May 1, 2004

An Apology to the Mozilla organisation

There is nothing wrong with Thunderbird. My computer is still resetting itself.
It did something like this at around this time last year, and it stopped misbehaving in August. I think I must be the only person who has a computer with hayfever.


6 thoughts on “An Apology to the Mozilla organisation

  1. Thanks for the link, PB. However, the article makes mention of Windows patches, anti-virus and firewall neglect. I’m quite careful with all three, so I don’t think it is a virus.
    I’ve been checking connections inside the computer, and I’ve unplugged a CD-ROM and a spare hard drive, to try and reduce the load on the power supply. Seems to be working much better now, but only time will tell.

    Pete on May 2, 2004
  2. Another, more likely, cause of unwanted rebooting is the processor overheating. If you’re comfortable doing it (and assuming it’s not a laptop), try reconnecting everything and leaving the sides off the box. If it runs ok, and then starts cutting out when you close it up again, the chances are good that you need to replace a fan somewhere.

  3. I’m grinning at If you’re comfortable doing it – he is currently considering rebuilding one of the computers so that all its intestines are the same colour. He is comfortable.

    Karen on May 3, 2004
  4. I have the case off at the moment, and I am also running a program called MBProbe which monitors your motherboard – the voltages coming out of the power supply, and the temperatures in the CPU and motherboard. CPU temperature is roughly 45 to 50 degrees, motherboard temperature is 20 degrees. The only suspicious value is that the line that should be running -5V is actually running closer to -6V.
    It seems to be worst in the first ten minutes of running – after that, it stabilises somewhat. When this happened last year, Sidekick suggested that the processor pins were not making good contact when cold, and when they heated up they were expanding and making a better contact. I had a bit of a broggle, and it seemed to work, though I had also installed a CD-RW drive at the same time, so it’s hard to tell exactly which action made it better.
    I usually attribute it to the CD-RW drive.

    Pete on May 4, 2004
  5. UPDATE: replaced power supply. Computer no longer resets itself.

    Pete on May 13, 2004

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