Computer rebooted itself while surfing


I run Spybot and Adaware frequently to keep garbage off my machine. However, the last time I rebooted, something went awry. I had just run both programs, although I don't believe that has anything to do with my machine. My active desktop failed. I was unable to get the machine to respond for approx 30 minutes. Then I was able to restore my active desktop, and the machine seemed to be running fine. However, today, it rebooted itself while I was surfing. I have adequate power (350W) as this was a previous problem after I initially built the machine, so I know it is not a power issue. Any input at all would be helpful. Thanks!



This question was answered on June 21, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

To whom it may concern:

Seeing that computer just shuts down out of no where, I would think this is a heat issue Your computer seems to be getting hot, there are a few things you can do/check.

First, open your case and make sure that all of the fans are working You should have atleast one fan in the front of the case blowing inside, one fan in the back of the fan blowing air out of the case Also make sure that the fan on the processor is working, thats most important

Second, if the problem persists after seeing the fans are ok, it might be your processor is getting too hot You will now need to take the heatsink off the processor, between the processor you need to buy something called Artic Silver to put there Artic Silver takes heat from the processor and transfers it to the heatsink You can buy Artic Silver at many online retailers including,, etc You only have to put a very thin layer of this substance on the processor Once done resit the heatsink Reboot your computer and your processor should not heat up anymore causing random reboots.


Dimitrios Theodorou

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Posted by Dimitrios of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 21, 2004