Posted 02 April 2006 - 08:28 PM
I'm running Windows XP Pro with SP2, 512 RAM
I just experienced one of the weirdest behaviors I've ever seen a computer exhibit. I was listening to an online radio in firefox (pandora.com, which uses a flash interface to control the playback) and installing updates through Adobe updater. I spaced out a little bit while waiting for the updates to finish installing, so I'm not sure if they finished or if it crashed partway through it. As I was listening to the music, it began to speed up and get very loud (as if it were fast-forwarding at 20-30 times the normal speed). Since I had never heard the song before, I wasn't sure if it was just part of the ending. This went on for 2-3 seconds, and when I looked up, a dreaded blue screen appeared for a split-second, and then my computer restarted. I had no time to read anything on the blue screen, and I'm not sure how far through the Adobe updater was before this happened. While it was restarting, windows ran an automatic scan on the hard drive and found a damaged file in one of my temporary folders, though I was not able to connect it with any program I've seen before (it was just a string of random characters).
I need to know if this could have been caused by a program running in the background that I had no knowledge of, or maybe a glitch in one of the two programs I was using. I've never heard of anything like this happening before, and I'm hoping somebody reading this has heard of something similar happening before. Also, (I'm not sure if it's possible) I would like to know if Windows stores any log files before a crash, and if there's any way for me to look through them and maybe find out what happened.
Thanks for any help,