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What could this problem be?

By ingeborgdot
Jul 8, 2007
  1. We have been gone for 16 days and in the mean time I have had the computer shut down. We came home and I turned on the computer and it started fine. After several minutes on the computer I updated Skype and after it downloaded and installed it just restarted itself. Nothing that it normally does. When the splash screen came on all devices showed they loaded then the XP splash screen came on and did the load thing. After that it went to the normal black screen but never did show the log on and just stayed black. I reset it many times and finally it went all the way through the log on. I have been working on it for several hours now and it seemed to be moving a little slow so I went into task manager and it showed adobe update manager was using almost all my resources. I went and tried to end but it wouldn't so I did a restart and it would not complete. I finally had to reset and all came back fine. Next I was working on adobe CS2 when it just restarted and did the same thing as before. After the restart just a black screen and nothing else. After many resets it came back on. What do you think happened. Is my hard drive going bad from sitting so long? Thanks.
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  3. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 434

    I found it to be the memory stick or sticks. One had 15 errors in 1 minute.
     
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    run memtest 86+ if you suspect bad ram for at least 7 passes. Do not rule out a bad PSU either. Test it with the correct tools.
     
  5. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 434

    The memory had over a hundred errors in memtest in just a short period of time.
     
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