While running adobe photoshop, mozilla firefox (three tabs, all very low-content sites), and running an AVG antivirus scan on normal speed, I turned to look at something my brother was doing for about 20 seconds. When i turned back, the acer bootup logo was covering the screen. My computer had suddenly restarted itself. When Windows got around to starting up, it ran a disk consistency check, and found an obscure internet Temp file in the Mozilla application data directory. It had a long, possibly encrypted file name. The entry was "truncated," and windows started up normally. However, when i signed onto the admin account I was on when the crash occured, I got an error message. Since I'd had the problem before, I took screenshots which can be found at the bottom of the post. The last time these messages occured, each time I sent an error report to microsoft (or even if i opted not to,) it would close normally, then appear again in an endless loop. This went on until I restarted the computer. BUT, this time the error reporting did NOT loop. Also this time, I went through these 5 steps that I was recommended on the error reports.
In addition, my computer has acquired this nasty habit of completely freezing up. Any audio playing will continue going, but if it is with video, the video will stop. I see this problem most frequently when playing my legitimate copy of The Sims 2 (computer meets or exceeds all system requirements).
Any idea what's going on here? I did clean out the inside of my laptop and found a clump of dust the size of a small vending machine bouncy ball, but after clearing it out, the problems persisted.
Sorry for the right-to-left; they were taken on MS Paint to reserve resources in case that's the problem.
EDIT: Apparently resources aren't the problem. They shouldn't be, anyway. I left my computer idle with a few firefox tabs pulled up while I ate dinner, and I came back to find it had restarted itself again. However, there were no error messages this time, and the windows disc consistency check found no errors.
Edited by serupento, 15 July 2009 - 08:17 PM.