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Windows XP HP Pavilion a818n restarts

By JmL88
May 29, 2008
  1. My computer is an HP Pavilion a818n and it has been running fine until one month ago where the computer will randomly restart without warning. I can be on the internet, typing up an essay, or playing a game or so. The screen will turn black and randomly restart with no error display. I reinstalled Windows XP and got rid of every program to see if that would fix it but apparently did not do a thing. Now when i try to reinstall some of my programs I had, it wont complete the installation and just restart in the middle of it. I don't think its a heat problem or a virus problem either. HELP PLEASE! if you need more information on the computer, please request.
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Can be faulty Ram. Try Memtest for 7 Passes
    Can be faulty HardDrive, Try Drive Diagnostics
    Can even be internal dust (heat build up) Try cleaning out all dust

    Edit:

    Or it may be that all drivers have not been loaded. Try updating all drivers
     
  3. JmL88

    JmL88 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    computer

    i tried all three of those and it still restarts!
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Turn off Automatic Restart
    • Right click on My Computer
    • Select Properties
    • Select Advanced
    • Select Settings (the Startup and Recovery one)
    • De-select Automatically Restart
    • Select OK, Apply, OK

    Run CheckDisk
    • Open My Computer
    • Right Click on C drive
    • Select Properties
    • Select Tools tab
    • Select Check Now button
    • Tick "Automatically fix file system errors"
    • Start YES OK
    • Restart your computer
    • Wait for Check Disk to start/finish
     
  5. gmillionare

    gmillionare TS Rookie

    I had the same problem with my pc not too long ago

    it's fixed!
    it was due to my RAM not being pushed into the slots all the way.
    it hasnt happened since. give it a shot, let me know how it goes
     
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