to go into suspend mode and not making it back.
You don't say how long it runs before shut down occurs, is it 20 mins or longer. if longer with power off remove cover.
power up , check CPU fan is operating,
( make sure its blowing onto CPU don't laff but I had a system resently that had overheating prob's for some reason Fan ran in reverse.)
if fine wait for it to shut down again, and turn power of, touch clean metal area of case to balance static, the with heat sensor check for hot spots, if you don't have heat sensor use back of hand , it's more sensortive than finger pads you don't nead to actually touch the the computer parts, if you don't find a hot spot,
try the following remove and reseat every board, conector, and cable, use manuals to reconfirm your settings,
Do the above if you have checked for any software /BIOS settings irregs.
also take note of power supply make sure its venting, if all above fail you may have fualty mobo, how good were the anti static precautions you took when putting sys together.post info to let us know how things are going.
I would look into the overheating aspect as well. Also maby the board is making contact with the case thus shorting it out. Check to see that all the spacers are installed correct and there is no contact between board
and case .
This system seems to shutdown at varies times. Sometimes when I'm working and sometimes when it's idle. I don't think it is overheating beacuase is restarts after it's only been on five or ten minutes. Also, if it is a loose card or ram, I would think that Windows would run a scan disk at restart.
[This message has been edited by Gasman (edited 08-12-99).]
1. Try turning off the power management features in both CMOS and in 98.
2. Check to make sure the CPU fan is working.
Just a thought, when you get windows up try restarting you computer in MS dos as your sys seems to get into trouble within 10 mins, let it run in MS dos, if it restarts back into windows on it's own, check BIOS settings, if they are good and power manage turned off, send MoBo off for checking if you are sure you have gone through all other options sugested.
sorry forgot, if it doesn't restart on it's own your Problem is with windows in which case you can either unistall 98 and reinstall or spend a few bucks and get Peter Nortons System Works or Utilities and let it have a go at windows on your behalf, if nothing else you'l have a good program working on your side.
I have to go with some of the above..it is probably a MB prob or power supply like what you're plugged in to. Last grab is to ask did it work OK before you changed/installed something new/tweaked something? The last time I had that happen it was the mobo
just my 3c(cdn)
what graphics adapter do you have? my computer with a voodoo3 was restarting all the time until i changed somethings in cmos.
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