PC keeps rebooting


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Wolf Grossi

Greetings!

running OpenSUSE's 11-3 Linux firmware test on a PC makes the PC
immediately rebooting.

The pc had WinXP installed and began to reboot while working.

I replaced the disk and tried to install Linux, with the above Problem.


What could cause this problem?
Defect mobo, CPU or BIOS?

Any hints and comments are very much appreciated.

Tnx for reading
Wolf
 
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Gerard Bok

running OpenSUSE's 11-3 Linux firmware test on a PC makes the PC
immediately rebooting.

The pc had WinXP installed and began to reboot while working.

So you attempted to install a new OS on a PC that already was
unstable ?
I replaced the disk and tried to install Linux, with the above Problem.


What could cause this problem?
Defect mobo, CPU or BIOS?

Defect BIOS seems unlikely. Can be anything.
Mobo, CPU, PSU, Ram, overheating,...
Any hints and comments are very much appreciated.

There are 3 (cheap) options to start with:

- Visually check the PC for contamination with dust.
Especially the CPU cooler and surroundings.

- Visually inspect the electrolytic capacitorsk, especially those
around the CPU and near the 20/24 pin PSU plug.
Look at http://www.badcaps.net (pictures in the right column).

- Use memtest86 to test the ram
http://www.memtest86.com/download.html
 
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Wolf Grossi

So you attempted to install a new OS on a PC that already was
unstable ?
No, running firmware test from the install disk.
Defect BIOS seems unlikely. Can be anything.
Mobo, CPU, PSU, Ram, overheating,...


There are 3 (cheap) options to start with:

- Visually check the PC for contamination with dust.
Especially the CPU cooler and surroundings.

- Visually inspect the electrolytic capacitorsk, especially those
around the CPU and near the 20/24 pin PSU plug.
Look at http://www.badcaps.net (pictures in the right column).
Thanks for the link!

Forgot to mention that the only component not changed is the CPU.


Wolf
 

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