Last week my computer was running fine. I went out of town last Friday and when I came back on Monday it seems to have developed a little quirk: it spontaneously reboots itself. No blue screen of death, no fancy shut down, just one minute I’m humming along, next it’s rebooting.
What I’ve done so far:
Result: Nada, same problem.
Things I’ve done:
-dusted it out with canned air
-tested the memory (it’s ok)
-put on some heat sink grease because it wasn’t done when the
computer was built (4/01)
-deleted all temp files & temp. internet files (including cookies)
-checked the fans (all three are running)
-checked the cpu temp in the bios (high seems to be a steady 95f)
-cpu fan rpm ranges from 5000 - 53XX
Result: Still reboots itself.
Things I know about the problem:
-ICQ seems to cause the problem to happen more often
-It only happens when I’m actively using the computer (browsing websites mainly)
-I can leave my computer running all night and all day at work and it won’t reboot
-I was able to go in and play an online video game for about 15mins without a reboot happening
-I was able to move all my mp3s (about 10mins) to my spare hard drive w/o a reboot happening, however, when I downloaded some drivers for my new video card (thanks Ian!!) it rebooted about 3/4 of the way. I was able to make it through the second attempt though.
-no funny electrical smells coming from the computer and the surge protector looks fine
-It rebooted itself when trying to place some settings or something for the new video card. The wizard started automatically after it detected the new hardware and I had restarted the computer
Based on this last thing, I’m very cautious about attempting a reformat because I’m afraid it will keep rebooting itself while trying to install windows and all the components, etc and I won’t be able to get it up and running. I’m running Win98, but if I do attempt the reinstall, I’ll be upgrading to Win2000.
It was suggested to me that I should replace the battery on the MB, which I could do (once I go through all my current bios settings so I can put them back), but is it really necessary?
My ex is convinced it’s the Mauvaise-Virus. Every computer I’ve had I run into problems that make experienced techs say, “Huh… I’ve never seen that before.”
A friend of mine is almost convinced it’s my processor (which is another reason I’m reluctant to attempt the reformat). I can pick up a Celeron processor that is compatible with my board for about $60, but… well, I’m just not sure that’s the next step. Another friend suggest swapping out the power supply. Of course I don’t have a spare, but I could go buy one. I just don’t want to buy a lot of computer parts that I don’t really need just to rule things out.
Basically what I’m asking is what else can I try? And what do you think the problem could be?