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Reboots itself within minutes

I thought I had a software issue that was causing my computer to continually reboot itself and I couldn't stay on long enough to get rid of any programs. It did this after I installed AOL 9.0. So, I finally restored the hard drive and started over. Needless to say, software wasn't the problem. My computer now comes on to the windows me desktop and then reboots itself. Help!

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  • Koalakid Nov 29, 2007

    Thanks for the reply.....however, I have tried the safe mode and get that screen up, click on settings and the computer goes back into rebooting itself. I can never get to the add and remove programs area. However, it shouldn't be on there as I did a complete recovery of the hard drive when I wrote the question.

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I think that if you can boot up in safe mode you can slow things down enough to do something. If you can get there, you can stop the rebooting by going into "Control Panel", click on "System", click on the "Advanced" tab, click on the "Settings" box and uncheck the "Automatically Restart" box.
Then you can go in to "Add or remove programs". If you remove the AOL program, you'll probably be good!
Please let me know how this works for you.
Ron-

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  • Ron Roske Nov 30, 2007

    Man! This is a strange one...
    Because it does get up to desktop before it starts to reboot, it sure looks like an O/S problem. Sorry that I missed the fact that you said that you had already reloaded the O/S.
    I don't have any solid suggestions for you. Might be something fluky with memory? You could try to reseat the memory modules.
    Don't really like to bring the subject up, but you may have had a motherboard go casters up on you.

    I'd suggest putting an external monitor on it, and disconnect everything but 1 memory module, the keyboard, and the HDD and see what happens. If you still have the same problem, then it's probably the motherboard. If not, then you probably have a bad touch pad, CD reader, PCMCIA card, wireless card or LCD. Can't see any of those causing this symptom, but suppose it's possible.
    The only other thing that I can come up with right now is to completely disconnect absolutely everything from the motherboard and then plug everything back in. If you have a connector that is having problems, that should fix it, maybe. ;o)

    Try those things and let me know. In the meantime,I'll scratch my head and think some more.
    Ron-

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