Whatsup everyone! I'm back for a hardware question, since you guys are the resident know it alls!
My pc has some weird issues. I need some of your technical expertise cuz i have NO idea where to start debugging my hardware.
There are a few bizzaro ways my computer has been messing up the past two days. The most usual way is as follows:
to go completely black to the monitor, and the monitor idle light goes off like theres no signal. I get a strange noise from inside my case, and my DVD rom drive goes BONKERS, like its whirring or something, even though theres nothng in it. I need to power the system down. This happens anywhere from boot up to about 30 minutes after my system starts up, so my system actually does run ok sometimes for short periods of time. The only clue i have towards its agressors is that when i start up a Fullscreen game, like UT, the game plays fine for like 10 seconds then dies. Otherwise its screwiness is intermittant. This would be ok if my POST codes on my mobo gave me some help. Nothing-FF only, so im clueless.
Every few times my computer boots up ok before it screws up, I get get a lil warning sign in my systray, so and so file is corrupted, run Chkdisk. So I run Chkdisk every few times, and my pc fixes about 50 errors all having to do with cross linked allocation units, and first allocation unit not being valid. Its fixed ok til about 3 more boot ups and tons more corrupt files, usually in temporary internet files. I'm pretty sure its not a virus as i scanned, but i suppose it could be, and i havent openend any attachments.
The other way my computer messes up (and the FIRST way it started goin nuts) was after a lil while of normal use, everything freezes and my screen turns a tint of red but still i can see what i was going, but its like vertical hold bars are runnin up and down my monitor. Only way to get out of this is to reboot.
Id say EVERYTHING is screwed up but this all started at the same time, and since it fails in such different ways, i'm all out of ideas. I was thinking it could be the case heating up getting everything screwy, but it still has the problem (at least when starting a game) with the case off. My hsf is pretty decent, and motherboard Monitor gives me a temp of about 51, 52...54 max once right after a failure.
Windows XP Professional
Expox 8k7a Mobo
256k crucial ddr
IBM Deskstar 60gxp 40GB
Pioneer DVDROM 16x
MSI GeForce2 Pro 64MB
Thanks in advance people!
I know thats alot of information but you guys are still the most knowledgeable and nicest help around!