Possible Hardware Issue? (w/ BSOD)
I've got an issue that seems to be compounding itself that maybe a few of you might be able to help me out with.
I have a relatively new build that I have been using for several weeks with no issues. Today while the computer was unattended, it decided to reboot. I was a little concerned, but didn't see anything wrong. Then I started seeing strange errors pop up (Outlook asking for a link browser, etc.) that justified my concern.
Again, while unattended, it rebooted again, but this time it used the standard VGA drivers and decided not to recognize my video card. I manually rebooted and everything was back to normal.
I had a few recently installed programs that I didn't really need, so just in case they were causing my issues I uninstalled them. Nothing untrustworthy that I know of...mostly performance testers (OCCT, Prime 95, etc.).
After I was finished I restarted and before windows could finish loading, I got the following error:
lsass.exe - System Error: The endpoint format is invalid.
With that there was an ok button that cleared the window and rebooted the machine. At this point, there was no way for me to get past this window. Same thing in various forms of Safe Mode.
Did a bit of googling on my error and got a few hits showing I had symptoms of a virus infection. Not really sure what to do at this point, so browsing around led me to attempt using my XP install disk to repair the installation.
That at least got me bootable again, but there were so many issues that I couldn't resolve, I got completely fed up and decided to wipe my OS partition and reinstall. I had been putting off using Vista anyway.
I figured that since I could get to my stuff, I'd back up the minimal stuff on my OS partition that needed it. This is where I started getting the BSOD...about every 5 minutes. Again fed up, I decided to just start the wipe. I didn't have anything critical I needed from that partition.
So I started the fresh install and as soon as the partition was done formatting I got the BSOD again. Ran a chkdsk from the repair console and got another BSOD.
Now I'm not sure I ever had a virus...I'm thinking it's probably my HD. Anybody think it could be something else?
Any suggestions for programs I can use from a bootable CD to test my HD? I'd like something to test my memory also, just not sure if these tools exist in a format that I can use.
Here's what I've got for guts:
ASUS Maximus Formula
Crucial Ballistix 2GB PC6400
Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB
EVGA 8800 GTS (G92)
Thanks guys for taking the time to read this. I know it's a bit long winded, but I really appreciate the help!