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Jim Wilcox
Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2002 - 4:33 pm:   

I got this huge problem with my computer restarting on its own mainly while playing 3d games... Here's my setup:

Athlon 2100 XP
Maxtor ATA 100 scsi card
Kyro II graphics card (3d prophet)
830LR Mainboard (latest firmware)
300w Power Suppy
Intake in front of case

cpu idles at 68C (yeah i know thats hot)
cpu fan @ 3000 rpm

It's not the memory, ive swapped it out, its not overheating becuase i've taken a floor fan and blew it right in the opened case and still restarts. Somtimes it restarts right when a game just starts while the cpu isnt even hot yet. I think its either the Mainboard or Power suppy.

Ohhh and it started doing this about 4 months after i go it.
Posted on Monday, September 2, 2002 - 2:27 am:   

sounds like a heat issue, but could be a software/hardware conflict. games, with certain video cards, the drivers can't handle it. so, some have ingeniously modified the drivers to make games work in certain hardware setups. ahh... i tried that once: the upside was i got the games to work better, but lost functionality of regular apps or programs like internet explorer, it rebooted on me or locked up causing me to have to reboot or hit the reset switch. have registry errors and what not when i tried to do simple deleting of my caches. i went back to the old drivers and all my problems went away. go figure. try here and look through they're bbs: or this one: if it's graphic card or hardware related. they might have some useful information for tweakers.
george Stevenson
Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2002 - 3:33 pm:   

I have the same problem but a different slant I have a brand new upgraded athlon excaliber 2 version 1.1 I have a 1.6 CPU and 52k ram a 20gig maxtor, and it is not the Ram cause I have changed it out as I have the CPU so that leaves the motherboard. It only started doing this the last 2 months I have had the setup for 5 months now. I have XP prof. My temperatures run fine
my computer reboots anywhere from 1-5 times as it starts and after it runs a while it steadies out with the odd time it reboots again anywhere up to 6 hours running. I have tested different plug in points and I have a good ups system. It is driving me crazy. Can anyone help
Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2002 - 8:10 pm:   

Reseat any cards in the system. Make sure to reseat the video card. If it's loose your system will reboot whenever it takes a mind to.
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 12:36 am:   

well, it could be directx related. you can try reinstalling directx to the latest version. or where a piece of hardware can't handle the game you're trying to play. remember to check the requirements for the game. on the low end, it may work, but you also may have problems. current drivers also make a big difference too, see if the drivers you have are updated, or if they can't be, that there is a version that will work depending on the game you're trying to get working optimally.

i went thru the customized driver thing with my old machine. had to do that to get the game to work on an older vid card. my computer at the time was not really up to speed with the specs required of the game. but i lost normal funtionality with the rest of the pc because of it. however, the game worked.

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