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).

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
4answers
2k views

Restart computer if internet connection goes down

I'm trying to write a small bash script that checks for internet connection. If no internet is detected, it tries again in another 10 minutes... and if still no internet, it restarts the computer. ...
1
vote
1answer
408 views

Why does computer restarts by itself [closed]

I'll like to use the question progressively: (I need to pin point exact issue) My system configuration is: CPU: Intel i7 2600K 3.4GHz Quad core Motherboard: z68 RAM: GSkill 8GB saw-tooth 1.5V ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

How to reboot a machine on Remote desktop connection after explorer.exe crashes?

How do I reboot a machine on a Remote Desktop connection after explorer.exe crashes? I'm stuck at trying to do this. After I googled a bit and found that people were saying to use Ctrl + Alt + Esc or ...
2
votes
0answers
452 views

My Dell laptop running Ubuntu Linux 11.10 hangs on reboot but not shutdown. How do I diagnose this?

My Dell laptop running Ubuntu Linux 11.10 hangs reliably while shutting down for a reboot, but when I shutdown, it will complete successfully. How do I diagnose this? I don't know what log files I ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Computer sponteously reboots when doing heavy file copy to/from disk

I've been fighting with this problem for the last 3 weeks where my machine will just instantly reboot. No BSOD, and when i checked the event log all that was reported was the generic "Kernal-power" ...
6
votes
2answers
877 views

What is the correct way to prevent non-root users from issuing shutdowns or reboots

Let's say that you have set up a multi-seat system for use in a school or library, allowing GDM to launch multiple X sessions to run simultaneously with different users/keyboards/monitors. By default ...
0
votes
1answer
222 views

Computer shutdown during use

During use, being it intensive or not (just typing text for example) my computer sometimes "shutdown". Both screens went black and display the "no signal" message. The computer case still show lights ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Additional swap created on a new partition gets removed on reboot

I have created a new swap volume using logical volume management tool on RHEL. Suppose the volume is /dev/rootvg/swap2 I did mkswamp /dev/rootvg/swap2 and then swapon /dev/rootvg/swap2 when listing ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

What is the difference between a hard and a soft reboot?

Often I hear doing a hard reboot (completely powering off a computer and restarting it) as opposed to a soft reboot (restarting by some command in the operating system). What, exactly, are the ...
1
vote
0answers
474 views

Reboot after power failure

REBOOTING PROBLEM A few days ago I finished using my computer system, disconnected from the Internet, and turned my monitor off. When I returned home I found my monitor turned on and displaying a ...
0
votes
2answers
608 views

computer reboots randomly, can't find ssd

My comp's been restarting at random times, and when it comes back the SSD drive can't be found by the BIOS and it doesn't boot. Powering down and starting up again fixes it 90% of the time, with a ...
0
votes
1answer
463 views

Stuxnet Virus -PC keeps rebooting [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? Our laptop was working great but my hubby took a call from someone claiming to be from MSN and saying they ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

What should I do when chkdsk “cannot open volume” during restart?

On my my Windows XP SP3 box, when running Windows normally, from the command prompt I type chkdsk C: /R (or, equivalently, in Windows Explorer, right-click on the C: drive->Properties->Tools->Check ...
0
votes
0answers
274 views

JRE rt.jar getting deleted on machine reboot

I am observing a strange behavior on some of my Windows machines. I have a Server application that uses Java JRE 1.6u26 (Oracle) which is bundled within it. Sometimes a machine reboot causes the ...
2
votes
2answers
321 views

Nvidia 9800GT randomly prevents computer from booting

My computer has been running Windows and Linux perfectly fine with my 9800GT for the past year or so, but today it refused to boot. When I press the power button, this is what happens: Power button ...
1
vote
1answer
202 views

Random reboots in and out of primarily gaming sessions

Edit: This happens consistently in games but also occasionally (once every 4 or 5 days) when having trivial apps like Skype open. So I built a slightly new PC back in May. The upgrade consisted of a ...
1
vote
1answer
449 views

Cannot reboot Mac into OS X or Windows after installing Windows through Boot Camp

I thought I had successfully installed Windows XP on my Mac through Boot Camp when it restarted the computer in order to finalise the installation. However the problem is that I can't boot neither ...
0
votes
2answers
874 views

My computer hangs on a warm boot - how do I diagnose?

