I built a PC for myself 2 years back. It had problems once in a while since I built it but now become worse. Here is the details:
Most of the times I turn on the PC (Running Windows XP) it fails to start and keeps on restarting. sometimes goes to disk scanning and find problems with windows files/boot record. Then starts alright (most of the times) when I completely switch off and start again.
There are 2 RAM modules and tried isolating, but still there is problem. Bought a new HDD of Hitachi, assuming that is causing problem, but again the same issue. Once after a crash, my entire C drive has disappeared. Sometimes fonts also disappear. I tried changing the antivirus as well.
Now I assume that the motherboard or CPU is creating the issue on HDD. If Windows starts with hidden problems, we know it either from AVG icon (which says antivirus is not up to date, but can't update) or from firefox crash. Also sometimes system goes off with bluescreen saying physical memory dump.
One thing I noticed that it gives more trouble in summer and less in winter. Tried starting with Linux boot disk and there's no issues (because system not using HDD).
Now I have Acronis backup of good Windows installations and whenever system crashes, I do recovery. Please help me diagnose the problem.
Thanks in advance.
Problem is even before the OS loads. These days there's no much issues once windows gets started. First time it never start correctly (keeps on restarting). If I turn off power and on, it will start most of the times. But after finishes loading, message will say, system recovered from a serious error, restored registry etc. Sometimes will be missing some fonts.