[Techtalk] OT but I'm desperate.... Windows....!
carla at bratgrrl.com
Wed Oct 16 11:47:45 EST 2002
On Wednesday 16 October 2002 10:56, Michelle Howson wrote:
> >This is a common problem with dommed Windblows. The #1 cause of this
> >is a flaky power supply. Instead of slowing down when the power sags,
> >Windblows loses its mind and reboots. If you are handy with a multimeter,
> >can try doing some hot-testing to see if the PS is delivering steady,
> Grrrrr. Reading this, and what everyone else is saying, I think we've hit
> the nail on the head. I live in an old building, and in my room I have
> just one power outlet. Everything...everything...runs off that. I have no
> other option, aside from stringing a 10m cable in from...um...hang on, the
> whole appartment is bereft of power points. Tis horrible. Arg. Um....but
> on the upside, I'm possibly moving out in the next 2 months, so if I can
> find a quick fix, all could be well.
Did you see Poppy's post on disabling the "reboot on system failure" option?
That should tide you over- still, as someone else mentioned, a weak power
supply is a potential hazard. The specific cause of the spontaneous reboot is
low CPU voltage; because the PC power supply cannot deliver the full rated
power (3 to 5 volts) under load.
"This can be caused by an optional feature of Windows 2000/XP that will
restart the computer if any internal stop errors happen. To disable this
feature, please follow the process below:
1. Right-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and select
Properties from the pop-up menu.
2. Click on the Advanced tab in the System Properties window.
3. Click on the Startup and Recovery button.
4. In the Startup and Recovery dialog box, be sure that the
'Automatically Reboot' option is unchecked in the System Failure section.
5. Click OK to the Startup and Recovery dialog box, then click OK on the
System Properties window. You will then be prompted to restart the
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