When I boot my computer from an off state, it boots just fine. But if I do a restart, my machine hangs before the BIOS even comes up. I'm running a clean install of Windows 7. How do I diagnose ...
1
vote
3answers
461 views

Workstation restarts randomly - no BSOD - temperature/power supply problem?

I have a high-end dual CPU workstation that has started rebooting itself several times per day. It has no history of doing this - it just started in the last few days. It hasn't had any hardware ...
1
vote
1answer
182 views

PPTP VPN Setup Issue; forces restart

This is actually more of a router issue, and I really have no clue where it should go. I've setup a PPTP VPN successfully, and when tethering through my phone, I can connect and disconnect from it as ...
37
votes
9answers
28k views

Remotely turning on or rebooting a frozen computer

I use a remote desktop program (usually Microsoft's Remote Desktop) to connect to a Windows machine everyday. The remote computer has a fixed IP address, and if the computer is on and responsive, I ...
3
votes
3answers
762 views

PC booting and rebooting repeatedly without completing POST

I have a custom build PC: Corsair HX620 PSU Intel 6870 C2D Geforce 8800GT Asus P5Q-E I've recently moved from the UK to Canada, upon plugging my UK built PC into the wall socket it gets stuck in ...
2
votes
2answers
985 views

Computer stuck in reboot loop after unplugging power cord

My computer was in sleep mode when I unplugged the power cord from it to work on another machine. But after plugging it back in, it got stuck on a black screen (with prompt) while booting. I reset it ...
3
votes
2answers
775 views

How do I reset the Windows password on an Acer Aspire One 753? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can reset Windows administrator password? I have an Acer Aspire One 753 notebook, but I don't know the password to the Windows 7 installation on it. How do I reboot ...
1
vote
0answers
554 views

Blue bar at bottom of screen, then laptop restarts

So I've been having an issue with my HP 6735s laptop. I went on holiday for two weeks, and after I returned (yesterday) and used my laptop, everything was fine when, suddenly, the entire screen went ...
4
votes
3answers
4k views

Reboot N150 router remotely

Is there some way to reboot a Netgear N150 router remotely? I can't see any way in the web interface for doing this (I think my old dg834 had a diagnostics page but I can't find it on this one). ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

How do you run chkdsk on every reboot?

There was a question a short while ago, Run Program Before Login Screen Appears, where I thought he meant specifically he wanted to run chkdsk on boot based on the picture, but he really wanted to run ...
1
vote
2answers
304 views

How to force a shut down instead of reboot?

Some processes like installation of drivers or some updates force the PC to reboot. Is it possible, in Windows Vista/2008, to set an option so that the PC will automatically shut down instead of ...
1
vote
0answers
70 views

Windows restarting certain applications after a Windows Update

So I've come across this strange function in Windows where after a Windows Update and the reboot it tries to restore your session prior to restarting. This though only works with Microsoft's own ...
1
vote
2answers
949 views

Computer reboots shortly after performing memory test

I turned my custom built Windows box off the other night by holding down the power button for ten seconds to completely kill it. Since then, the computer won't startup, it just endlessly reboots ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

How do I get an iptables redirect to survive a reboot on SuSE 11?

I've set up iptables to forward from port 80 to port 8090: iptables -t nat -I PREROUTING -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-port 8090 However the redirect is gone after rebooting. What's the ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

Server cannot boot up

My IBM server is running RHEL 6, and it cannot boot up. The BIOS seems to be OK (since I was able to go in to change the boot order), and during boot-up, it will stop at a black screen with a picture ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

ulimit soft limit for file descriptors - for a non-root user on CentOS 5.6

I am needing to increase the soft limit for "file descriptors", and make it effective for a non-root user (lets say user1). Ran these commands, while logged in as user1: >ulimit -a core ...
0
votes
1answer
594 views

USB Ubuntu Linux drive not detected on reboot, works with hard shutdown?

