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Computer keeps restarting after a couple of seconds

By cramped
Apr 13, 2009
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  1. Hey Guys,

    About 6 months ago I built up a system for gaming and has worked fine up until now. For no apparent reason when I power on the system the cpu fan spins the harddrive spins and all the aux fans but only for a couple of seconds then it turns off and tries to restart again. If I pull the P4 plug from the board the fans will then start and stay spinning. Im not really sure whats going on but any help would be good before I go out a buy something I dont need.
    My specs are:

    Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 board
    Q6600 cpu
    Asus 8600 GTX Silent graphics card
    2 x 2Gb DDR2 800mhz Patriot Ram
    500gb Seagate hdd
    and a Sigma 500 watt PSU


    Thanks in advance
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,062   +84 Staff Member

    Just a shot in the dark, but I figure it's better than nothing. Sounds like your PSU may be failing/has failed. Try swapping it out for another and see where you get.
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  4. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 227

    Check and make sure your heatsink is still securely fastened.

    :)
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You mean this part, provided in the above link?
    Actually, no that's the CPU not the Heatsink. My mistake :/
  6. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 227

    lol, i figured there was a section in the no post link you provided kim. Was just giving him something to browse for =P

    And yes, that is a link to re-seating the cpu hehe.
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Doh ! You found an area I hadn't mentioned
    And I like being thorough :mad:

    Hmm I did mention heat, but that wasn't exactly specifically loose heatsink.

    Now I have to think about what to do :)
  8. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 227

    Add a new section of course :)
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