Computer reboots once then starts working normally
Posted on 2002-06-23
I am going haywire with my PC. Recently it started rebooting by itself and giving me blue screens in XP. So I installed windows 2000 which had never given me problems. Unfortunately, the same thing happens. After about 5 minutes after boot, my pc reboots itself. Sometimes it just goes all black and the disk light keeps flashing.
I've formated my PC twice, reinstalled everything, got the latest graphics card drivers (since I've found out LOTS of people are having problems with XP, and NVidia cards.) I even swapped my two memory chips to see if it could be that. No change.
I haven't added new hardware recently, but it all started when I started getting blue screens and errors from infinite loops in the graphics driver. Now it seems the driver doesn't blue screen anymore but just reboots.
Has anybody had any similar problems ? I am suspecting graphics drivers, but am scared of a hardware problem. And on every reboot it is almost certain that some or other windows file gets messed up and I have to repair. Strangest thing is it only seems to happen when I'm in windows. My computer never reboots when I'm playing a game or anything like that.
It's driving me crazy... Any help or ideas would be appreciated.
My configuration is :
P3 - 1GHz
Motherboard with Via chipset
Geforce256 32Mb - Drivers 11 June 2002
Windows 2000 - SR2