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vista keeps restarting by itself

B
#1
My Vista computer keeps shutting down and restarting randomly. Seems to
happen every couple hours. This is not a normal restart, as when I see it,
the balck page with white writing comes up and asks me to press enter if I
want windows to start normally.

This event will happen even if I am in the middle of working on the
computer. I am running Vista Business w/ a quad core and intel MB. Any
ideas?
 

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Lilykittie22

#2
"Ben" wrote:

> My Vista computer keeps shutting down and restarting randomly. Seems to
> happen every couple hours. This is not a normal restart, as when I see it,
> the balck page with white writing comes up and asks me to press enter if I
> want windows to start normally.
>
> This event will happen even if I am in the middle of working on the
> computer. I am running Vista Business w/ a quad core and intel MB. Any
> ideas?
>
 

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Lilykittie22

#3
Mine keeps doing the exact same thing! i'd love to know how to sort it, its
been a hassle since i've bought my computer a few months ago!


"Ben" wrote:

> My Vista computer keeps shutting down and restarting randomly. Seems to
> happen every couple hours. This is not a normal restart, as when I see it,
> the balck page with white writing comes up and asks me to press enter if I
> want windows to start normally.
>
> This event will happen even if I am in the middle of working on the
> computer. I am running Vista Business w/ a quad core and intel MB. Any
> ideas?
>
 

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Malke

#4
Ben wrote:

> My Vista computer keeps shutting down and restarting randomly. Seems to
> happen every couple hours. This is not a normal restart, as when I see it,
> the balck page with white writing comes up and asks me to press enter if I
> want windows to start normally.
>
> This event will happen even if I am in the middle of working on the
> computer. I am running Vista Business w/ a quad core and intel MB. Any
> ideas?
>
That kind of behavior is usually hardware-related. It could be caused by
overheating, a bad processor, bad motherboard, bad RAM. There really is
no way to tell from your post which it might be. If this is a new
computer, contact the computer mftr.'s tech support for
repair/replacement under your warranty. Otherwise, here are some general
hardware troubleshooting steps:

http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Hardware_Tshoot


Malke
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Dzomlija

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#5
My Vista computer keeps shutting down and restarting randomly. Seems to happen every couple hours. This is not a normal restart, as when I see it, the balck page with white writing comes up and asks me to press enter if I want windows to start normally.

This event will happen even if I am in the middle of working on the computer. I am running Vista Business w/ a quad core and intel MB. Any ideas?
The next time it restarts, and you get the menu and the prompt to continue booting normally, see if there is an option that says "Disable Automatic Restart On System Failure", or something similar. If you boot with this option, then the next time Vista "resets", you should see a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). The BSOD will provide a particular "STOP" Error code, which will help in identifying the problem.

You can also go into your PC BIOS right after such a reset and then check your system health. Random resets such as the one you descriobe can also be caused by overheating. If this is the case, then you'll need to have a qualified service technician change your cooling system, unless you feel up to the task yourself.

Check that you have the latest drivers installed.

If you are running Anti-Virus software, do a full update and system scan.

If you have over-clocked your system, which a BAD Idea to begin with, then use the default clock/voltage settings for your motherboard and see if that makes a difference.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMD Phenom 9600 Quad
    Motherboard
    ASUS MB-M3A32-MVP Deluxe/WiFi
    Memory
    2 x A-Data 2GB DDR2-800
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ATI Radeon HD 2400PRO
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAHARA 21"
    Screen Resolution
    1600x1200
    Hard Drives
    2 x 80GB Seagate (I)
    2 x 120GB Seagate (I/S)
    2 x 200GB Seagate (I/S)
    2 x 250GB Seagate (I/S)
    PSU
    800W
    Case
    Thermaltake Tai-Chi
    Cooling
    Tai-Chi Water Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Keyboard
    Genius
    Internet Speed
    384kbps
    Other Info
    Currently dual booting between Vista x64 Ultimate Windows 7 BETA x64

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