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September 23, 2011 10:58 AM Subscribe
Memtest says the RAM is clean. So why might my Eee PC 1000 be repeatedly rebooting?
posted by randomination to Computers & Internet (16 answers total)
A short while ago, I ordered and installed a new SSD 32GB hard drive for my Asus Eee PC 1000, updating the BIOS in the process, as the original 32GB drive was failing and I had to upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04.
Everything worked for a day, so I made a USB key and installed Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Unfortunately, the Eee PC now randomly keeps rebooting itself, often seven or eight times before finally making it through to the login screen. Sometimes it lasts a couple of hours after that, or sometimes a couple of minutes, before the whole reboot cycle starts again.
Also, annoyingly, the hard drive I installed (a RunCore 32GB 70mm SATA issue RCP-IV-S7032-C, fact fans) kept losing its label and partition information at similarly random intervals, rendering it less than useful.
I never had any problem with the system rebooting in Ubuntu 8.04, even after the new hard drive was installed.
So far, here is what I've done to try to fix it:
1. As other forums with similar questions blamed faulty RAM. So I ran Memtest -- three times on three separate occasions -- and all came up fine.
2. I have checked inside the computer to see if anything is loose, and there doesn't appear to be.
3. I swapped the new hard drive and old hard drive back, to see if that was causing the problem. The new hard drive seems to work absolutely fine if it's external to the computer in its USB housing. But the computer is still repeatedly rebooting -- even if the new hard drive is completely disconnected.
Does anybody have any more ideas? I'm a couple of grades above a newbie Ubuntu user, but I am not a wizard and nor do I have infinite time. So there might be something else I could try that I am missing.
Is there a log file that might point to a reason?
Also, I was cautious about static and electronics, taking the usual precautions -- could something have happened anyway? Is this the kind of thing that can result from unexpected zaps?
Thanks in advance.