Running Acer Aspire Laptop, Mobile AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8 ghz 512 mb ram (64 video ram shared) XP Home 2002 SP2
My daughter's laptop suddenly started crashing a few days ago .. ok it was whilst playing her favourite "buggy" game which had often ended in crashes before but now laptop is crashing all the time without game being loaded, though I don't want to add 2 + 2 and get 5 here by assuming it's entirely the game's fault.
I tried to effect a system restore but XP wouldn't accept any of the restore points. I finally went for the System Recovery with the supplied System disk and 3 Recovery disks, but after what I thought was a successful recovery it is still crashing (actually think it also might have crashed during recovery and I had to restart though I'm no longer sure). Crashes can occur now at any time either during boot up or anything up to 60 mins or so afterwards.
Have tried booting into safe mode but it still crashes after a while and even whilst in the Bios the screen can also crash.
Checked Ram with Memtest 68+ and was without errors after one and a half full runs through (or approx 15 mins continuous) before screen crashed again.
Have been trying to run a complete SFC /SCANNOW command but screen always crashed before half way through in normal mode, and this won't run in safe mode anyway.
Also loaded the Ubuntu 11.04 live disk (without installing) and was accessing the windows hard disk fine and doing some hardware checks etc until screen again crashed after 10 mins or so.
Windows automatic updates are on, Avast is updated daily, Zone Alarm is constantly running and I do a registry & temp internet file etc cleanup with CCleaner every now & again. I haven't been running regular anti virus or malware scans though so if something did slip through it could easily have gone unnoticed. However I managed to do a "quick" scan in safe mode with the latest updated Malwarebytes which found nothing, and a ccleaner registry scan also shows up no obvious problems.
In device manager all looks fine too when expanded. Didn't try re-installing drivers here as somehow I don't see this as a graphics driver problem if it's crashing in safe mode and also within the Bios setup screen.
Oh and of course since it's always crashing, windows is running the Chkdsk utility at each bootup which is continually bringing up different results each time too numerous to mention but I have most of them noted if of use.
Can also post info from all of following if needed,
SiSandra ... shows up nothing unusual (to me anyway)
Have Specci installed ... things looked ok there too.
Have Hijack this logfile
Have Malwarebytes scan logfile
So in a nutshell I'm quite worn out and stumped for now and any suggestions from the forum would be most welcome!