Random restart - (yes, I'm a n00b)

By feoo
Mar 7, 2006
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  1. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    I`m sorry if you find this depressing, but sometimes there is no quick fix.

    I can only tell you what I see in your minidumps. Since your minidumps are crashing randomly, it`s very difficult to be 100% sure what the problem is.

    It did look (based on similar minidump output) like it was a ram problem, and for all I know it still could be. Some faulty ram can pass Memtest.

    It really is a case of testing various things, in order to try and get to the bottom of the problem.

    The difficulty with a forum like Techspot is, we can`t actually get our hands on your computer. I wish we could.

    Run the Windows repair and let us know if this helps.

    Regards Howard :)
  2. feoo

    feoo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    Oh I know I know, I'm sorry I wasnt trying to blame you or anything. I just get flustered easily!


    I selected "R"- but it just dumps me to the command prompt. Anyway of you pointing me towards the guide? :S
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Full instructions for doing a Windows repair, can be found HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
  4. feoo

    feoo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    aurgh found it :D sorry! im lame

    now my box wont even start in safe mode =(
  5. feoo

    feoo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    alright... I'm at the RECOVERY SETUP... and it just.... stops working when the meter says "34 minutes remaining"

    The... blue squares keep... moving, and I don't believe the system is locked up... but- I dont think it should stay at that same status for over an hour. Anyone experience the same issue when using recovery?

    i dont mind reformatting... I'd just like to backup my outlook cab files, favs, etc... before I do.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Try restarting your computer. the setup should continue from where it left off.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. feoo

    feoo Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I did several restarts...
    And each time it would just hang.
    I gave it enough time; allowed it to sit overnight..

    I tried restarting without any CD's to see an error report... and it would say something along the lines of a cycle redundany error- claiming my disk might possibly be bad.

    But I also tried the backup WINDOWS XP disk I have, same results...

    So I just reformated- and re-installed.
    If the disk was bad, why was I able to do a regular reinstall?

    It seems the process is very simlilar.
    Well anyway.

    The problem is fixed, but only because I reinstalled :(
    Was there anything else I coulda done?
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +17

    Sometimes, a reformat and reinstall is what`s required.

    Hopefully, you won`t get any more BSOD`s. If you do, post them in this thread and we`ll see what we can do.

    Regards Howard :)
  9. billmad

    billmad Newcomer, in training

    I am having a similar problem with my TYAN S2466. It was randomly restarting but that problem has since stopped and given way to a different problem.

    I now switch on the computer but I have to let it run for a couple of mins with a blank screen (orange monitor light) and no activity before pressing reset which makes it load up and it stays stable.

    Very odd considering i have changed graphics card, memory, hdd, power supply - pretty much everything. I even tried running off both processors individually.

    Any help appreciated.
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