[clug-talk] Random computer crashing
kwong at csa-pdk.com
Tue May 9 06:43:07 PDT 2006
Mitchell Brown wrote:
> Okay, the full 5-stage CHKDSK just finished. Found 0 problems. Argh.
> I could try reformatting the drive and doing a NTFS Full this time -
> but I'd probably just be wasting my time.
> If it is faulty memory or a PSU, why would reformatting the partition
> with Linux make a difference to the Windows installer O_o
> I'm at a loss here. This is very frustrating for me and my mom wants
> this video ripped asap.
> What would you guys do in my situation?
I have cannibalized a number of computers in my life time because of
problems like that and walk away from the carcass. If you need to rely
on a computer is it not performing reliably, there is not too much that
you can do. The age of the components bears no correlation to its
reliability -- when solving these kinds of problems, sometimes dead is
good, because it is much easier to fix -- flaky is bad because you have
to create the same circumstance for it to fail.
Could it be caused by a heating issue -- try opening up the case and
running a fan against the mb, if you have a cold soldier joint or a bad
trace, temperature fluctuations could cause a system failure.
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