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Computer keeps restarting

Hello,
I installed a new maxtor drive and replaced the 256, and 500MB memory with 2 1G Memory cards.

I believe i didnt enter everything correctly in the bios screen upon initial power up bc i doubled pressed esc accidentally during configuration. Upon 2nd power up after this the computer was frozen.. 3rd power up everything worked fine for hours however the computer froze. It has frozen 2x within the past 5 hours since then.

I called it to help, it appears that they didnt do anything but check the drives however now my computer keeps restarting every couple minutes. It does stay on however in safe mode.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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  • Ariane
    Ariane Sep 05, 2008

    Thanks! Im going to try that when i get back to work next week!



  • Ariane
    Ariane Feb 04, 2009

    I was able to start the procedure again, and after following the same procedure everything has been working great. Suspect I typed something in incorrectly during initial setup! Thanks for your suggestion.

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Escape means that the changes were not saved.

Concerning the hd, it is possible to download a tool to verify its integrity. You can choose the version (bootable would be the best).

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#maxtor


And for the memory stick, you could use the memtest86+ to verify if it is not the problem. I bought 2 memory sticks of 1 Gb each and there was one in problem. I had to test them individually, and found out the one was not good, after 8 hours of test.

http://www.memtest.org/#downiso

Again, a bootable version is better.

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