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computer rebooting

Posted on 2004-09-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
My PC is randomly rebooting after it has been on for a few minutes, and after it does for the first time it wont even make it back into windows before it reboots again. I just upgraded from a crappy ECS (dont know model) motherboard to a DFI LANPARTY NFII Ultra B. My other components are as follow:
300w PSU
AMD AthlonXP 2000+
Nvidia 6800GT
2 Hdds (wd 80gig, and a wd 120gig)
1 gig DDR-ram (2x 256, 1x 512)
The heatsink is a large copper with heat tubes on it and the fan is pretty powerful (temp in BIOS shows 48C at the time of the shutdowns, which is actually lower than my previus case/mobo)
The case is an antec case with good airflow (80mm on side, 2x 80mm in front, and 120mm in rear)
I had windows 2000 Professional on it earlier today and it seemed to run fine but i decided to put XP Pro on it and thats when the problems started occuring. Now i cant even reformat to try the install again before it BSODs.

Anything else you need to know just post it and i will answer. Thanks in advance
Question by:DebbieFost
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ID: 12080815
update: finally letting me format and install XP after i disconnected a cold cathode and my cd-r/w. will post back when setup is done.

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ID: 12080948
second update: after reformat same problem occurs with both old and new drivers. RAM seems pretty hot to touch, taking out the older RAM to test.

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third update: it was the RAM, i had paired 2 sticks of 256MB pc2100 with a stick of 512 pc2700. i removed the pc2100 and it is now stable. thanks for the help!! ;)
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Debbie, delete this question and your points will be refunded as you solved your own problem....  : )

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/   if you're unable to delete it post a question here asking that the question be closed and points refunded.

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If i delete this will it remain on the site for people to see? I dont need the points back and would like to leave it on the site for anyone that may be having the same problem so they can see how I solved it.

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woodendude earned 500 total points
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No it won,t... good idea!

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ok then.. i guess you get the points for answering my second question :)

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