I have a P4 2.53/Corsair 512 XMS/Radeon 9800 Pro 128/80 GIG Maxtor HD. My system has been working fine for about 6 months. To start off the story, I was playing a song when I noticed that my right speaker wasn't playing any music. I then unhooked my speaker from the built in sound card. The screen when rainbow and I had to reboot. After I rebooted, I decided to play MOH. I loaded it up and BOOM, the system restarted. It came back and I was in Windows and after about 5 minutes, a random lock and I had to reboot again. I then updated drivers and the same thing happened. I ran Memtest86 and all looked good. I went to Safe Mode and the system did NOT reboot. I loaded back to Windows and it crashed. I then disabled the VC drivers and the system didn't reboot. I ran AntiVirus and AntiSpyware and nothing was found. (full system check) I went to sleep and woke up in the morning with the system completely off. I installed Omega Drivers and haven't had a chance to test, but I don't know what's specifically wrong.
1. When the system reboots, the screen is blank until it reaches Windows. This causes me to think of a VC issue.
2. The VC is really hot when touching, so it could be heat, but it's been running a while so long. Ironically, my heater was on for 2 months (no sound) and I didn't know. Nothing happened in those 2 months, but after one week of turning it off,
3. Power Supply seems to be fine. Running an Antec TruePower 480. All fans are on and I don't feel any heat on the PS.
4. I bought a PCI Blower... maybe that will help, but it'll take 3 days to get to me.
Anything else I can test? I guess I can try to change VC's and see if it dies again. I was told to install an updated BIOS to see if that helps it, but I doubt it will.
Suggestions would be MORE than welcome.