Computer boots up then immed shuts down then reboots again and keeps doing this, also video is extremely out of wack, updated to sp3 started about 2 weeks after that, got on long enough to restore back to sp2 still not working, boots in safe mode can do what you want but video starts to get lines in it then everything gets distorted
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Re: constantly reboots itself
The Gateway GT5220 has an AMD Athlon 64 processor. It has been
documented that Windows XP SP3 doesn't play well with some AMD CPUs.
I'm pretty sure this is one of them. I would suggest attempting a
system recovery using a restore point on a date BEFORE you installed
SP3. If that doesn't work, you might consider recovery using the
original Gateway Restore CD. It will likely wipe the system, but that
might be the only choice.
I would NOTstart with the total reload option. We have a couple others
before you get there, so try the restore point and then let me know the
results. We'll go from there...
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You are probably getting a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD,) but the PC is restarting too fast to read it. turn it on and after the first re-start, press [F8] about 3 times every 2 seconds, (do NOT just hold it down.)
When successful, the Advanced Boot Options Menu will appear, (if it did not, then you missed it, keep trying.) Using the Arrow-up and Arrow-down keys highlight the option that says : "Disable Automatic restart on system failure"
This will be valid for only 1 boot, then it will go back to constant looping, (unless you do the above again lol.)
When it BSODs you need to write-down the Stop Error displayed along with any file(s)-named to be causing the error.
A common one is 0x000000D1 Driver IRQ not less than or equal
This is a device driver error....see if you can boot into one of the Safe Mode options on that Advanced boot options menu. If you CAN, then use System Restore to go back to a day BEFORE the problem began. [note: if you have a virus, the problem will likely return.]
OverheatingWhen the CPU overheats then it will shut down (i.e. thermaloverload) and won't boot up again until it has cooled down. If this is theproblem is not fixed then the CPU will eventually fail. A faulty fan causes the problem or the fan and heat sink assembly are cloggedwith dust. Check the CPU fan to see if it spins freely, if not replace the fan. If the fan and heat sink is clogged with dust the remove the dust and make surethe vents are clear and dust free. Use a small brush and can of compressed airto do this.
When does it shut itself off? Is this happening time you press the power button and during the boot cycle it shuts off without completing the boot to windows? If it shuts down after you've worked on it for a while it could be that it is running hot. If you let it sit a while to cool off then press the power button, if it completes the boot cycle and allows you to work it is definitely running hot. Normally when they run hot if you immediately try to reboot, it will fail. If you let it cool off it will boot successfully. Computers run hot because of a fan not working, dust clogging the fan vents or the Thermal Paste around the CPU and Heat Sink has become hard or too thin to keep the unit cool. If it's not running hot you might have a power supply or motherboard issue. Try removing the power cord and press and hold the Power Button for 30 seconds to release any Static Buildup. Then plug the power cord back in and try to reboot.
sounds like you have a virus boot your pc in safe mode to do this press f8 on your keyboard after the first startup screen you should get a screen up with boot options choose safe mode let your computer start up then run your antivirus program when finished reboot computer hopefully this will solve your problem
The first thing you should do is remove the video card and try to boot
the PC using the onboard video (video on the Motherboard) and see if
that solves the problem. If it does, try putting the video card back
in in a DIFFERENT PCI slot and try it again. Sometimes Windows loses
its marbles about
cards inserted into PCI slots. My nieces eMachine loses its marbles
over the Wireless LAN card about once a year, so I just move it to a
different slot (swap it with the phone modem card). If that makes it
flaky again, try updating the video card drivers. If it doesn't help,
your video card is shot.
If it isn't the video card, try taking out one memory chip at a time and booting with the
first one in. If that doesn't do it, swap the memory chip with the
other one and try booting it again. If needed, replace bad chips....
After that, it is probably the power supply or the MB itself. Swap out
the power supply first. If it is not the power supply, then it is
probably the MB, and you are SOL.
Constant rebooting of a computer can be cause by alot of reason the most common for this is due to oevrheating, to check if this is a overheating problem try to open the case of the tower and put a electric fan in front of the tower to coll it down then power ON thecomputer and if it booted up fine with a electric fan blowing on the tower we're sure that you need to add some colling device on the computer tower, But if still do the same thing the problem here is the power supply unit it needs a replacement already....