So here is the deal.
Recently whilst playing Civilization IV against my Girlfriend over a LAN, my PC has been periodically jumping straight to a BSOD then it reboots and then starts windows up again, often with mixed results sometimes doing a CHKDSK sometimes not registering there's been any problem at all.
Now what is particularly strange, is that this has just happened recently.
And I have placed no new hardware on my PC nor really any new software, one harmless program was added and I got rid of it, but I think the errors were there prior to this program anyway.
I know you might think "this is a specific problem with Civilization IV - go sort it out on their sites" but I don't think that is the case. I do think it has ONCE done the same thing when my PC was idle for a while at some point over the last few days.
I turned off the auto-reboot and took a look at the BSOD error message.
It tells me NOTHING of any use. It looks like some generic one saying basically "we haven't a clue what is wrong" message - it just talks vaguely of checking new hardware, drivers etc, not even any real error codes.
The only code I get is 0x00000007f (0X000000000 etc....)
Now I looked this up, and it seemed to be connected to any wide number of things most likely though, a graphics card. HOWEVER - I had an issue with a graphics card a while back, like 14 months ago, when I first purcahsed Dawn of War, I got something similar to what I got now, bascially my Laptop overheated BSOD'd and reboot or just hung, I fixed that by updated my nVIDIA drivers and installing RivaTuner - and underclocking to 400 (well 402 on my system but it read as 400) and this solved all my errors on all games or any graphics hungry program and I have not looked back since. And also at the time the BSOD talked of the nvdisp.dll driver.
This new BSOD talks of nothing.
So I doubt it is graphical, I did roll back my driver a couple of months ago and then updated it again a couple of weeks ago but this problem is brand new only 3 days old, and thus is rather confusing why it would start now. I am using a laptop so in order to update I just use the 'hacked' (i think that is an over the top expression - edited is more realistic) drivers of laptopdrivers2go (or whatever they are called) and got the most up to date driver.
So I know this is a lot of info but i'm trying to narrow down 'back and forthness' so people can see what i've done so far. I've run spybot s&d, and no spyware, i've run hijackthis and nothing seems out of the ordinary and i've used a registry cleaning tool (and been using it for ages so i know its a nice one and not one of those 'spam' styled ones). So the laptop is checked over and i've run AVG free antivirus and found nothing.
The thing that has REALLY confused me is the lack of info in the admin tools --> event viewer.
After it crashed each time, I quickly went to the event viewer to see what it could be, each time i aded through stuff and found something that kept cropping up, an 'sptd' event, something about it trying to read something or so on, it came up as a bit of an error, did some research, apparently connected to the Alcohol 120% program, i used it briefly about 7 months ago but got rid of it, more trouble than it was worth and most of the stuff it can be used for is basically illegal so I just couldn't be bothered with it. I checked out the sptd.sys driver in my drivers and deleted it and some people suggested though all problems online suggested a 'hang' upon booting up a pc, i was having a different problem. Anyway, this seemed to do some trick, but sure enough another 2 hours into a game it died again, I went to event viewer, and this time NO error messages, it was just telling me 'stuff' lots of events starting etc. A new thing coming up was b57w2k (which is odd, because I checked and I have only got b57xp32 in drivers), this thing seemed to initialize around the time of breakage, a bunch of events followed but nothing of note. I had not heard of this driver but apparently it is linked to the broadcom gigabit ethernet hardware etc, which i do believe i am using to connect across my LAN. Now I am yet to have the time to play a good deal of games on my own (work etc) to test if its a video issue, but my thoughts lead me to think it is to do with this, with the ethernet stuff, because it has now broken on a bunch of LAN sessions when gaming against my girlfriend. I also noticed the name 'duplex' being mentioned in the info about the file in the event viewer and this name came up as a company that had made the sptd.sys driver too, ... coincidence? Probably but it could mean something. Also upon restart I got an error aabout sptd.sys, However i never saw any error and the laptop was fine i just noticed it was grumbling in the event viewer about it but i have heard no more on it. So that is the long story, and I could really do wit h some help, what angers me is I have simply no idea what this is, and the system is offereing no help.
If it is driver issue I want to know what to do, and also it was so sudden out of nowhere.
Any help would be fantastic, if you need more info please ask me, i'm quite computer literate so will be fine being asked to search for detailed info i think.
Thanks in advance people, this is really making things difficult for me!