Constant Reboots

December 24, 2009 at 22:07:54
Specs: Windows XP
After purchasing new memory, my AMD computer would reboot on its own minutes into a boot. I tried reinstalling a fresh copy of XP but it would reboot into the installation. It reboots in the BIOS setup so it is not the O/S. I replaced the old memory but it did the same thing and eventually it got worse. In fact if I took the memory out it would still reboot along with the beeping error codes for no memory. It now reboots in seconds. I can get a new power supply cheap, but I don't want to get it for nothing if it is the motherboard that is bad.

Do you think it is the power supply or the motherboard?


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#1
December 24, 2009 at 23:02:28
We need to know the system specs,the old ram specs and the new one specs.U can try to remove the new ram put the old back the clear cmos.Did u hear any beeps during startup?Do u see any post screen?

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#2
December 24, 2009 at 23:09:57
The memory was 256mb and was replaced with Kahlon 512mb. However, after removing ALL the memory, the reboot problem still persisted so this tells me it has nothing to do with the memory at all. Of course, with the memory removed, the PC beeped to let me know the memory was missing but there was no beeping with any of the memory installed. The boot was always normal until the reboot. All power connections were removed to isolate the problem as well. It has to be the power supply or the motherboard.

Thanks for the quick reply on such a late Christmas morning!


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#3
December 24, 2009 at 23:42:19
So when u install memory u can't hear any beeps plus u can't see anything on screen? If yes i experience the same problem yesterday on compaq desktop(intel p4) i remove memory and machine beep when i instal memory u can't hear or see anything i thought the board is dead but i solve the problem by clearing cmos and the reinstal cpu when i start the system tadaaa.. The system boots fine with no problems.

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#4
December 25, 2009 at 07:00:36
When the memory is installed the PC does boot NORMALLY with the BIOS screen and then the XP screen. However, now it reboots within seconds so that is no longer true. There are NO error codes with either memory stick. I removed all the memory, forcing the PC to give error codes from the lack of memory, just to see if the memory was causing the reboot. Since it reboots anyway, over and over, without any memory installed, then I concluded it cannot be the memory but either the MB or the power supply.

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