Posted 28 September 2008 - 04:46 PM
I've got a windows xp professional computer, built and installed everything myself.
Recently my pc has been rebooting itself when I'm doing something. It used to be just when I was playing eve-online but only when I actually went into a mission with loads of other bad guys around.
I thought windows was corrupted anyway so I bought xp professional.
Unfortunately now it's rebooting itself whenever I try to install world of warcraft. I should note that I've installed it previously without any problems. It lets me get to disk 2 sometimes and then just turns off, it doesn't shut down, it's just like someone flicks the power switch off and then it turns itself on.
So we know it's not a problem with windows.
Could it be a harddrive problem? I'll try installing other games and giving them a whirl and see if it gives them problems as well. It's allowed me to install other programs though, I image it's because of wow's size. The harddrive is about 3 years old ish.
Or is it likely to be a faulty power supply? It's not even a year old.
It's a Corsair 520W HX Series Modular PSU - ATX12V v2.2 APFC $140 roughly
How can I test what the problem is? And what further information can I provide to get the best possible answer?
I've flashed my bios to the latest version on my motherboard, I've updated all drivers, I've cleaned any and all dust from my case and I've checked temps and they're at about 35c (Graphics card at about 45c), I've even run memtest and harddriver checking tests to make sure everything is fine and it all passes.
After each crash event log shows nothing interesting, no errors.
I've also installed supreme commander (Another game that I could previously play) and can get to the menu for a few seconds and that I get the reboot.
I'm guessing that it's the psu, as it's the only thing that I can't really test and prove that it's not. Could be the graphics card, but I doubt it, it doesn't get too hot and I've installed a fan on it to keep it extra cool.
I've done nothing recently that would initiate these reboots.
If anyone thinks they have any ideas, please let me know, I really want to sort this out.