December 10th, 2004, 10:25 AM
It could always be the Fan
games and virii scans can increase your MB and/or CPU's temprature, causing the system to shutdown unexpectedly.
Use some temprature monitoring package (most of the latest MB's have a bundled software for same), and check if all your fans are working properly. To me it seems like a hardware error.
If all is fine here then my next suspect is your GeForce.
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December 10th, 2004, 10:53 AM
Have you recently installed XP SP2? It has a built in firewall that is "on" by default, and can affect internet activities such as games. Please check this list to see if you are running any software with known SP2 compatibility issues:
Do you have a resident antivirus and firewall? if so, what?
I would not run Norton as it is a resource hog. Run AdAware and SpyBot first, in safe mode. Then try to run your AV.
I am not so sure about the hardware theory. I would expect your machine to freeze or switch off, NOT to restart. I would suggest that you eliminate the malware and software conflict possibilities first.
I would also suggest that you go into your BIOS and Power Management (Control Panel) and switch OFF all power management options. Set the machine to allways on.
And you do need more memory.............all I am doing is browsing this site and I am using 335Mb!
December 10th, 2004, 12:27 PM
Id say that if you start in safe mode and your computer crashes when scanning for virus's
(at what point does ytour computer restart, is it randomly? on start up or when you try to run programs. If it happens when you try to run programs, what programs trigger the crash (if any).
common sence says that ure programs are running on a system that cant handle them (as nihil pointed out) try a different O/S would be my suggestion.
The more you know, the less you understand!
December 10th, 2004, 01:19 PM