Why would my computer restart itself and then shut itself off?

Question

Ok, my computer restarts itself, and sometimes even turns itself off to the point where the onyl way to turn it back on , is to take out the power cable for 2 seconds then plug it back in. I'm pretty sure its a power problem, so i went to the power management tool and checked if there was an auto standby option or somethin checked, but there wasn't. Its weird though. When i reformat my hard drive, it runs fine until you restarts the computer or turn it off....i know one solution would be to reformat my hard drive, then leave the computer on forever, but my parents wont really agree to that.. so what should i do? whats the problem? and how can i fix it? (besides paying 85 bucks to get it fixed)

Answer

This question was answered on April 14, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You checked the Power Management Tool, but have you checked the power supply itself.

Make sure that your PC is completely off Then open your tower to make sure that the power supply connection is properly in place on the motherboard and is properly connected to the drives.

The other thing you want to check is the CMOS battery, make sure it is seated properly.

While you are at it make sure the RAM sticks are seated properly.

You should not have to keep reformatting your hard drive

If the problem still persists, then you may need to replace the power supply and/or the CMOS battery.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 14, 2004