What's going on with my computer? (The computer help thread)
Go to Super User first!This is the general purpose "help!" thread for all those computer related problems. Note that my problem has been solved and can be ignored.
I need help, I don't know what's going on.
First of all, my computer was fine until today. I just came back from holiday, and I haven't touched my computer for a week.
I started gmod, and everyone that OK until I joined a server. Once I joined, I moved about for about 15 seconds, typing stuff and looking around. Then it happened. Suddenly, there was full on 255 green in certain parts of the game, and it was frozen. The screen refreshed every 5-10 seconds which didn't really help much because everything was going all weird. I closed the game through the task manager and restarted my computer.
The same thing happened again when I rebooted and started the game. Everything was going very strange, and I took an 8 minute video of it but I don't know if I can upload it.
When I closed the game process through the task manager, I was browsing around on the internet, catching up on my blogs. Then I noticed a subtle shift from white to pink, just momentarily. I focused on some random white space, and I saw my monitor again shift from white to pink, then back to white. Then, it shifted rapidly to a very strong pink, there were some strange patterns, and my computer froze again. I shut it off because now I think my hardware is damaged in some way.
What is causing this? I don't want to turn on my computer again in case something is about to short-circuit/blow up/ some random cool thing involving destruction. This hasn't happened until now, after a 1 week break in which I didn't use my computer.
I've never had hardware fail on my before like this. Joe is very confused!
My monitor is on an lsd trip!
Yesterday, I was playing that rabbit killing flash game (sorry emily :P), and at the same time, I fired up steam. This normally isn't a problem for my computer. It's fast enough to run a whole shitload of apps at once.
Anyway, all the sudden in the middle of a rabbit killing wave, I got a hard freeze with the sound locking up and everything, and then it stopped after a few seconds and the Steam box popped up, which led me to believe they were related. Then it happened again. Hard freeze for a few seconds, then fine for about 5-7 seconds. This repeated until I restarted the computer. I tried closing everything I had running, including the explorer.exe process just to see. I noticed in the task manager that the processor was spiking on every freeze, but as the computer was frozen, I couldn't see which process was doing it.
Now, that kinda worried me, but I was okay, until i happened again. This time, it was during my Quake Live game. Same thing, same symptoms, same restart fix. I don't know what's doing this, as I wasn't doing anything other than playing Quake Live, and no other programs had opened recently.
Edit: I also left it on all night without a freeze. Nothing was running that had needed an processor power though.
Okay, for clarification, these are the things I tried:
-Closing all processes and trying to find the one that was spiking
-Checking the case and temperature sensors for overheating
-Cleaning out the dust just to make sure (there wasn't a lot, this was for good measure)
-Leaving the computer going to see if I would get a blue screen, then I would know if it was a driver issue and which driver
*I'm now going to reinstall my graphics drivers and restart. Other than that, I can't think of what drivers would be causing this. I may try running steam to see if that's the issue, but I don't even think it was on last freeze-thing.
Related Computer Specs:
Intel 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo E6700
2 Gigs Ram
Radeon HD 3850 256mb
Incidentally, you should also try to close the process tree of explorer.exe by right clicking on the process. If your problem isn't solved Close down everything you can, one process at a time. Try to cut everything down to a bare minimum, including things like your antivirus, and even those weird system processes and see if there is still any spiking. Try to remember what you just ended, in case you find the problematic process.
Also, have you installed any new programs?
See if any of that will help you in some way, and report back on any data you gathered.
I don't think I'll have any problems doing that, but I've been wondering (and I can't find the answer on the internet - I must not know the right search terms): Since this drive will still have an operating system, can I use it? That is, if I wanted to play Burn: Cycle (which won't play on Windows XP), can I play it on the external drive? Also, could I use this drive to access the internet without interference from the "main" computer's drive? Could I access applications on both drives simultaneously? That is, could I use Outlook through the "main" drive and Internet Explorer thriugh the external drive at the same time?
However, you will have problems with different file systems. As far as I know, windows 98 can't read NTFS, which is what XP uses. XP can see fat32, which would be the windows 98 uses. One can access the other, but not vice versa. If you can boot up into windows 98 you will be able to play Burn: Cycle, but you won't be able to access the windows XP drive.
So for running programs from both disks, you'll be running them in windows XP. You can load up programs from the external drive drive so that they run on XP. However,I think you won't be able to run Internet Explorer from the external considering that XP integrates IE into the operating system. You'll have to see what you can and can't run, as you may have conflicts with existing files.
I think I may have written that a bit sloppily, ask me if you need clarification. ^_^
Explained: Technically, you can boot from either the XP or '98 drive. Unfortunately, you won't have any drivers installed (or the wrong drivers already installed) for your hardware, so Windows '98 may not even be usable. For programs like Burn: Cycle, try installing/running them under "Windows 98 Compatibility Mode." Also, '98 doesn't have plug and play. THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR ANYONE USING WINDOWS 98 NOWADAYS.
I've tried numerous things, such as changing the wireless channel to avoid interference, changing router IP's and settings, rebooting everything on the network, doing hard resets, etc. What's the deal?
(Also, I forgot to mention, the internet works fine when directly connected, only the wireless has this issue.)
(Double also, I wanted to mention that all of my other applications work fine constantly, there's no stuttering in torrents, IM, or even Firefox downloads, it's only loading pages.)
Could you also try with all other internet traffic turned off?