My computer is experiencing big time problems. I'll start with some background. My desktop computer is self-built, works great and rarely has problems. For the last month of so, it would freeze after going into sleep mode and coming back up, usually 10 minutes afterwards. It did this back a long time ago, it seemed to go away, but now it was doing it again. It wasn't a big problem, I just restart when it happens. Yesterday, it happened while I was playing a game (Mass effect 3 if you care), so I restarted the computer. The computer came back on, I tried to start the game again. The game shuttered, stalled, and the computer finally turned off. I turned it back on again, and then after booting it did the same thing. The computer would boot fine to Windows 7 Ultimate, but shortly after logging in it crashes. I thought the first crash may have wrecked the OS. Luckily, I have a seperate hard drive with Ubuntu Linux OS on it in the same computer. I tried booting off it, but it did the exact same thing! It wouldn't even get to the desktop. I'll redescribe the problem, once I get to a certain point, the computer screen starts tripping, breaks up, and all data to the monitor turns off, the monitor turns back on but the screen is scrambled, the keyboard doesn't respond, the mouse sometimes does at first, but it soon stops as well, the computer freezes, the activity light on the computer either turns off or lights up in even pulses. Somtimes but not always, the computer then restarts. The fact that the computer would freeze on another hard drive that was not active during the original crash made me think a hardware problem. The Windows 7 OS works perfectly fine in safe mode though. I waited a day, unplugged the power cord and replugged it, tryed turning it on and off again a few times, and now it doesn't crash immediatly after start up. I used system mechanic look for problems, it didn't see anything, did a security sweep using Webroot, nothing. But the computer still crashes either after being left on for a few minutes, or immediatly after starting an application (but not simple applications like windows explorer or the programs I just mentioned). Sorry for the long explanation, but I'm stumped, and I have much more important things to do with my computer than play games. Any help?
I know someone will pesture me for computer specs, so here's some I can give you. Desktop computer; AMD Phenom 2 quad core; Asus motherboard, 250GB SATA hard drive with Win 7 Ultimate, moslty full; 250GB hard drive with Ubuntu; 600W power supply, two DVD-ROMs; NVIDEA 9800 graphics card 1Gb; 4GB RAM i think; Linksys wirelessN PC card;two internal fans; and so on. Tell me if you want more.
I really can't tell if the problem is software or hardware.
Edited by Iceboa, 02 November 2012 - 11:58 PM.