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Question Why is my computer randomly rebooting?

Naveen Prasanth

May 31, 2014
In the middle when am working or watching a movie, the computer suddenly reboots. If I shut it down that instant and try to reboot by hitting the power button, nothing happens.
After like 15 minutes if I hit the power button again then it boots up. But again after a while it suddenly reboots. I don't know whats happening. I just bought a new PSU thinking because I thought the old one was making the issue but no, the issue is still there. Any help is appreciated people! Thank you!


My canned random reboot Rant
Random reboots are usually caused by the PSU, the RAM or software AND in that order of likely-hood.
PSU - If you can borrow/swap a PSU for testing. sibling/friend you can swap out the PSU and each system will be testing the other.
RAM - run the system with one stick of RAM see if stability returns if not Test all the RAM with memtest 86 for five passes or overnight. if you get no 0 errors after more than five passes the ram is good. with the random reboots I would suggest running this test after the PSU swap or after the PSU has been cleared.
Software - Drivers or other issues can cause reboots. Boot to a linux distro on a USB drive. mint linux will boot to memtest86. you can run the OS from the USB and await reboot.
end canned rant

if you have cleared the PSU with replacement start with the RAM.
Oct 17, 2019
The common cause for computer rebooting randomly is the Graphic card overheating or driver issues, a virus or malware issue and the power supply issue.
There are a few things that you can check which are given below in the methods
Method 1: Turn off Automatic Restart Feature
Hold Windows key and press R
Type sysdm.cpl and press Enter
Select Advanced tab
Click Settings from the Startup and Recovery section
Uncheck the option Automatically restart option in System Failure section
Click ok
Method 2: Check RAM for issues
The first thing you should do is check the RAM. A faulty RAM can also cause the issue which is easily traceable. You can check the RAM with the MemTest86 or you can do it manually by putting one RAM stick at a time to check which one causes the restart.
Method 3: Check your PC for overheating
You should also check your system for overheating issues. Your system will restart automatically if it overheats while running a certain program. So, if you notice your system getting restarted on a specific program or generally when you run a resource intensive program then overheating is the most likely cause.
Method 4: Check and replace the Power Supply
Lastly, you need to check power supply unit for any issues. Your power supply is responsible for providing the power to all the components.
Method 5: BIOS Update
Although unlikely but not entirely impossible, the problem might be caused by an outdated BIOS as well. If you have your computer for a very long time and you haven’t updated your BIOS then checking for an update is worth a shot.
Method 6: Re-installing Drivers
Sometimes, the issue might be caused by incompatible or outdated drivers especially if the issue started happening after an update or upgrade. Your graphics card driver is the most likely cause of random restarts. So, uninstall the graphics card driver and let the Windows download the most compatible drivers for it.
Method 7: Changing Power Options
This solutions seems to resolve the random restarting issue. Basically, you will lower the minimum process state to almost 5% which will prevent your system to randomly start.
Hold Windows key and press R
Type powercfg.cpl and press Enter
Select change plan settings from your selected (active) plan
Select Change advanced power settings
Double click Processor power management
Double click Minimum processor state
Select 5% from the range menu. Do it for both plugged in and battery as well.
Select Apply then Ok