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I was wondering if anyone could help me out:
My computer is going a little nuts the last two months, and it's getting worse and worse. I can still work on it, but it's really staring to piss me off.

Here's the deal: my PC randomly crashes from time to time, no matter wheter I'm playing a computer game, running winamp, working on a website, surfing the net or whatever. The crashes are random too: sometimes the sytsem just frezzes, sometimes it reboots all of a sudden and sometimes I'm just trown to the desktop, all programs closed, but can carry on. It also refuses to play a number of DVD's, but I don't know if that has something to do with the main problem...
It's really getting annoying, so that's why I ask your help.

Here's some specs:
MSI Mainboard (Via KT400)
AMD XP2000
GeForce 4 Ti
512 MB memory (PC333)
40 GB Seagate harddrive
15 GB Seagte Harddrive

Windows 2000 pro
Installed all latest drivers and everything...

Personally, I think one of the components is broken, but does anyone know know a method of how to pinpoint which one it is?
Or does anyone know what could be the problem?

Any help is greatly appreciated: Thanks in advance, people
 

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Did you install any new programs just before the problems started? The program I use at work is a archetictural program called 20-20, and it crashes alot similar to what you are talking about, and since we put it on the PC is will have random crashes in other programs occasionally as well. I took it off for a while and it stopped happening, once I put it back on it was the same old crap. Some programs arent compatable together and that may be your problem, or the program may not be fully compatable with yours

Other suggestions, scan for viruses, defrag you memory, and run scan disk, all maintainence utilities, that need to be done from time to time
 

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Sounds like your machine is what I like to call "oversaturated". This does not have to do with disk space yet the way Windows runs your computer. After running it for approx. a year and installing new programs, Windows mismanages it so much that it pooches. Rebuild the machine with XP.
 

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Xenon said:
Sounds like your machine is what I like to call "oversaturated". This does not have to do with disk space yet the way Windows runs your computer. After running it for approx. a year and installing new programs, Windows mismanages it so much that it pooches. Rebuild the machine with XP.
nah... keep 2k, xp is a whore (imo/ime) but luckily with all the updates microsoft will keep my pocket filled forevor (when i get a job that is )
 

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Xenon said:
Sounds like your machine is what I like to call "oversaturated". This does not have to do with disk space yet the way Windows runs your computer. After running it for approx. a year and installing new programs, Windows mismanages it so much that it pooches. Rebuild the machine with XP.
I'm planning to switch to XP pro, but the weird thing is that I made a clean install about 2 months ago - actually, three times, because the first new install gave the same problem as I still experience: I thought reinstalling windows would fix it (bad luck during installation). After trying it for the third time, I decided to live with it for a while and see if it would improve: but unfortunately it only got worse...

Because of that, I really don't think it is a problem with windows, but that one of the hardware conponents has fried: that's why I asked if anyone knows a method to determine what component may be broken (a software program perhaps?)

But anyways, thanks for your input (you too, Drew
), and keep 'em coming!
 

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maybe you should stop downloading so much porn those sites are loaded with cookies and viruses
j/k
 

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I've found many computers that run much more stable after a good cleaning. Just get a can of compressed air and blow all the junk out of the heatsink and fan, don't forget the power supply. Sometimes getting the fan off the heatsink allows you to do a more thorough job.
I'd go with Win XP too although I like Win2k as well. I usually use Win2k on older machines as a more stable alternative to the earlier Micro$oft offerings .
Good Luck,
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winkyee said:
I've found many computers that run much more stable after a good cleaning. Just get a can of compressed air and blow all the junk out of the heatsink and fan, don't forget the power supply. Sometimes getting the fan off the heatsink allows you to do a more thorough job.
I'd go with Win XP too although I like Win2k as well. I usually use Win2k on older machines as a more stable alternative to the earlier Micro$oft offerings .
Good Luck,
Pete
Thanks, I'll try that tomorrow: the weekend just started: it's time to beer
 
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