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After posting on here a while ago that my computer (Dell 4300 w/XP Home SP2) was rebooting approximately 3 times a day. Most replies pointed me towards the power supply. I did the calculations and because of the items I've added (2nd hard drive, dvd burner, usb 2.0), my power supply was certainly being taxed. I upgraded the old 250W to a 500W. The problem is still there. About every 8 hours or so it will reboot, no matter what I am doing, or not doing. There are no other symtoms whatsoever. So I am wondering where to start looking from here. Can anybody help?
 

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It sounds like the mydoom virus to me, personally... or could be a driver that's not updated... First, I'd visit Windows Update and see if there's any Optional Hardware update option. If you don't see any, try going to the control panel and check for the updates for every harddrive you have to make sure you have the best possible match. If this doesn't work, then you most likely have a virus. I'd suggest downloading the trial version of Norton Anti Virus (You will need to register.) If Norton doesn't detect anything, than your most likely problem is Windows SP2 (This causes tons of problems on SO MANY computers, it even did on mine 'til I unistalled it.)

But one thing at a time, try my first three suggestions first, and then post back :)
 

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Check your Event Log, it may point you in the right direction (providing you have NT, 2K, or XP)
 

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It sounds like the mydoom virus to me, personally... or could be a driver that's not updated... First, I'd visit Windows Update and see if there's any Optional Hardware update option. If you don't see any, try going to the control panel and check for the updates for every harddrive you have to make sure you have the best possible match. If this doesn't work, then you most likely have a virus. I'd suggest downloading the trial version of Norton Anti Virus (You will need to register.) If Norton doesn't detect anything, than your most likely problem is Windows SP2 (This causes tons of problems on SO MANY computers, it even did on mine 'til I unistalled it.)

But one thing at a time, try my first three suggestions first, and then post back :)
Thanks for the input Christia. All my updates are in order. A complete virus scan shows nothing. I religiously run AdAware and SpyBot. With the new PSU a fan was added. I also regularly clean the inside of my tower. My forehead is getting plenty sore from beating against the wall. Any other ideas, short of XP reinstall?
 

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on the event viewer you need to take look at the system log anything with red errors on it need to be check you can post the event ID here and the source and we can help you find out what it mean
 
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