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Total system crash into "blue screen of death"


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#1 The Grog

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 10:51 PM

Alright, this one is really f'ed up. Please somebody let me know if I should run a HJT log and post it in that forum for review. Last night I sat down at my computer when all of a sudden in completely shut down. It came back up (or so I though) kind of quick. However, when I went to move my mouse I found that it was completely frozen. I powered down completely and when I tried to bring it back up I got absolutely nothing, no startup screen, no visual anything on the monitor. The green light was on showing power to the tower (instead of Tower of Power - music reference for you youngins) but nothing on the monitor. I thought that maybe the monitor blew out so I hooked up a spare that said "No signal available." This went on for several times and could not get anything. Could not even get to boot to safe made or anythign, even with recovery disk in. Let it sit for awhile and later it came on briefly and went off again so I shut it down last night. Right now it's working again but I feel it's like a patient in ICU and the thing could go down any minute.

It's about a 3 yr old Compaq Presario SR 1930T with Intel Pentium 4 Processor. I have XP Home edition. I run a McAfee Firewall and regularly use Adaware, Spybot, Malwarebytes, and Superantispyware. Normally the light for the CPU is yellow and flickers to show that it is thinking. When I first would power up it would be yellow and then go to green and I'd get nothing else. It is green right now so I am getting nervous. Both back fans are running and I have not taken off case yet to see if that fan runs although I am told you might have to watch for awhile as that is not always on.

Recent theory - If that is now working properly maybe CPU is overheating? Wife and daugter have a tendency to not shut down at night so it's on many days in a row. Could it be as simple as that? Better post before it dies. Please let me know your thoughts.

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 03:28 AM

maybe CPU is overheating? ........ it's on many days in a row. Could it be as simple as that?

It is not a "CPU over-heating" problem, nor is the problem due to leaving the computer on for long periods of time.

You are faced with a hardware problem. The symptoms point to a failing PSU (power supply unit) ... at least that's where I would start. The PSU on an OEM computer such as this one is perhaps the "weakest link in the chain".

The only effective way to "test" whether the PSU is actually the problem is to replace it with a known good working unit, capable of supplying the system's requirements comfortably, and see whether the problem persists or is resolved. In many cases, PSU failure is a gradual process, starting with intermittent "problems", but inevitably leads to "total failure" to start/run the system.
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 07:10 PM

Thanks but I was getting power. Now I've definmitely been attacked by something called ANTIVIRUS LIVE. Claims antiviral but it's wiped out my adaware, spybot, antimalwarebytes, and uperantispyware. It's thorwm icons on the bottom of my toolbar all over the place. This thing is nasty.
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Posted 26 December 2009 - 08:13 PM

To avoid confusion with this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/281747/nasty-version-of-antivirus-live/ I shall close this one.

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