Have you eliminated all spyware potential problems??
Have you tried reducing the number of programs loading at boot and only use the "Problem" programs.
Making wholesale changes doesn't sound like a wise troubleshooting approach.
Have you checked the event monitor reports????
Alright, I've looked everywhere for someone with a problem similar to mine. This may end up being a lengthy post so bear with me please people, and I thank any of you for input in advance.
First, let me describe the problem. As the title states, my computer reboots randomly, no Blue Screen, no forewarning, just like I switched the PSU on and off real quick. It sucks! I run Windows XP, and I have it set to give me Blue Screen error messages instead of just automaticly rebooting so that's not the issue.
It's been doing this for maybe a month, the first time I thought it was just a silly Windows error and thought nothing of it, same for the next few times, I figured there was something running after a while and checked it out. All normal, I hadn't changed my computer in any way to make it do this, all software that was running, did so just fine before, and I hadn't changed any settings either. Eventually, I completely reinstalled Windows, but to no avail. I'm now thinking perhaps bad drivers, I'll be installing Linux later to verify this.
The restarts aren't completely random, they happen more when I'm watching movies, and almost always if I leave Winamp running for any significant amount of time (took about 2 hours last night). But it also happens sometimes when extracting from archives (rar's), or downloading things, or uploading things, or whatever it may be that involves the PC to be in use.
Here's a list of what I've done so far to try to fix it.
1. Ran diagnostics on both of my hard drives, nothing to report other than a small file system error which was fixed.
2. Ran memory tests under Linux and with windows based programs, for many many hours, nothing to report once again, all good.
3. Made sure everything was properly seated, and there was nothing shorting any connections out, including dust.
4. Checked every system temperature, everything is running smooth below 40 celsius almost always (except durring processor intensive things).
5. Switched out all hardware. Including - RAM, Video Card, Sound Card, NIC, PSU, and I also removed a 5.25 drive that monitors fans/CPU temp etc... I moved around some other hardware (DVD-RW, and 1 of the HDD's) so they're all on one IDE channel now. I don't have another motherboard to test, so the possible culprits are the processor and the motherboard. And MAYBE the hard drives, although I HIGHLY doubt it.
6. I've quadripple checked the BIOS settings, everythings compatible, and I've also tried so called "safe-settings". I've updated the BIOS (even though it didn't need it).
7. I have all the latest drivers, I've also tried older drivers.
That's about all I can remember that I've done so far. Also, a strange thing. I have an ASUS A7V8X mobo, with speech reporting enabled. 3 times, and only 3, after the computer restarted itself... it gave me the no cpu detected error, but when I turn the PC off (hold the power button for 4 seconds) and start it back up, it's fine, no errors. I have a feeling this is somehow related to my problem, not sure though. As I said before, my PC ran like a CHARM previously, was very fast and no problems, I left it on for weeks at a time. Here is all my hardware, and also the hardware I switched it out for.
Motherboard: ASUS A7V8X
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2600+ (333 FSB) (Retail Fan)
RAM: 1xCrucial 512 DDR 2700 Non-ECC Unregistered
GPU: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB (Built by ATI)
Sound: Onboard VIA Sound
NIC: Onboard Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet
PSU: Thermaltake Silent PurePower 480 Watt
ROM: TDK DVD-+RW 440n 4xDR2xDRW16xCR10xCRW
HDD1: Seagate Baracuda 120GB 7200RPM SATA 8MB Drive
HDD2: Seagate Baracuda 160GB 7200RPM UIDE/100 8MB Drive
Generic Floppy Drive
Xaser Skull Case - 4 Fans - CPU LCD Temp Monitor
After Switching It Out - All is same unless I wrote different.
RAM: 1xBuyAIB 256MB DDR 2700 Non-ECC Unregistered
GPU: ATI Radeon 7000 32MB (OEM)
Sound: SoundBlaster Audigy MP3+ <-In Use
NIC: US Robotics NIC <-In Use
PSU: Antec TruePower 380 Watt (I Think - I know it's either 380 or higher)
Oh, yeah, when moving the stuff around, I also re-applied some thermal glue to the processor, it cooled it off by a few degrees which was nice
ANYYYYYYYYYYY Help or input would be very much welcomed.
Windows XP SP1 All Updates
Sygate Firewall (Newest) - ZoneAlarm When It Started
CPUIdle <-- Anyone Know ANYTHING about this if it could be causing my problem? I'd been running it for over 2 weeks before this started to happen.
I guess my only option is to switch out my CPU/hard drives... I really don't want to do that. But Like I said, I'll be testing with linux later to make sure it's not a driver issue.
Thank you all, will check this thread VERY often.