I'm running Windows XP Home service pack 3. I'm using a gaming PC that I put together myself, which has been working beautifully for over a year.
The other day, when I was watching StarCraft videos on YouTube, my computer died. Like, just turned off with no warning. I turned it back on and it seemed fine... until I started watching YouTube again, and a couple of minutes in, it died again.
This occurred while I was using Gizmo (http://arainia.com/software/gizmo/overview.php?nID=4
) to burn ISO's to blank DVDs (the video of my school play, nothing unsavory). I don't think this is related, because the first time it happened, a burn was not in progress. Also, I left the computer on all night, burning DVDs until I fell asleep, and it was working fine when I woke up.
It happened again when I was watching Nostalgia Critic on Blip.tv(http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolink...c/22479-jaws-3d
), and again when I was watching Star Trek with VLC media player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
). In both cases, my system seemed to die only about ten or twenty minutes into the video.
I wondered if it could be an overheating problem, so I tried playing Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/550/
). I loaded up a single-player game, chose my weapon, and... my computer died the moment I left the starting area.
Then earlier today, I was just reading a Wiki article about Captain Kirk (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/James_T._Kirk...nate_reality%29
), and my computer died.
This is why I'm reluctant to post this in the hardware boards - viewing Firefox is not exactly very taxing on my system.
I'd be glad to provide you with a list of my hardware, if you could remind me how to do that. It's been a while... >_<
Here's hoping this is just a power supply problem.