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A cause for concern...?
« on: May 17, 2011, 09:48:43 AM »
Hey guys,

Recently I have been leaving my computer on and going off and doing other stuff for half an hour or more, and sometimes I will come back and find, instead of my computer having just turned the displays off or running a screensaver, the entire computer has rebooted itself.  In regards to information, I don't lose anything (past experiences make me save all the time) but I'm a bit concerned about the hardware.  Is there a connector that I should check?  The SATA cables are new as of about February, but the HDD is going on three years old, standard 7200rpm Seagate Momentus.  The motherboard is a similar age.  Oh yeah, it also comes up with a windows error message upon login and reboot as well, saying:

Problem Event Name: BlueScreen

Is there anything I can do about this?  If it requires a hard drive replacement (to at least be on the safe side) it won't be an issue (will have a spare Momentus XT once I've installed the SSD into my laptop when it's back from repairs...), I'd just like to know what is going on.

Thanks in advance!!
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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011, 09:55:29 AM »
Did the PC itself have any tasks running?
Vid-encoding? CAD files in work? Texture viewing/alteration?Sound-recording?

Is the case clean?
And by clean I mean: all those fancy rotary whirlwinds in there able to do their job fully and unhindered.

Either:
-System gets too hot, bluescreens, resets, comes back on
-System crashes upon faulty RAMīs / faulty sectors of HDD when working over them/with them

Could be something totally else too, of course, but those two are real prominent candidates for bluescreen-restarts.
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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2011, 11:12:21 AM »
I had Outlook, Firefox, iTunes (not running) and Word all open, but none of them actually doing anything, so there was essentially nothing going on.

I shouldn't have any troubles in regards to cooling, case (Lancool PC-K62) is only a few months old, with dust filters, a 140mm intake in the front, the 120mm exhaust on the back and two 140mm exhausts on the top.  Recently checked all the fans and they're in working order, blows out cool air.  My last case and psu had lots of overheating issues so I went overkill (I have a C2D E7400 @ 2.8ghz and a HD5770, with a HX-650 powering it all).  Planning on an upgrade over the next year.

So it could a RAM issue?  The RAM on this system isn't too great, and is as old as the HDD and Mobo.

Thanks for helping my troubleshoot!
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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 11:23:15 AM »
You could let Memtest86 run through to check the RAM.
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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011, 04:18:49 PM »
I'll try and give it a go, thanks!  What exactly does it do?  Test the integrity of the RAM or something?
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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011, 04:20:28 PM »
I'll try and give it a go, thanks!  What exactly does it do?  Test the integrity of the RAM or something?

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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2011, 04:35:05 PM »
do you have auto updates turn on on anything?  Automatic updates from windows could cause a reboot.

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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2011, 04:47:35 PM »
With some careful googling, you could find a tool that reads the memory dumps the bluescreens are generating, and it should tell you the piece of software that caused the crash. You might end up finding its either hibernating and crashing, or some application that is running when the system is idle is trying to access memory it's not allowed to have, hence the bluescreen.

The one I have in my backups folder is called BlueScreenView by NirSoft. Hope that helps.


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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 03:26:22 PM »
Thanks guys!  Will look at it when I get some breathing space :)
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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 04:22:03 PM »
windows 7 by default (I think) has auto-updating on, which can occasionally force an auto reboot if you're not present to delay the reboot for the patch

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Re: A cause for concern...?
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 04:16:22 AM »
That's different Capper, he's getting bluescreens.... unless he's so thoroughly unlucky the updates (which should be once per month "Patch Tuesday" barring supercritical updates) are likely to be Windows Defender, and that's never needed a reboot for me.


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