?
Solved

Restarting stuff

Posted on 2003-02-23
6
Medium Priority
?
175 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-29
Lately, my PC seems to be resetting randomly.  Sometimes, when it's about to happy, the mouse goes all slow, and my MP3 stops playing for a sec.  I've checked the Power Settings, and everything there seems okay.

When I reboot after restarting, though, I sometimes get a Windows Protection Error.  It boots up fine in Safe Mode, but not normally.  It normally takes a few restars to get it working wormally again.

Can anyone help?
0
Comment
Question by:Shoes
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 59

Expert Comment

by:LeeTutor
ID: 8003760
I think it is a hardware problem:  bad memory, or a heat problem, for example.  For the possible bad memory, try this free program:

http://www.simmtester.com/page/products/doc/docinfo.asp

DocMemory, an advanced self-bootable PC Memory Diagnostic Software is a user friendly software designed to capture all possible memory failures in PC.

A rigorous test pattern excerises both the PC Base and Extended Memory to locate defective memory, all carried out without the need for user to disassemble memory from the PC.

Download the software and the installation program automatically create a self-booting diagnostic diskette. Simply insert this diskette into the floppy and reboot your PC to begin testing your system memory.


For the possible heat problem, try taking off your case and check if the fan is running properly; it may be clogged by dust, etc.  If your BIOS supports it, you can use the following free heat checking utility:

(look for the link on the left side of the page for MBM download):

http://mbm.livewiredev.com/           
Motherboard Monitor
This handy program reads temperature and fan RPM data collected by your system's BIOS, displays it in Window's system tray, and alerts you when there's trouble.


0
 

Author Comment

by:Shoes
ID: 8056817
If it was a problem with RAM/hear, wouldn't safe mode not work either?

Anyway, RAM passed the test, and I see no problems with the heat with this MBM program.
0
 
LVL 59

Accepted Solution

by:
LeeTutor earned 300 total points
ID: 8058894
Perhaps it's a virus.  You could try the free online virus tool at http://housecall.antivirus.com    I find that it isn't always able to CURE every virus it detects, but it is good at detecting and identifying them.  

A couple of other free online virus scanners:

http://security2.norton.com/ssc/vc_about.asp?langid=us&venid=sym&plfid=22&pkj=RKNYPJUIYCZRWEJGSSK

http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp 

http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm 
0
 
LVL 59

Expert Comment

by:LeeTutor
ID: 8773090
Since he did give feedback before, when my previous suggestions didn't solve it, I am guessing that the last comment, on checking for viruses, solved it.
0

Featured Post

Are You Using the Best Web Development Editor?

The worlds of web hosting and web development are constantly evolving. Every year we see design trends change, coding standards adapt and new frameworks/CMS created. With such a quick pace of change it’s easy to get lost trying to keep up.

See if your editor made the list.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The Windows functions GetTickCount and timeGetTime retrieve the number of milliseconds since the system was started. However, the value is stored in a DWORD, which means that it wraps around to zero every 49.7 days. This article shows how to solve t…
A small collection of useful tips and tricks for Windows 10 users that I decided to write as a result of recent questions that were asked and answered at Experts Exchange. Two short video tutorials included. Enjoy..
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows DVD Burner through its features and interface. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…
Suggested Courses

800 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question