A hard reboot refers to the process of physically removing the power from a computer and starting it back up. A soft reboot refers to the process of shutting down and restarting an operating system, and possibly restarting the computer hardware (initiated by software).

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My computer randomly restarts

I recently bought myself an upgrade package and some other upgrading components for my computer. My specs are now these: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P, Socket-AM3+ CPU: AMD FX-6300 6-Core ...
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Can PSU cause my PC to reboot?

I'm having an issue with my PC: It is rebooting sometimes, and I am suspecting the PSU, so I want to confirm a few things. It is a new PC and the first issues started occuring roughly one month after ...
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Lenovo G570 restarts randomly

My Lenovo G570 began to randomly restart once or twice a day about two weeks ago. It stopped for a few days and then started doing it again. I don't get a BSoD, it just restarts and gives me the ...
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Mac always restarting after reboot

I created an AppleScript to restart my Mac: tell application "System Events" restart end tell I put this script into Calendar.app and set it to start at 7.00. When I put script into calendar and ...
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Laptop won't start, BSOD. Setting BIOS defaults makes no difference

I get a BSOD nearly every time I turn on the laptop. Sometime Windows displays an error and asks whether to start normally or in safe mode etc. I tried starting it in every mode. It would start ...
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What is the purpose of the magic numbers in Linux reboot?

On the Wikipedia page for Linus Torvalds, it is stated: The Linux kernel's reboot system call accepts their dates of birth (written in hexadecimal) as magic values. The documentation for the ...
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very weird: Connecting Android causes Client Service Runtime Process to severely slow down PC

This issue has been bothering me for a long while, very weird and couldn't solve it. When I connect my Nexus 4 Android to the PC, suddenly the Client Service Runtime Process cpu consumption jumps ...
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Windows 7 Screen and Audio Freezing Requiring Hard Reboot. Possible Graphics Card Issue

Several months ago I was playing Minecraft and listening to the radio on my Windows 7 desktop when the screen totally froze and the audio began slurring, eventually descending into static then ...
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Restart my graphics card without rebooting?

Wondered if it is possible to use DevCon to restart a display device as a stop-gap solution to artifacts left over from a graphics card malfunction? In particular it leaves my cursor very ...
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how to restart experia u phone with android 4 version [closed]

I have recently upgraded my Xperia U ST25 to Android Version 4 and now I am unable to find the key to directly restart my phone. Could you please suggest if there is an option/key to restart the ...
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Software for resuming a session after restart [duplicate]

I absolutely hate hate HATE restarting my (Windows 8) laptop. The reason for this is because I generally have an awful lot going on at any time, thanks to working on 4 or 5 concurrent projects as well ...
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Auto close and restart a program [closed]

I am looking for a way to automate the opening and closing of a program based on a timer. What I am looking for would look like this: Open program Run program for 5 minutes Close program Do the ...
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Windows 8 resets volume on shutdown but not on reboot

I've just installed Windows 8 64bit and have picked up a problem. I have a Creative X-Fi Titanium PCI-E sound card installed and have the latest drivers from their website (2.17.0009). Windows seems ...
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How to troubleshoot hang during reboot

My Ubuntu box recently started hanging during reboot. It occurs during the "shutdown" process - before the machine actually resets (bios screen flashing by?). I have to force a shutdown with the power ...
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Why does the system power off some of the devices and turn them on when rebooting

When the system is rebooted, why wouldn't it go to some minimal state (like init 1 in linux) and start off from there, instead of completely powering off devices and powering them on (causing a lot of ...
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How to force reboot from user login screen

If I have a computer with windows 7 on it, that is in the user login screen, how do I force a reboot? Pressing the "Shut down" button won't help since it is set to go to stanby in that occasion (but ...
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my gateway laptop will not reboot

My gateway laptop model nx570xl originally rebooted normally. I don't know when it happened, but now when I try to reboot it keeps trying, but it never happens, forcing me to shut down and wait a ...
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PC reboots automatically in the begining

I have a AMD Phenom II 3GHz. 2 GB RAM system running on Windows 7. Off late my PC does not start properly I have to start it at least 7-8 times before it starts. It starts and then shuts down. Every ...
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Application hangs. Need auto reboot [duplicate]

I am running Windows XP Pro SP2. On this I have an application that requires a HASP4 parallel dongle. This works fine. Problem is after a random amount of time, the computer comes back with a HASP not ...
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kexec for fast reboot installed - do one-time-only full reboot

I have got kexec installed to do quick warm reboots without BIOS POST'ing and GRUB popping up. It will just reinit the kernel and do the bootprocess again. Sometimes however, I like to do a full ...
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After resuming from sleep, computer reboots before login screen

(Solved... I guess? See 3rd edit) (edit: followed instructions here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/449401/constantly-restarts-before-login-screen/ to disable rebooting on system ...
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WinXP SP3 PC reboots during work, no bluescreen (autoreboot on error disabled)

Intel Pentium 4 3gb RAM (2 + 1) Intel I945P/G Chipset GeForce 6600 GT Windows XP SP3 During computer work it sometimes (about 3-5 times per day) reboot itself. It doesn't matter if it's under heavy ...
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cleared cmos and now computer restarts when windows is starting up

I cleared the cmos as suggested for some problem that I had with hardware and changed the RAM place to another slot, and now windows wont start, it goes till the message WINDOWS IS STARTING (I use ...
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Computer randomly restarting: motherboard or processor?

