Why does my computer reboot at random. Is it the power supply?

Question

My computer reboots at random. I've taken it back to where i have bought the parts from and they have had a look but it doesn't reboot in their shop. I belive it could have something to do with either the power supply of the machine or the power supply in my house. Help me plase?

Answer

This question was answered on August 9, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

It sounds like it could be the power supply to the machine, It may not be getting enough power to it or the cord is not secure into the hardware Try and plug the cord in another socket in your house and see what happens Also, problems of this type could be because of faulty or incorrect RAM modules If you recently upgraded the cpu's RAM it is possible that the modules you bought are defective or are of the wrong type for your machine (ie clock speed) If an upgrade was done to the RAM Please refer to the motherboards user manual or quick start guide for the correct RAM type If no upgrade was done, you may want to purchase a new RAM module before you go out and take any drastic steps Again, refer to your motherboards User manual for correct type of RAM compatible with your motherboard

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 9, 2003