Computer switching off

February 7, 2009 at 07:55:25
Specs: Windows XP
My computer is switching off unexpectedly. Sometimes a re-start, sometimes back to DOS options screen. Either way, when i'm up and running again i get this message:

08001 [Sybase][ODBC Driver][Adaptive Server anywhere] Unable to connect to Database Server: Unable to start database server.

I'm sure it's not a power failure issue. My computer's a 4yr old Amibios on XP Pro. It works well but i'm sort of running short of space (8gb left from 80gb). I keep it virus clean and all, so i'm really not sure. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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February 7, 2009 at 08:42:02
Did you check the Event Logs? The restart problem may be an overheating issue.

As for the error you're getting, that's related to Symantec/Ghost. Are you using that software? Google that error or check the Symantec Support site.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown

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February 7, 2009 at 09:16:02
Run disk cleanup or download and use CCleaner.

Find disk cleanup here: "To open Disk Cleanup, click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup".

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February 7, 2009 at 09:40:18
Thanks for your responses guys.

I'm not sure what to make for the event logs. There's errors for IPNATHLP, Dhcp, W32Time and System error but the chronology doesn't always match.

I think now that the Symantec message is an effect of rather than a cause of the failure.

Othehill, i was wondering why a disk cleanup is advised, on top of the normal anti-virus procedures, in relation to this issue. ie what it does that your AVG's etc don't.


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February 7, 2009 at 09:44:27
You have less than 10% free disk space. You need to free up some disk space. That may not be related to your other issue but needs to be done regardless.

Defrag needs at least 15% to even run.

You can check system temperatures by booting into the BIOS (setup) screens and going to PC Health.

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February 7, 2009 at 10:00:37

ok thanks

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