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A week ago, my desktop computer was experiencing a problem where after I downloaded a windows update and was resetting my computer, it froze on an opening screen. I reset it only to find out that nothing would even show up on the monitor, but I could hear the inner fan running. After switching the video card and then the hard drive with a spare computer, I still couldn't get it to show anything on screen and now that spare computer was experiencing the same problem.

So I put everything back to their original positions and took it to Office Depot for their free PC checkup, and somehow they got it to work again, which was weird since, aside from my computer being slow due to the small amount of memory it has (256 MB), they claimed there was nothing weird. Although while they were checking it, it reset by itself a couple of times, but they said it's just because I needed to clear up some space on my hard drive.

So now that I've gotten it back, I've noticed that even though I freed up some space, my computer would still reset by itself at random times. And in recovering from the reset, when I enter my admin account, it tells me that the system has just recovered from a serious error. The error report that it generates includes two files with the last part of the file names labeled

I've tried running my antivirus program, but my system keeps resetting before it fully completes the scan. Although, the longest scan it performed before resetting yielded no apparent viruses.

Could anyone help me to figure out what's wrong?

Also, I don't know if this is related or not, but I can't even get that windows update to stay, each time it said it completed successfully, the next time I booted up my system, it would tell me that there's still a windows update to download.
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Bad computer memory is one of the three main reasons for random system failures.. the other two are heat (usually caused by fans or heatsinks being blocked with dust) or power issues...
first...unplug case from the wall...open it up and clean out all the dust bunnies...be sure to clean the cpu heatsink fins up real good.....guide is here..

then lets make sure its not your memory going bad...get memtest +
the lowdown is here..

if you have a floppy drive you can get the 6th one down ...set the bios to boot from the floppy drive A:

first...then the cd drive then the Hard drive C:
or you can get the 2nd one down and burn the ISO file to a cd and then boot it from the cd drive...

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go
here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso
burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....

let memtest run for at least 2 hours...if it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have
to replace the RAM...no errors after 2 hours just press Esc to end the tests and we will try some other

go here and get everest home...install and
launch it...click the + by computer...click on sensor...get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and

Edited by happyrock, 20 March 2009 - 06:14 PM.

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