A few weeks ago my computer randomly started rebooting itself, sometimes with error messages and sometimes without. I originally thought it might be malware related but after a long thread in the malware section of these forums that has been ruled out.
The first thing I tried was swapping the RAM, this seemed to solve the problem for about a week and then the same problems starting happening. Also, Crucial have replaced my old RAM with new parts which would suggest they also thing the RAM was faulty as well.
It got to the stage that sometimes my computer would not even load into XP and it would just hang on a black screen with a mouse cursor, a system restore seemed to solve this a couple of times but the last time it happened a restore had no effect. This is when I decided it was probably time to repair Windows, which also didn't work as the install hung at 35 minutes to go, so I have done a fresh install. All was going well, XP installed with no problems and I was able to complete all updates from the Microsoft site, however, the same problems are still there, sometimes the computer will freeze completely and sometimes it reboots, on one occasion I had a BSOD about driver_irql_not_less_or_equal. I have rolled back my graphics card drivers and have also unistalled my Avira anti-virus as it seemed to happen a lot when trying to update Avira, but this does not seem to have solved the problem.
There doesn't seem to be any particular reason for the computer to crash, sometimes it will crash when just sitting there idle, and sometimes when I'm using it. Also, I am able to play Company of Heroes for hours on end without any crashes which makes me think it isn't heat or power related, but then I am no expert!
Here is the thread from the malware section for reference:
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Edited by jay211083, 14 January 2010 - 09:35 AM.