I posted this in the motherboard sections, but I haven't received much feedback.
My computer recently started shutting down for an unknown reason. Whenever I'm in My Computer looking through files, it will shut down. The blue screen pops up for a brief second, but I can read that Windows Explorer is the supposed problem. Windows Explorer seems to be the only thing that causes the crashes. I tried virus scans, setting changes, system restore, and even reinstalling Windows. Nothing works. I have pretty much narrowed it down to hardware. Does anyone know what would cause this?
My specs are:
Pentium D 925 (3.0Ghz/800Mhz/2x2mb)
2GB of DDR2 667Mhz Off-brand RAM
WD 80GB SATA hard drive
ATI HD2600XT with 512MB GDDR3
OCZ Stealth X Stream 500W PSU
I'm running Windows Vista.
There are no overclocks and there've never been any. I've had most parts for the last year and a half except the Video card and PSU are only about 2-3weeks old. But I bought them both brand new. Any ideas?
^Yeah that ram is toast. There is nothing you can do to fix it. Get it out of your system before it starts corrupting files and the like. Ram is extremely cheap nowadays. You gat get 2x2gb GOOD sticks of ddr2 800 ram for under 30 bucks on newegg.
Get it out of your system before it starts corrupting files and the like.
Will it corrupt files if I'm just checking email?
2x2gb GOOD sticks of ddr2 800 ram for under 30 bucks on newegg.
The only one that I see is from AllComponants, which I've never heard of. Plus you have to pay shipping. Is AllComponents a good brand? There's also some Kingston for $33, but it's got a CL of 6. Is there a big difference between CL 5 and CL6? Wouldn't I be better getting only 2GB of higher quality RAM like the OCZ Gold for $23?
I would go with the last two but in reality, anything from Newegg will be multiple times better than anything from ebay. Reading emails shouldn't hurt anything. But i wouldn't work on any work documents or anything that you need to save and need later.
If you have more than one stick in the system you should still narrow it down to which stick it is. This will confirm its not a BIOS setting issue (RAM timings or voltage) or that its not an issue with the motherboard (memory controller).
It's actually only one 2GB stick. I hope it's not a motherboard issue since I just ordered new RAM. The problem did start about 2 weeks after upgrading to Vista. But reloading vista didn't help, so I don't think that's it.