yesterday for instance.....
the computer wouldnt get past the screen that says "windows XP" with the little blue bar moving across the bottom. it just restarts itself over and over again.
so i reinstall windows..... everything is fine.
i update... install a few well known programs (norton internet security, AOL, microsoft office, stuff like that)
my wife calls me that night at work to tell me the computer had a problem starting and she got this error message (more or less)
" one of the files in your registry has been corrupted. windows used an alternate copy. the repair was succesful"
she uses the computer after that everything seems fine
i get home last night the computer seems fine.....but this morning once windows starts up and goes through its little list of start programs, it automatically restarts itself. i let it do that for about 15 minutes hoping it wuld stop. but it didnt. so i try it a few more times, then i use the windows CD to try and repair the installation.
the repair works......and windows runs fine..... untill i turn it off for the first time
once i turn the computer back on, it freezes at the welcome screen and wont go any further.
this is the worst its ever been... but two other times in the 6 months since i built the computer this same thing has happened.... where windows will suddenly just not start up.
for some reason i got it in my head that the problem was with the raid array, so one of the times when windows was working, i dowloaded western digitals diagnostic software to test the drives...and they both passed.
ive checked for updated drivers for the raid controller but cant seem to find any.
i called the people at asus and they said to change the CMOS battery on the motherboard. i did that but it didnt help.
i cant see how windows could be corrupted so quickly. Can some kind of hardware problem cause this?