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Hi,

I have a custom built computer with an Asus a8n-sli premium mobo, amd 3800x2, xfx 7900gt, 1.5GB OCZ value series RAM, an OCZ gameXstream 700 watt power supply (a couple weeks old) and a 250GB WD sata hard drive which is all running on XP home SP2. So here's my problem: as of the last few months my computer has been getting less and less stable and i get more and more graphical annomilies in games (i tried to reinstall drivers and the works, but it didnt work). So, to try and fix both problems, i wiped my hard drive yesterday and re-installed windows along with world of warcraft and battlefield 2, the 2 main games that I play along with all of the drivers and MS office 2003 (note: while installing XP it did come up with a few errors saying that so and so file couldn't be found, i tried the retry button but it didn't work, so i was forced to hit ignore). Everything was going relatively smoothly until my computer started rebooting on its own. What will happen is that there will be a quiet little clicking noise, then the computer will reboot. I know some stuff about computer troubleshooting, so first thing that comes to mind is a problem with the power supply, but it is almost brand new and has way more wattage than i need, so that couldnt be the problem. Also, it reboots on its own, its not like it just shuts down. Then when i would reboot windows, it would come up with the usual send error message, which i always will, and it says that it cant find this error. The only explanation that is given is that windows encountered an error that it couldnt recover from, and was forced to reboot. This used to happen occasionally before i wiped my hard drive, but never with this frequency. Now, it has gotten worse. I tried to play BF2 (where the graphical annomilies still show up) and when trying to get into a server it stopped responding, but i could move the mouse. So after waiting about 5 minutes, i manually rebooted the computer. So when i tried to reboot, before it even got to the windows loading screen, it rebooted on its own again. After that, it came up with the screen saying that windows failed to reboot, how would you like to boot. I tried all the options, safe mode, boot normally, boot from last known working settings, etc. All that i can do is go into the BIOS, but theres nothing in the BIOS that i know of that would fix any problems (i do know what im doing mostly with BIOS settings). This computer is not overclocked in any way. I tried calling microsoft support, but it was either pay $30 for 'proffesional' support, or look around more on the internet, so you can see what i chose. The only re-assuring thing is that all products in the computer except 1 of the 512 sticks of RAM, the disk drive, and the floppy drive were purchased from newegg.com and can be RMA'd for replacements for free. The copy of windows that i have was bought off of the internet from some random person (the copy is perfectly legal as far as i know) and is a dell OEM copy, but it works fine with custom built computers. Please help me :sigh:
 

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Try going into safe mode then open the control panel, system, advanced. Look for the setting which will be checked for REBOOT on System error and remove the check. This might allow you to search for the culprit that is causing you problems.
Do a diagnostics check on your HDD for problems, check also for bad sectors & defragmentation. It might be worthwhile alos to check out dust accumulation "under the hood". Dust can cause overheating. Go into BIOS and check your temperatures. Give a clean out, make sure the CPU fan is dust free and turns freely. An optical check of the Motherboard for signs of component aging is also a must. Check for swollen capacitors. They are also responsible for this type of problem.
You say that your power supply is above rated requirements. Don't believe it unless you can relate your supply to a quality brand. I have seen supplies that are rated high power but missing the vital components that would qualify for "smooth" supply voltages.
 

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the copy is perfectly legal as far as i know) and is a dell OEM copy
no it's not
I missed that bit .. so does that mean that you have a "copy" of a DELL oem CD or you have a DELL OEM ORIGINAL version CD.

Whichever way it goes , the one instance means that you are only allowed to use it with an original or replica DELL PC for which it was made, whilst the other "a copy" is just plain illegit.

Unless you purchase a genuine version of a Windows XP CD, I regret that I have to bow out here.:4-dontkno
 
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