How to fix cpu sudden reboot problems?

Question

My system keeps rebooting while I am playing a game or on the internet.

I have a 60 Gig Hard Drive with 2 partitions.

One running Win 2000 and the other running Win XP

Please help

Thank you

Answer

This question was answered on March 5, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

This does not sound good First thing that comes to mind is maybe (just maybe) your cpu fan is toasted.

When the CPU overheats it could be causing the reboot.

To check whether or not your cpu fan is running you could remove the side panels (or full panel depending on box design) so you can peek into your computer while it is running.

Turn your computer on with the sides off.

If you don't see the fan on your CPU running then you need a new one.

If you are a total newbie the above may be scary.

If so get a friend or local tech to help.

If the fan is not running you can either buy one and install yourself, or take it to a repair shop for a new one.

Not all fans are the same So make sure you get the right type for your cpu.

Sorry but the world of computer innards were not designed to be simple for us normal folks.

If the cpu fan is running then the reboot is not caused by overheating.

But let's check the fan first.

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Posted by Enyenihi of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 5, 2003