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My computer restarts itself at the most inopportune times.

I take college courses online and my computer decides to shutdown and restart itself in the middle of an assignment causing me to lose everything. Can you help me?

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Try to check in the BIOS of your system if you have activated the wake on lan, of your NIC (network card). If you have ypur computer connected to a router and you it on, sometimes there is some network activite that start up 
the machine if the wake on lan (WOL), is active. 

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

  • AbdulRahiman S Dec 10, 2008

    or else the system might be overheating. It will have a temperature overload which shuts it down when it reaches a certain temperature. 


    Hardware issues that cause computer shutdowns :
    Heat - if your computer or any major component (memory, hard-drive, cpu, power supply) is overheating the system can shut down without notice.
    Electrical problem - if any components on the computer have a short or voltage problem the system can shut down without notice.
    Software issues that cause computer shutdowns :
    Driver fault - if a major software driver (software that controls hardware) causes a fault the system can shut down to prevent damage to the hardware. 






  • AbdulRahiman S Dec 10, 2008

    mostly shut downs happen for various reasons but one is when it gets over heated, it is often a sign that something is going bad, could be a fan has stopped running or the power supply is going, or the inside of the pc is full of dust bunnies clogging everything up. When was the last time you took the side panel off and cleaned out the dust? That is a must do chore, get some canned air and carefully blow out the dust, make sure you have the power off of course and ground yourself by holding on to the metal frame of your pc case or get a little cheap antistatic bracelet at any electronics store for a couple bucks.Malware can make it do that too, I do not know what you mean when you say you ran every kind of cleaner imaginable, do you mean antispyware programs? or do you mean registry cleaners, if it was registry cleaners that could be a problem. Listing what you did recently might help. 
    I suggest getting superantispyware free and updating it, running it and let it clean what it finds. 



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Is this on a computer or an Xbox 360? Either way I would check the motherboard or CPU fan and see if either has a problem. On the motherboard, I would check for capacitors that have a bulge and a bit of dried fluid on the top of them. As far as the CPU fan if this is a computer I would check the BIOS settings and make sure the fan is set to normal or always. (newer motherboards control the fan by the bios settings.)

Good luck!

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Replace the power supply.

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    Glenn Rogers Dec 13, 2008

    It was a bad power supply? That's what makes the most sense, xbox, wii, pc, laptop. They exhibit the same characteristic symptom.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand, if on the re-Start, the laptop behaves normally, then the problem is your battery. A few ideas you can try:

  • run the laptop without the battery, just the AC adapter only;
  • try to minimize electrical power consumption such as playing a music CD;
  • reduce USB devices connected;
  • one of the unnoticed power consumer on a laptop is the WiFi, see if there is a power reducing option only if your WiFi router is pretty near.
Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa. Happy Holidays.

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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    Louie Role Dec 10, 2008

    Some other things to consider:


    • is the laptop well ventilated;

    • are the exhaust vents of the cooling fan clear of any obstruction;

    • is the CPU fan turning at all;

    • an external cooling fan might also help if problem is determined to be heat related;

    • an aftermarket docking station with additional cooling fans and battery might be of additional help.
    Cheers.


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    Louie Role Dec 12, 2008

    Hi again,



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