I'm somewhat new to the inner-workings of Linux so forgive me if this is a stupid problem. I used the instructions on Ubuntu's website to build my LiveUSB drive from scratch. It seems to work ...
1
vote
5answers
919 views

Windows 7: Will rebooting often hurt my computer in the long run? [closed]

While I understand that there is no need to reboot Windows servers often, what about Windows 7, which is designed for home/office use? Should I reboot it every night? The article here says that ...
4
votes
2answers
511 views

How can I convince Windows 7 to reboot upon hibernating rather than powering down?

I have a Linux and Windows 7 dual-boot setup on my PC and I would like to configure the OSes so that when working in one OS, I can hibernate (saving the state to disk), reboot, use the other OS, ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Ubuntu restarts randomly

Since I updated to 11.04 my Computer seems to restart randomly. The screen goes black, sometimes it comes back If I move the mouse or press a key on the keyboard (but maybe that was just coincidence) ...
1
vote
4answers
775 views

Are frequent reboots in a short period of time damaging my computer?

I have Windows 7 and three Linux distros. At my work I sometimes have to switch between them 4 or 5 times an hour or more. I've heard a lot of things over the years like that this can damage your CMOS ...
5
votes
1answer
695 views

Why does Mac OS X need to reboot for updates so often?

This may come across as a rant, but I seriously want to know if there is a valid reason for this. One of the great things about Windows 7 is I can update just about anything, even video drivers, ...
4
votes
2answers
563 views

Windows Update Configuration Fails Every Boot [duplicate]

A few days ago Windows Update installed when I shut down my laptop. When I restarted it hung at 0% for about 5 minutes. Then it said reverting configuration and continued into Windows. Now every ...
1
vote
0answers
844 views

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver for Mobile resets my dual screen settings on restart

I work on a HP/Compaq 6910p laptop and in the office I use a docking station where I have a second monitor connected so that I can work dual screen. If my computer is in this docking station extra ...
2
votes
2answers
130 views

Getting a custom programming enviroment back after reboot

I've just had the maintenance of an old laptop dumped in my lap. The specific issues with this machine are that it hasn't been rebooted in months, it's using a years-old version of Red Hat, and it has ...
3
votes
1answer
860 views

Executing a program on a remote computer over the net

I'm looking for a small, free Windows app that will allow me to execute a command line on a remote PC over the net - to start a program or reboot. The reason is this; I normally leave TeamViewer ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

Windows XP Automatic Updates keeps asking for reboot

I installed updates via Automatic Updates (I have it set to "Notify but let me choose which to install"). Then I rebooted as prompted. Immediately upon logging in I received the message "You must ...
0
votes
1answer
892 views

Macbook Pro boots but doesn't respond

I'm having a strange issue with my Macbook Pro (15", unibody, removable battery). It boots to the desktop, after that it's very slow, and I can't open any programs. I can move the mouse, and make the ...
0
votes
0answers
619 views

error while loading new compiled Linux kernel image into the android emulator(1.5) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: reboot failed error while loading new zImage in the android emulator I have successfully compiled Linux kernel for android: root@ubuntu:~/common# ARCH=arm ...
6
votes
1answer
26k views

How to reboot another Mac via Terminal?

Recently my main computer freezes up more often, and instead of giving him the hard treatment by pushing the power button, I'd rather reboot him gently. So I grab my laptop, fire up Terminal and ...
1
vote
1answer
335 views

how does restarting a computer work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how does reboot work ? In the spectrum of questions asked on this site, this may well be one of the more mundane. But I've been wondering recently just HOW a restart or ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Why does my Windows XP machine reboot itself every morning?

My computer runs Windows XP SP3. It restarts itself every morning at 8am, judging by the Windows logs; all apps log a startup at 8am every day. Whenever I get to the machine in the morning (around ...
1
vote
2answers
86 views

Can I stop my computer from re-booting in 5 mins

I'm on a work computer and it's a big organization and occasionally I get this message that basically says I have 5 minutes to re-boot my computer before it re-boots itself. No button to cancel, no ...