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  • Help? <Critical Error> ::shakes fists at mircosoft:

    *ahem*
    .. For quite a while, my computer has stop whatever its doing, screen turns black, and then.. it restarts
    when i log on i get a pop up that says, your computer has recovered from a critical error, or something like that
    Now im saying to myself, crap.. but then it has recovered.. so yay!
    But a couple weeks ago it did this a couple times, then it stopped and just now it did it again.
    It doesn't do this while im playing a game, just listening to music, surfing the web, or chatting on IM.
    Specs:
    XP home
    AMD Duron 1.2
    256 Ram
    Radeon 9600 128 mb

    Should just forget about this and continue with w/e
    or is there something that can be done to stop these errors?
    Thanks
    jackel~

  • #2
    Random restarts most likely have a cause. The last time I saw them was due to the 3.7 Catalyst drivers, but XP was actually claiming an issue with them. If XP isn't pointing to a specific cause then it's going to be difficult to track down.

    What's your power supply, if I may ask?

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    • #3
      Well i think i have 3.9 catalyst drivers
      and..my power suppy, i really don't know
      it came with it, and i think the only way for me to read whay it is, is to take it out.. :\

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      • #4
        Take it out.... should be easy.

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        • #5
          Could be a overheating problem, your system gets to a certain temp. then closes down to save your hardware from frying.

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          • #6
            The majority of cases come with 300W power supplies. I know my Radeon 9500 pro specifically asks for a 350W just to insure there are no power shortfalls in the system. I'd guess the 9600 has a similar power requirement. This means that if the power coming to your system drops slightly, your machine is likely to reboot.

            You can imagine the entertainment when out of the 5 computers in my house, my machine was the only one rebooting during the sometimes frequent brownouts.....

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            • #7
              "offical" 3.9 cats arnt out yet...
              From Adam Webb

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              • #8
                "offical" 3.9 cats arnt out yet...
                lol, i've got he bootlegged junk :P
                .. i have something between 3.8- the unofffical 3.9
                anyways, i'm pretty sure the power supply is 350 or higher
                i don't remember what exactly but its pretty big
                Once i have a chance, i'll open the machine up and have a look

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                • #9
                  yeah i think i have the "something" between 3.8 and 3.9 too ;)
                  From Adam Webb

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                  • #10
                    every random boot problem i have ever encountered was due to a bad Power Supply. if you have an extra, or know someone willing to let you borrow theirs, might be worth a try.
                    flux
                    [tg-c1]

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [gc]flux
                      every random boot problem i have ever encountered was due to a bad Power Supply. if you have an extra, or know someone willing to let you borrow theirs, might be worth a try.
                      Yep, although there are other things that can cause unexpected reboots... Haven't had any in XP, though... I would think that it would definitely be a hardware problem. Just to be safe, I'd run a thorough virus and spyware scan.
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                      • #12
                        well, i think one of the little fans in the back burnt out
                        1 of a total of.... 5
                        i'll try and get another fan, and run some check ups
                        thanks
                        jackel~

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                        • #13
                          Does windows make a log of what happened?
                          i mean, if there was a file that said what happened, i could figure out whats the problem.
                          is that possible?

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                          • #14
                            event viewer, in admin tools...
                            From Adam Webb

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jackel
                              well, i think one of the little fans in the back burnt out
                              1 of a total of.... 5
                              i'll try and get another fan, and run some check ups
                              thanks
                              jackel~
                              This is probably your problem. 5 fans???

                              I have 6 but i have a bigger system. I had to upgrade my 350 watt power supply becuase of random graphic blackouts.

                              Power supplies can be theoreticly be engineered to give out a possible 350 watt peak with less amps(which is what your comp needs) If you check the amp ratings at different (volt)levels of a good quality and a bad quality PS you will see a good difference.

                              Then there are other PS that dont do that. This is the reason why one PS is 120 and another is 60 for the same watt rating.(YAY i learned atleast one thing in school) Quality on PS of premade machines are usually poor. Plus you PS does take beating after a while and cannot produce the needed power that your computer needs.

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