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My computer keeps rebooting itself.

A few evenings ago I was working on my computer (emachine) with no problems. The next morning it was frozen with on 'countdown' screen to reboot. I had to hard boot to get it to do anything. When it starts booting, the E logo comes up with my options to go to bios etc.... then it goes to the countdown screen. Whether I chose to boot normally or using last good config, it would just repeat the process of going to E logo screen. I got frustrated and turned it off for most of the day. When I turned it back on, it did the same thing, but this time when I chose last good config it actually start booting up. There was a microsoft error report, so I sent it. I tried to go download a critical windows update, but at approx 75% completion....it rebooted itself. This started the cycle over, however I was having much better luck at least getting it to boot all the way at least a couple of times, so that I could back up some recent files. I tried to restore, but it never seems to get to complete either. Essentially, at this point, I can get it to boot up, but if anything is running it won't take it long to start rebooting itself. Sitting idle it takes it longer to start rebooting. Please help!

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After doing what sandrew mentions in the previous post, and still getting the same problem, try resetting the BIOS (there should be a small jumper with three positions on it and a cap on two of them, close to the CMOS battery. you have to move it to the position that's open. If it is on position 1-2 , move it to position 2-3 for a few seconds and then back).
if you post your exact model I can probably tell you where the reset jumper is.
You can also try removing the memory from it's socket and putting it back again

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First check the cmos (3V disc shape)battery on your motherboard is ot flat, as this causes reboot loops. Also check that the processor fan is free of dust and so you can count out overheating.

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