I had a friend help me custom build my computer for both Gaming and Audio production.
My reboots happen mostly (but are not limited to) playing games. And even with the "Automatically Restart" setting disabled in system prefs.
It 1st began after installing Half Life 2 and has happened with every game since (Actually I DID play all the way through Far Cry without any problems when I 1st got my computer).
It's been suggested that it was a virus or that it is my PSU and Im really beginning to think that its the later because I've allready performed multiple Clean Installs of XP and the problem still occured.
I also let my tech friend borrow and try and troubleshoot my computer twice in the past and he tested the ram and hard drives but wasn't able to properly test the cpu or Psu I don't think. He DID get my system to a working state where he was able to run the game "Knights of the old republic" for 3 days straight (operated by a bot that ran around at random) without a single crash.
But then as soon as I got it back and plugged in my external drive the problem began again. Hence, the Virus suggestion. So I scanned (and did find and remove a few viruses) and apparently got my system cleaned. But
a wierd thing was that I was unable to perform a full system Virus scan in SafeMode without getting the BlueScreen of death. Tried both Kaspersky and Avast free.
I have two internal hard drives and if I unplugged the 2nd one then the scan would complete successfully. Strange.
(HD specs: an older 60gb Western Digital as my Master and a newer 200gb Seagate as the Slave.)
Since then I have (again) reformatted and reInstalled a fresh copy of windows and have only installed the very bare minimum of updated drivers and have not plugged any external soundcard (m-audioQuattro) or Ext. Hard drives in and at least now Im able to complete Virus scans in safe mode.
However, I checked in my Event viewer and am still getting all of the same error codes as I was before the OS install.
Dcom errors and
Service Control Manager errors.
Havn't had a chance to put my system to a stress test with HL2 since my last OS install but I have a gut feeling that I'm going to experience another random reboot at some point after I DO.
Ps. Another thing about the reboots while playing games.
It's not always frequent.
When it happens, it's always a Freeze Up (for about 2 seconds) and then an automatic reboot.
I've never had it happen when there's alot of action on the screen. It's always at a random quiet moment. And WIth every game I've tested.
PSS. I attatched a copy of my error log just incase anybody wanted to look at it.
Edited by audiovoid, 30 August 2007 - 08:52 PM.