not reading memory
Posted 01 February 2005 - 04:43 PM
Posted 01 February 2005 - 06:11 PM
Set your pc to blue screen instead of rebooting. Go to Control Panel>system>advanced>startup and recovery. Uncheck 'reboot on system failure'. It should blue screen with an error message.
Defective capacitors on the motherboard can cause reboots. Take a good look at them. Look for any expansion or bowing out.
I would sweep the machine for virus's, spyware and trojans and submit a Hi-Jack log.
Posted 01 February 2005 - 06:35 PM
Posted 01 February 2005 - 07:37 PM
Posted 01 February 2005 - 08:28 PM
Two other posibilities for reboots would be a CPU that is overheating and a defective power supply. I bought a power supply tester at Compusa for $12 or so. It's a small plastic thing with several LED's on it.
To eliminate the possibility of to much heat in the case, you might want to remove the covers and position a fan to blow into the case.
I would reseat the cpu. Perhaps dissasemble everything and put it back together. Could be poor conductivity somewhere.
Posted 02 February 2005 - 12:44 AM
emachines usually have some nice components, good motherboards, etc... their one shortfalling is the power supply... it's the main reason emachines aren't the #1 selling computers in the world. If you find your mouse won't move sometimes, or is jerky at times, that's also a symptom of a bad power supply... well, not bad, just unpowered for the system it's on.
personally, I've owned 3 emachines and never had any trouble out of them, but other people I know have gone through several powersupplies under warranty, only to buy a good aftermarket power supply and solve all their problems.
Using a lot of memory, putting stress on the cpu, adding any pci cards, using the net, having usb devices plugged in (especially ones that don't have any external power, such as digital camera card readers)... all these things come at a price of wattage used... so, at some point the weak power supply says, well, that's it for me... and stops... the computer acts as if switched off, and simply reboots...
one cure is to buy a new case with at least a 300 watt power supply, and swap all your parts into that. You can also buy new power supplies, especially check ebay for good prices
There may be some other cause for your rebooting problems, but the power supply should be the first suspect
Posted 02 February 2005 - 03:32 AM
You've got on-board graphics...that's something to avoid in the future. Speaking from experience.....don't buy a cheap power supply. They short out and tend to take out motherboards and in my case two hardrives. A lot of power supplies that come with cases are cheap junk.
Find out if your machine is built to ATX industry standards. If it is I would buy a power supply that is at least 350 watts. You can always use it in your next pc. A couple of good brands are Antec and pc power and cooling.
I think that I would look in the BIOS and see if you can disable the on-board graphics and buy a video card with on-board memory.
Posted 02 February 2005 - 02:34 PM
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