Why is the system randomly rebooting?

Question

We have a computer that has started to radomly reboot. It was doing this repeatedly, about 15 times in a row. We did a system retore which seemed to help. But if we run more than one program at a time it reboots.

What could be causing this? Is it a heating issue? We hear the fans running, but have not opened the case yet.

Thanks

Answer

This question was answered on March 10, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Random reboots are typically caused by one of the following: Overheating, bad motherboard, corrupt operating system or bad hard drive First, open the case and check the CPU fan to see if it is spinning correctly and at full speed Next, examine the motherboard capacitors for any signs of bulging and or leaks on the board

You may rule out the MB and CPU fan by alternately, swapping out the hard drive into the PC if you happen to have an extra one around with an operating system installed If it works fine after the swap, then you have just narrowed down where the issue lies.

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Posted by Kera of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 10, 2005