May 2, 2008
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday, folks! This week's topic is about that mystery PC that keeps rebooting randomly, and in Santhsh's case, every 10 to 20 minutes. Since Santhsh has reformatted his hard drive and replaced his RAM in attempts to fix this problem, it's probably fairly safe to say that his random reboots are most likely caused by some sort of hardware failure (excluding the RAM). However, as with any troubleshooting, we should rule out the software issue completely. After reading through the submissions, most of you described the issue as being a heat related issue--overheating of the processor or power supply (possibly caused by a failing fan). Many of you also pointed out to Santhsh that it could either be an underpowered or failing power supply that's the culprit. Some members go on to mention other things such as a failing motherboard capacitor or even the possibility of malware being reloaded back into his computer after the reformatting--and the list goes on. This just goes to show that when it comes computer troubleshooting, there's not always a definitive or a simple solution. And the best way to tackle this issue is through the process of elimination, starting from the basics to the more complex.
All in all, our members are here to help you! We received an abundant amount of helpful recommendations and advice on this. What I have done is to narrow them down to a few to get you all started. These folks' answers here have done a great job at detailing many of the possible culprits and solutions to hopefully get you, Santhsh--and all who are encountering this issue--on the right track to pinpointing the problem and hopefully to getting your PC back to a healthy state. This newsletter is all about helping each other out, so if you have any additional advice for others on this topic, please join in the discussion topic. And Santhsh, if you get your PC back into working order, please post back to let us know what solutions worked for you. Thanks for the great submissions, everyone! Have an awesome weekend!
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Hi. I have a problem with my PC (AMD Athlon 1700+, 256MB of
RAM, 80GB hard disk, CD writer) and I hope you guys can clue
me in as to what can be the issue of my system rebooting
every 10 to 20 minutes after it has been on. I've changed my
RAM and also reformatted my hard drive in attempt to see if
that will remedy my issue, but no success and I'm at a lost.
Is this a hardware issue? Please kindly help me and if
possible list out all the possible culprits that can cause
such issues and possible solutions to remedy it. Thank you
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