My computer randomly restarts. Is it more likely my motherboard or processor? So, I know which one to return or replace first. Windows 7 SP1 64-bit Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 CPU: Intel i7 ...
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Several hardware components either work or not after booting

I have a desktop computer which I put together myself and in the last weeks I discovered a strange behavior. The same issue refers to three components independently. The onboard network controller, ...
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Checking NVRAM on BootUp

I've recently encountered with my desktop the other day. the problems were like this Computer boots up. and Shows this Message F1 for Setup and Configuration F2 to load default values ...
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How can I reboot system using Upstart?

I'm using Upstart on Ubuntu 12.04 to control and monitor a service defined by me, where the service is a user process running as a daemon. I need to monitor it so, when it fails/crashes it respawns, ...
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In linux distros, except for a new kernel, what else could require a reboot?

The most common case is a new kernel as far as I know, but what are other cases that usually require a reboot, too?
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Each time I do restart - Windows 8 resets my settings/registry to some state

I have Windows 8 PRO 64 bit for 3-4 months. At some point, Windows started to abandon system changes that I make, after Restart or after Shutdown+Start. It stopped saving my files associations. All ...
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Does shutdown/reboot need root privileges under Linux? [closed]

Why do I need to be root to shutdown/reboot my computer from the terminal? Doing so via the GUI menu doesn't require root privileges.
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Power cycle on reboot?

I have two identical computers (same mobo, memory, and peripherals) both running Ubuntu 12.10. The only difference is one has an Intel Core i7-3770K and the other has an Intel Core i7-3770S. I have ...
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My desktop is restarted automatically

I have been using my PC for the last 6 years, but now suddenly it keeps restarting and then it stops detecting my hard drive. When I switch on my PC next day, it will detect the hard drive again and ...
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Windows XP won't boot, not even in Safe Mode

If I try to start it normally, it will restart without even showing the boot logo. But in safe mode, it stucks while loading the System32\Config\SYSTEM registry hive. I know that usually this means ...
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Computer restarts randomly

my computer has been restarting randomly for months now. i7 3.2, 8g ram, GTX570, Windows 8. It is not a overheating issue or a power supply issue, ran memtest86+ and it passed 7 tests so I don't ...
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Installing Ubuntu

I am trying to install Ubuntu on my laptop(windows7), now the Ubuntu installing wizard just show me: Reboot or manually reboot later. If I choose to reboot, does that mean I will lost all of my work ...
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What is the Cause of Random Freezing/Blue Screen/Restarting?

Problem: Freezing/blue screen/restarting happens randomly on my Desktop PC. Sometimes it just freezes suddenly. Sometimes a freezing, then a blue screen. Sometimes a blue screen, followed with a ...
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Google Chrome suddenly isn't loading pages [closed]

I have tried everything. I have disabled all of my plug-ins (chrome://plugins/) and extensions (chrome://extensions), I've cleared all of my browsing data (chrome://settings/clearBrowserData). I've ...
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CPU overheat after cleaning the fan

I have decided to clean my computer. I opened it, removed the fan from the CPU and cleaned it. It was jammed with a lot of dust. After I put it back, and it rotates much smoother and better, I started ...
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Windows 8 reboots seemingly at random and reports PowerButtonTimestamp without the power button being pressed

The issue is mostly explained in the title, however here's some more information: This has happened several times, and I have never personally watched it happen. I've only seen it show up in the ...
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Restart windows service on LAN machine

I got administrative rights on the target machine, all the credentials, fully trusted network without firewall and antivirus software. I got windows 8 on the target machine and windows 7 on calling ...
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What's the quickest/easiest way to determine the last time a computer has been restarted? [duplicate]

From the command line, how do I find when the last time a Windows 7 computer has been restarted?
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Windows is not loading

I have partitioned my drive to have the option to boot from Windows 7 or 8. Recently when I power up my laptop it goes through an endless power on, initial boot sequence, black screen with a cursor ...
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Computer suddenly dies; screen displays weird flickering lines, then restarts

I've been having this terrible problem for a little while and just managed to get a picture of 'dead screen' for the first time and I am posting it to seek help. Randomly, at irregular intervals ...
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Hang during reboot

I've recently installed a second HDD bay in my laptop, but now, every time I issue a reboot, the computer hangs for about 1m30s (completely freezes on a black screen, with the fans at the maximum ...
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The Necessity Of Rebooting A PC After Downloading & Installing Windows Updates & If Not: How To Prevent It? [duplicate]

Quite often after downloading & installing Windows Updates on my PC, a dialogue box pops up similar to the one shown below, asking to restart the computer to complete the process. : This is ...
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How to force a longer `reboot` in Busybox v1.13.3?

reboot appears to make the root file system read-only almost immediately, causing a race condition with one of my processes which tries to write settings out to a file during its approx 1-2 second ...
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Windows Time not updating after reboot

Yesterday, for the first time, my laptop blackened out and I noticed it's base was pretty heated up. I Googled the cause and came to know that some laptop shuts itself down to prevent damage to the ...
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Windows 7 machine rebooting during Backup & Restore

Over the last year my computer has been randomly(?) rebooting; I did a clean install of Windows 7 twice, checked temperatures, hard-drive diagnostics, did CPU stress tests & swapped out all the ...
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restart tomcat server as non-root

info: Apache Tomcat/6.0.36 CentOS 2.6.32-279.14.1.el6.x86_64 Is it possible? I heard from someone that an older version of tomcat had a manager tool that allowed non-privileged users to restart the ...
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How can I tell when my PC was restarted?

My office PC restarts every Sunday at an unknown time for unknown reason. I wish to know when my PC restarts and most importantly reason for which it restarts. I suspect that there is a third party ...