Why does the computer randomly reboot?

Question

Hello, I have Windows XP Pro as my Operating System. Lately, I have been experiencing what seems to be a recurring problem. My computer reboots randomly, and for no apparent reason. I have run virus checks, but this does not appear to be the problem. I really do not want to go through the hassle of reinstalling/formating XP again, as I just did that recently. Does anyone have an idea of what my problem may be and, if so, how to fix it?

Answer

This question was answered on February 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It could be caused by a lot of things, but it is usually a hardware problem A noisy power supply, loose screw under the motherboard, bad CPU fan, and memory, expansion boards, socketed chips, and cables that are not fully seated can cause your computer to randomly reboot So you need to open up the pc and check for these things Be careful when doing this, or you may want to get someone to do it for you

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 23, 2004