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Howdy, my computer has been working fine for about 6 months and then it randomly started rebooting. That happened for about two weeks, it happened again today and now will not boot up, it seems its just stuck in a cycle. Any ideas would be great as i'm well out of my depth. Im running M2n-e Sli,nvidia 9800 gt 1g, 2g ram ddr2, amd x2 6000+, sata 1 tb, vista ultimate. Thanks

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  • nuzz666 Jul 19, 2009

    wow!

    thanks for the fast reply,

    Well the simple answer is no as I have no clue how to do that. Do you think this is most likly to be a hardware than a software problem?

  • nuzz666 Jul 26, 2009

    Thanks for the help guys, I have found the problem, it tured out to be a knackerd hard drive, only 10 months old Maxtor 500gig 32 cache 7200rpm. Have ordered a western digital black wont touch maxtor again!

    Again thaanks for the help anyways guys!

  • Mohamed Omran May 11, 2010

    Did you check the motherboard for any leaking capacitors?

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I agree with eng_omran, sounds like a hardware problem, and is bad Electrolytic Capacitors on the motherboard. In fact, I'm betting the one's that surround the processor. These 'Caps' are Voltage Regulators for the processor. (The processor has to have DC voltage within a specific range. Too much, or too little, the processor won't turn on, or if it's on it will turn off.

How to check for bad 'Caps'. Do a visual inspection. Most of the time a bad capacitor will have visual signs. Not ALWAYS, but most.
The style of Electrolytic Capacitor used on a personal computer's motherboard, resembles a small aluminum 'Coke' can. Looks pretty much like a small pop can. To simplify construction of it, let's just say this cylindrical aluminum can has a lid on top, a lid on bottom, and these lids have a seal. The top 'Lid' will have a K, or an X shape etched into it. Inside the can is Electrolytic Paste.

When the capacitor goes bad, or is going bad, the Electrolytic Paste inside develops a gas. Hydrogen gas. This gas may,

1.Make the sides bulge out.
And/or,
2.Break the seals for those 'Lids', and ooze out of the top, or out of the bottom, or both. The paste is usually Yellowish to Brownish.
The K or X shape at the top splits open in some cases, allowing the gas to escape.

This link shows visual signs giving you more clarification, on what to look for when a capacitor goes bad, and what an Electrolytic Capacitor looks like on a motherboard,
http://www.capacitorlab.com/visible-failures/index.htm

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Check the viruses. It may have a virus who is doing it.

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