Right. Bear with me.
This is the exact same problem that has afflicted my daughterâ€™s PC. The difference is that on hers, it shuts off; mine freezes up completely.
Long and short of it is that today â€“ out of the blue â€“ it has just started freezing up on me. Like, as soon as I get into Windows after the first time that itâ€™s happened.
The longer itâ€™s left off, the more itâ€™ll go before freezing up. Sounds like CPU temp, right? Except that I reset and see the temp is only 42ÂºC. When it was on for a bit after being left off, my MSN Messenger settings had been forgotten (password, addy and login preferences) â€“ may be relevant. Also, in Safe Mode which (works for longer before freezing sometimes), on both machines, the â€˜need to register Windowsâ€™ key symbol would show up in the taskbar.
I see 2 possible causes: a virus, or a stick of RAM which has been in both PCs. The RAM was put in mine this morning and itâ€™s gone several hours being fine and then it started. Itâ€™s out now but the problem is still the same.
I donâ€™t know if a virus could cause these symptoms. I canâ€™t actually scan for one, so if it is, I donâ€™t know what to do.
I really donâ€™t see how a stick of RAM could leave a lasting effect on a PC. Iâ€™ve just noticed that itâ€™s 2.6v though, and I think that hers is only meant to take 2.5v. Itâ€™s the exact same specs as the RAM that I put it in with except that the other one is 2.5v. Could this voltage difference be the cause?
I have tried a windows reinstallation. On hers, it switches off on the windows screen just prior to the user agreement. On mine, setup was copying files but froze at 73%.
I could weep, truly I could.
I think thatâ€™s all. Please help. Again.