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Mo money(PSU)...... mo problems.

By totalbadness
Feb 4, 2004
  1. okay... so you all saw how excited i was to upgrade my puny 300w to a veluptious 450w.................... thought my problems were over.................... thought i'd be good................. thought i was fine........................ though.(you get the point)

    its still restarting........ here's what its doing.

    after the computer is shut down for a while and i start it up, it loads fine..... i can even log on to the net, watch a bit of a downloaded movie, maybe even play a few seconds of a game.....

    but then it restarts just as it did with my old PSU..... only instead, when it starts back up on its own, the second it gets to the windows desktop it restarts on its own again, before i have a chance to do anything... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

    is it overheating? i counted and i have 5 fans inside my computer. 1 small one on the motherboard, 1 in the front, 1 in the lower back, 1 on my PSU, and another one on the back....... and they were all working.

    i also switched that little red thing on the back of my PSU that says 115, and 230, whatever that is, thought it might help, but no such luck.... does it need to be 115 or 230?.......

    so there's my prob...... any help and i'd kill for it..... thanks

    your loyal newb
    taylor





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  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    You probably have blown your shiny new PSU already. In the UK you have 230V. If you try it on 115V (for USA), all circuits on your PSU will BLOW, POOF, SPARK and what have you.
     
  3. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,608   +295

    That little switch should be left at the setting it was at. The other setting is for other countries running different voltages for their mains supplies.

    Is this computer one you built yourself?
    If so what settings have you changed in the bios?
    For it to have problems with loading windows I would try setting your memory to more relaxed settings as a first step. if its not already set in the bios to "By SPD" for the CAS, RAS and other memory timings then set it to this to begin with. Try that and let us know how you get on.
     
  4. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,244

    you should have kept this as a single thread rather than making new ones for every time you had new info to add. Took me till just now to realise what the original problem was. This is related to the Call of Duty rebooting right?

    I think I had told you before to try different drivers, then you could look at the PSU as a possible cause. Seems you jumped on everyone elses bandwagon and replaced the PSU without confirming.
    Anyway, while that may be a cheap PSU and might be crap(don't know since you didn't mention brand) it should still have fixed your problem, as the 300 you had should have powered your system, although borderlined.

    After you saw that drivers were not causing the game reboots, you should have tried troubleshooting the card as well as the motherboard to make sure of the problem, it seems that you now have more problems than you had originally.

    BTW, USA=115v(105-125 actual voltage) for standard household outlets) Setting it to 230 will cause it to not power up properly. As RBS mentioned earlier, setting it to 115v in other countries where 230v is standard will cause it to blow
     
  5. Steverz

    Steverz TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I do not know what the original thread was, but your situation recently happened here in the office I am in (rebooting on its own over and over). The problem was corrupted system files, not the Power Supply (though the ps can cause what you are experiencing). If it is not system files, have you checked the PS voltage with a multimeter? A drop in voltage can cause your problem. What about an unnoticed drop in house current? Just some things to check.
     
  6. totalbadness

    totalbadness TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    okay... i see your point.... i've updated every driver that i know of... i've even had some interesting troubles over the past couple of days with downloading and trying out new drivers, for instance i downloaded detonator 45.03 i think, and upon restarting, the computer was set to 4 bit color scheme.... so now i'm reverted to my previous which is a detonator 53.03.... and everything seems to be running smoothly... except for my problem of the computer restarting during gameplay and movie watching....


    i am currently attemting at setting up a new computer profile, and disabling various components to make it a better profecient gaming computer. as found in www.tweakxp.com


    i rest assured knowing that this will most likely not help any at all, but as for now, i'm just shooting from the hip.... going at it trial by error.... eliminate the answers that don't work by trying them 1 by 1.....


    i've searched online at system BIOS adjusting, but i could never get a clear answer as to what exactly i should adjust/alter/optomize.... you know.

    anyways, i'm still open for suggestions, i'm to the point that i'm ready to give in and just call a specialist to come over and look at it. its $65 an hour, but if thats what it takes to get it done i'd do it.....


    if i could pay someone online that'd be even better, but you know...................

    if anyone has any insight, i'd eat em' up cause they're so yummy....... still :confused: and getting :blackeye: over the whole situation, but trying to keep on :) and consider it a learning experience....
     
  7. totalbadness

    totalbadness TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    if so..... how would i fix corrupt system files......

    i've even tried uninstalling, and re-installing the video game......

    and the re-booting isn't the only thing...

    the game also encounters a problem sometimes and a dialogue box appears and i have to click close...... (which made me think it might be a software problem, with the game itself)....

    but upon reclicking and trying to play the game again, the comp. just shuts off.....

    it's strange...

    i'm wondering if rebooting the whole thing would work..... wipe the memory and reinstalling windows and everything?
     
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  9. cremedies

    cremedies TS Rookie

    You either have a Windows operating system problem, in which you would back up all you data, then format and reinstall Windows to resolve your issue; or you have a bad motherboard which will need to be replaced.

    These are the only two things that I have seen other than the unlikely "bad hard drive" that will cause the system to randomly reboot as you say. Heat would be another issue but you say you don't suspect that to be an issue.
     
  10. MattG

    MattG TS Rookie Posts: 140

    In my experiences with rebooting, its always been a heat issue. Sure 5 fans is nice, but some times not enough. ON the PC i worked on, it had a good 5 fans, 1 being a 120mm. So who would have thought it was heat? Go into BIOS and check your CPU temperature - and make sure the warning beep is off. Some motherboards when too hot, shut down or restart.

    Before you go messing with windows (which seems to work anyways) check all your hardware. Starting with CPU, then move to memory, then the video card...etc.

    Check list:
    1. CPU Heat
    2. RAM Timings
    3. Video Heat
    4. Video Voltage proper?
    5. AGP Slot ok?
     
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