My computer of 5+ years has recently been randomly restarting, but without BSOD. The various error messages sent to Microsoft tell me that I have a hardware issue, particularly with the drivers. Sometimes the crashes occur around 5 minutes after booting, other times I can go for hours without a crash, and my routine is pretty much the same every time I open the comp.
Before this, I was already aware that my old video card (GeForce2 MX) had a broken fan. Assuming that was the problem, I got a replacement card, a GeForce 5500. I've tried system restorations, malware scans with ComboFix, disk checks, virus scans, uninstalling and reinstalling vidcard, all to no avail.
My system restore points have newly been purged, so I only have a restore point for until yesterday, 5 days into this crash-fest. My event logs were also auto-purged because they were "corrupt". I also only have minidumps for today's 10 crashes. I also have a HiJackThis log, if it can help.
Stats (please pardon my system, I'm aware it's old)
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Pentium 4 1.7 GHz
256 MB RAM
GeForce 5500FX (used to be GeForce2 MX a few days ago) with Forceware 175.19 driver
40 GB RAM (2 partitions)
CPU regularly at 48º
- Black-screen restart
- Various "serious error" messages upon boot (8E,50,C2)
- Crashes started occurring after reboot when system froze up while converting MP3 files to AAC format
- System-restore to before crashes started occurring didn't help
- Crashes don't seem to occur when computer is idle (i.e. nobody using it)
- ChkDisk reports both partitions are clean
- Downgrading vidcard driver doesn't fix it
- The one BSOD I got was a STOP 0x50 in win32k.sys, about a PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA.
If anyone could lend me some help regarding this, I'd be very grateful. Hoping for a solution
Edited by geno93n0, 07 February 2009 - 08:17 AM.