Howdy. Normally, I can troubleshoot my PC problems myself...okay, my 'solution' is to reformat my hard drive, which usually fixes the problem. :P
However, starting about a week ago I've been getting Blue Screens of Death seemingly at random. I didn't change any of my settings or software, so I figured 'Hey -- time to reformat'. So 4 days ago I reformatted & reinstalled XP.
Everything was going fine, then -- BAM! Blue Screen of Death. Exception caused by unknown device driver. Most peculiar, methinks. So I reformatted and reinstalled again; things are fine for a few hours, then the BSoD rears it's ugly head. The really annoying thing is that ever since the first few incidences, the computer restarts itself before I have a chance to read the BSoD text.
This stinks. So, I activate Windows Update. My PC downloads and begins installing SP2, when suddenly the BSoD appears. Now, after it restarts, Windows won't load. I think "Hmm.... It appears to have selected a really bad time to decide to stop things". My guess was that it's stuck somewhere with a half-updated file, and I don't feel like fiddling with it. So I reformat.
At this point, I've reformatted 3 times in 4 days. And the BSoD appears again. Rage!
Whatever is wrong appears to also be randomly causing things to shut down. Firefox shuts down regularly (and refused to start for awhile), and sometimes after a shut-down-and-restart cycle (PC-initiated, probably involving a BSoD) doesn't provide any data as to what went wrong, usually forgetting to mention that it's just recovered from a serious error.
At this point, I was under the impression that it wasn't a software problem. And then I get this...
Now, for about the past month my PC's been saying my ethernet connection is unplugged, when I'm well aware that nothing of the sort is eventuating.
When I try to install games they fail to complete installation, usually blaming a corrupt cab file.
I read in another BSoD thread about an "Event Manager"; how do I access this to gain more data about my problem? What information about my computer do you need to know?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.