Hey everyone. As the topic suggests I have have this issue with my five year old computer.
Last friday while playing X-com on Steam, my pc totally froze and I could do nothing but make a manual reboot (reset button). After that Windows stalls at the splash screen every time I try rebooting. Even when it goes to recovering mode it halts at the splash screen.
Now before you go telling me to make a reinstall here's what I did. I tried another HD with my old Win 7 Premium (known to work on this pc) but it stalls on the black screen with only the cursor blinking. After that I tried a clean HD (also known to work just perfect) and tried reinstalling Win XP SP3 from a genuine Microsoft Installation CD. The hardware boots like usual and the installation begins from the CD. After the first sequence of loading system files the black screen comes on with a blinking cursor. That's supposed to happen, only it stays that way - nothing more.
For the last month or so leading up to the mishap my cpu tended to heat up, especially when using 3D games and virtual chatrooms like IMVU. About three months ago I reinstalled the hardware into a smaller ATX tower. There were no issues with my old Maxi tower. However installing a 2nd chassis fan blowing directly onto the cpu heatsink/fan hasn't helped either. Taking off the ATX casing cover didn't help either.
I have reasons to believe that my cpu over heated when playing X-com on Steam. However that never was an issue before, regardless the Windows version used.
Lastly I tried booting from my Partition Wizard 7.7 CD Linux (also known to work) but still no result. It halts at after setting up Kernel saying "Kernel panic - not syncing: IO-APIS + timer doesn't work! ..........Any Linux guys know what that means? (Screenshot attached)
Could there be any other reason for the pc not being able to boot my software then a faulty of the cpu itself?
I hope someone can help me out here