It is possible that this could result from power supply and/or heat problems.
Download Everest Home Edition, install it and run it.
Everest Home Edition (the successor of AIDA32) is a system information and benchmarking tool with full hardware & software information available as freeware for the individual user. It comes with a built-in hardware database and physical information for CPU, motherboard, hard disks, optical drives, chipset and much more.
The newest edition on the Lavalys site seems to have deleted the “software” reports which are an extremely useful part of this utility, so try the download at snapfiles. (The screenshot there shows “software” and an older version number.)
Download Everest here:http://www.snapfiles.com/get/everest.html
The newer freeware version on Everest’s site does not seem to have “software”.
AIDA 32, The predecessor to Everest which still works well can be downloaded here:http://www.majorgeeks.com/download181.html
Once you have the ap installed, open it.
When it opens, open the "computer" tree by clicking on the + to the left of the word "computer" in the left hand pane and click on "sensor".
What are the temps it gives you for the various devices listed and the fan speed/s of the cooling fan/s? These are shown in the right hand pane.
Actually I am thinking more along the lines of a corrupted driver though (which is why I asked about the power surge or loss of power).
It is actually curious why your system even has this Boot Agent device.
Read here about what that device and its purpose:http://www.intel.com/support/network/adapt...e3/index_dm.htm
How Do I Turn the Boot Agent Off or Prevent It from Running?
The Intel® Boot Agent is seen by the host computer as a boot device. The BIOS will insert the Boot Agent into the list of boot devices (except for very old model computers that do not support this function). When the Boot Agent is ahead of any other bootable device in the list, it will execute and attempt to boot the machine.
To prevent the Boot Agent from executing, enter your systems BIOS configuration and find the boot device order settings. Move the boot agent further down the list, preferably after the hard drive or whatever device you prefer to boot from.
The Boot Agent will initialize during the system startup, even if it is not the first boot device. During the time the initialization screen is displayed, you can press Control-S to configure the Boot Agent's internal settings.
To prevent the Boot Agent from even initializing, you can turn it off completely. The Intel® Boot Agent can be completely turned off by using the IBAUtil.exe DOS utility found in the PROBOOT archive, using the command line IBAUTIL - FD (flashdisable).
The Boot Agent is enabled by default on desktop adapters, and disabled by default on server adapters. To enable the Boot Agent on server adapters, use the IBAUTIL utility with the command line IBAUTIL -FE to enable the flash.
When there is more than one adapter in a computer, it is a good practice to disable the Boot Agent on every adapter except on any where it is needed. Since it takes time for each adapter to initialize the Boot Agent during system startup, this will help minimize the boot time.
NOTE: The instructions above assume a plug-in PCI adapter. With network interfaces that are built into the main board, such as the Intel® PRO/1000 CT Network Connection, the Intel® PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter and the Intel® PRO/100 VM Network Connection, the Boot Agent is embedded into the computer BIOS and must be configured through the computer BIOS. In these instances, the IBAUTIL utility will not work, and Boot Agent upgrades must be obtained from your system vendor as part of a BIOS upgrade.http://www.intel.com/support/network/sb/cs-008018.htm
This page also lists the Intel adapters, etc, that the Boot Agent is used for.
Go to Intel's support site at:http://support.intel.com/
and type "boot agent" in their site's search box for much more info.
Edited by Enthusiast, 06 September 2005 - 10:58 PM.