Programs on Windows XP mce are randomly crashing

By intense
Apr 17, 2009
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  1. My computer recently (2 days ago) just started to randomly crash programs! I didn't do anything on it like install new programs or anything and programs started to crash such as, AIM, firefox, warcraft 3, malware bytes, and some other random ones. At first i thought it was some sort of virus messing with my computer so i manually updated malware bytes and then i rebooted in safe mode and scanned my computer with it and with kaspersky. Nothing came up though and i don't know what else to do! it's driving me nuts =[
    help please!

    thanks,
    michael
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    Are you getting Blue Screens of Death? If so, what error codes are they displaying?

    Have you checked your system temperatures? Overheating will shut down a system fast.
  3. intense

    intense Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    thanks for the reply!
    no im not getting blue screens of death and i don't think my system is overheating because whenever i stick my hand in this hole (my computer is designed weird! haha its a sony vgc-rc210g) all i feel is cold air because its liquid cooled.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    Okay, then run Memtest on your RAM. This is free and quite safe. It will boot up almost immediately as you boot up your system. Keep in mind it needs to run for a minimum of 7 Passes with 8 individual tests per Pass. This takes time but well worth it.

    See link: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic62524.html

    * Get back to us with the results.
  5. intense

    intense Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I did the memtest on both memory sticks (512 mb ddr2-4200) and they both passed 8 passes with no errors.
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    It could be your psu. What make and model is your power supply?
  7. intense

    intense Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    My psi is made by delta electronics
    Model is dps-400QB A
    Year I don't know sry
    Output is 400w max
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    Did this psu come with the case?
  9. intense

    intense Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    yes it did. now my desktop is just showing me the active desktop recovery =[ i don't like the way this is going.
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    Here is the thing: a) I never heard of Delta psu's and b) unless it is certain Antec cases (and I believe a few Thermaltake) 99.99% of the psu's that come with a case are utterly garbage. I highly doubt you're even getting 100 watts out of that thing.

    A good PSU is vital to the stability of a system. Are you able to borrow a psu and hook it up to your system to see if you gain stability?

    Here is an example of a good 400w power supply at a great price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817104052

    Give us the rest of your system specs.
  11. intense

    intense Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    hmm i'm not sure. but i've been using the psu for the whole time since i've received the computer (4 yrs). could it really be that the psu burned out and is causing this instability? not sure if that really helps but i 'll just put it out there, i ran cpuid and it said that my core voltage is around 12.5V

    could it also be that i have a bad hard drive? because when the system went completely instable this morning (antivirus crashed, desktop crashed, etc) aim said "Application popup: aim6.exe - Corrupt File : The file or directory \WINDOWS\system32 is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility."

    and just before that the event viewer said that there was a ntfs error and that "The file system structure on the disk is corrupt and unusable. Please run the chkdsk utility on the volume C:."

    just got the edited info and the rest of my system specs are: (copied directly from the sony page)
    Processor
    Type : Intel® Pentium® D Processor 930
    Speed : 3GHz1
    Front Side Bus Speed : 800MHz
    L2 Cache : 4 (2MBx2)
    Technology : Intel® Dual Core

    Hard Drive
    Capacity : 320GB (160GBx2) 2
    Speed : 7200rpm
    Interface : SATA (RAID 0)

    Power
    Power Management : ACPI 1.0 Compliant
    Power Requirements : 100-240V
    Power Consumption : 400W (max.)

    Memory
    Type : DDR2
    Installed : 1GB (PC2-4200)
    Maximum : 2GB
    Speed : 533MHz

    Graphics
    Processor : ATI Radeon® X300 Graphics
    Video RAM : 128 DDR SDRAM Video Memory
    Chipset : Intel® 945P
    Interface : TV-Out, VGA Out, DVI-D Out, x16 PCI Express
    Format(s) Supported : Giga Pocket® MPEG2 Realtime Encoder board with TV Tuner
     
  12. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    I personally wouldn't trust that psu BUT it seems to have been stable for you. Checking the harddrive would certainly be advisable. Find the manufacturer of your HD's and download their free diagnostic utility.

    Could it be your RAID configuration is beginning to have issues?
  13. intense

    intense Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 22

    hmm i don't know. how would i go around to check the RAID configuration? i've opened up intel matrix storage and it says that my raids are okay and that it's functioning normally but nothing about the configuration of it.

    Edit:
    just ran the WD diagnostic and the hard drives passed which still leaves me clueless =[. i was planning on running a chkntfs but apparently everytime i load up cmd my desktop (explorer.exe) crashes!
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