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If it only was a joke I would feel so much better. He is getting random reboots on a Gateway. No BSOD, just goes black and starts back up. He used something called drivewiper (or something like that) to in effect format the HDD and then reinstalled XP with the Gateway disk they supplied. Since then it has been nothing but issues. He went to, you, BestBuy/Geek Squad and they blew the thing out but want like $150 or some ridiculous amount to reinstall everything...so much for the warrantee he bought...haha! It only covers the hardware, no software issues at all. Anyway, I am betting on either his PSU is going or the thing is overheating. He described the HS layout and it sounds odd. Supposedly there is a fan in front with a duct that runs to some HS and then continues to a second one that is on his CPU. I have a funny feeling he is going to be at my doorstep come Sat morning.

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...what would be happening is that it was being infected by a boot sector virus on startup.
That's what I was thinking. Given that it sounds like he isn't doing a "true" HDD reformat via an OS install disk I am leery about that drivewiper software not getting to the boot sector.
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post #12 of 20
Random reboots = PSU or RAM. (Occasionally FSB but rare)

I'd bet it's the memory. Lend him a good stick.
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And keep the aluminum foil away from any electronics. it could easily hold a charge and shock your ram. But it makes nice hats
    
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Rofl!
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post #15 of 20
The Memory holds temp info...The Virus will always Reside in the memory if the Infected OS puts it there.
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But that depends if you always put the comp on standby, which will hold everything on the ram
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Thanks all. Just wanted to make sure I had it right. I mean duh, I work on CAD all day long and I know all too well what a BSOD/reboot means...redoing whatever you had not saved. The wife and I were both like WTH and figured we'd give the benefit of the doubt while we were on the phone with him.

I told him to yank one of his sticks, try it and then swap 'em and see if it acts up with one or the other. I certainly am not going to lend him any of mine...who knows what he would do to it. That guy would probably tell him "Oh, I forgot, once you have it wrapped up in the foil...and make sure to have the shiny side out 'cuz that makes a difference...put it in your microwave at 20% power for 3 minutes. That will kill any residual viruses that may be still on it."
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Originally Posted by Ihatethedukes View Post
Random reboots = PSU or RAM. (Occasionally FSB but rare)

I'd bet it's the memory. Lend him a good stick.
QFT there, pretty much my first diagnosis for 50% of my friends PCs lol.

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And keep the aluminum foil away from any electronics. it could easily hold a charge and shock your ram. But it makes nice hats
TIN HAT'S FTW!!! and yah... there's some nasty static in those sometimes!

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But that depends if you always put the comp on standby, which will hold everything on the ram
Does anyone acctually do that?

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"Oh, I forgot, once you have it wrapped up in the foil...and make sure to have the shiny side out 'cuz that makes a difference...put it in your microwave at 20% power for 3 minutes. That will kill any residual viruses that may be still on it."
BWAHAHA!!! those RAM viruses, they're like a bad cold! pour some hot tea on em, and add a little neocitran, pop em back in, and after a few cold boots they'll be good as new. Did i say good as new? cuz i meant to say totally ruined. lol
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"Oh, I forgot, once you have it wrapped up in the foil...and make sure to have the shiny side out 'cuz that makes a difference...put it in your microwave at 20% power for 3 minutes. That will kill any residual viruses that may be still on it."
ROFLMAO
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