I assume my PC specs will apprear below. I have ran this computer with no real problems for years. The only problem ive had is with an ADAT soundcard (i do alot of music production) that kept dropping audio and in the end i boxed the card and gave up till i could afford a new card (then i find out that its not the card thats the problem when i put it in my ex's machine and it works fine but nevermind).
So the other week i get hold of a massive VSTi for cubase and its about 30GB of disk space and needs extracting. Extracted the first few files and they took about an hour each so that was fine but on about the 3rd one the pc completly freezes up needing reset button. I then think it maybe overheating so i leave the pc off for about 4 hours before trying again. Then it works for a bit then freezes again. I tried removing one ram stick, then the other, but still the same problem so not a memory problem. Not an overclocking or overheating problem as ive had a monitor on it whilst extracting and my case is well ventilated. Also tried a complete format and reinstall.. same problem.
Then earlier today the pc gives up completly and everytime it started up (even cold in the morning) it just freezes a few seconds after settling on the desktop. I then think dam what about my files. so i try to start in safe mode and it STILL freezes about the same amount of time. Then finally disaster struck. I think the amound of reset buttons its had screwed windows and when i next reset it i got this message seconds after pressing the on button:
Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup cd-rom.
select 'r' at the first screen to start repair
Ok so i get my windows disk and put it in. Now usually it would come up with the first screen with the option to repair windows... but this time its just going straight to the part where you select the partition to install windows to! So i cannot repair. Xpress recovery doesnt respond either and last known configuration and safe mode end with the same result.
By now ive got on my laptop and ordered a newer motherboard and 4GB of new DDR2 ram for it as i know its forked in one way or another and my sound card didnt work with it anyway. Will arrive tomorrow morning... but i cant get to my files got alot of important stuff on there and as always... not backed up
Any ideas guys? Sorry about long post but i figured i better explain in the most detail i can.
Thanks in advance!!!