07 July 2005, 12:32 AM
This latest heat wave appears to have given rise to some crashing trouble with my home office computer (Athlon64 2800+, Gigabyte K8N mobo, WinXP SP2, Western Digital HDs (300GB and 120GB), 1GB RAM). I'll be working along when it'll suddenly crash and restart (no blue screen). Somewhere in the boot sequence, I get a message (all in caps) to the effect that there's something wrong; insert a system disk and reboot (don't remember the exact wording). Rebooting doesn't do any good immediately; but letting the computer sit powered down for a while (at least 10 minutes) lets me reboot normally (though sometimes it will run chkdisk; sometimes, finding and correcting problems, sometimes not finding anything).
So I have 3 theories:
1. The computer is overheating (the powered-down part seems to point to this)
2. I'm getting dirty power due to all kinds of ACs, fans, etc. running to keep the climate tolerable (and it's a losing battle lately :sad: ). I just bought a UPS, as I've been meaning to for a while anyway
3. Defective HD (the 300GB one -- the system drive -- is pretty new, maybe 3 months old;the system partition is whatever the max size XP pre-SP2 allowed)