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Weird Computer Crashes

Discussion in 'General Software' started by PVTCaboose1337, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. PVTCaboose1337

    PVTCaboose1337 Graphical Hacker

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    My new laptop is in my specs in the left. I have had a few problems with it, mainly the strange crashes with it. Here is how it goes:

    What kind of crash? Randomly, the computer's screen will shut off, and the computer will continue to function for 2 seconds (songs continue to play etc.), and then shut off.

    I can play Fallout 3 with no crashes so I have ruled out overheat. I have run memtest, so I have ruled out bad memory. I have run Speedfan for HD errors, and ruled that out. My main problem I would guess is Vista, but I am not so sure. I am torn between it being a hardware or software problem, but am leaning towards software. The laptop is an Asus N81vg.

    The most crashes I have had are when I start up Wolfenstein, the computer will crash before getting into the loading screen. I have had it crash a few times when I have run MediaMonkey, playing music, so I am quite puzzled. Throw some ideas out there!
     
  2. Castiel

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    Turn it on and let it sit there and see if it crashes without you on it.
     
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    What service pack are you using...sp1....sp2
    ***good question tigger****
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    Strange question,but its not oc'd is it?
     
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    +1 to castiel's comment...

    let it sit w/o standby for 24-48hours
     
  6. PVTCaboose1337

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    I am running SP2, but I had the same problems with SP1. It also crashes sometimes right after I login. And no, I did not OC it.
     
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    Perhaps some power management feature is shutting it down? Check through your options for power management in Windows and in your bios.
     
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    Yeah I checked that too, Asus had this weird power management stuff on it, I removed it.
     
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    I decided to update the drivers for my video processor in this laptop. I am running Media Monkey which crashed the damn thing in the first place. We will see. What concerns me is I can play as much Wolfenstein or Fallout 3 as I want (minus that Wolf CD weirdness) without event, yet something simple like Media Monkey will crash it. Strange if you ask me (I blame Vista). I also updated my bios on the laptop to the newest ones lately, but in the fix there was nothing saying that it had added anything except updates for Windows 7 compatibility.
     
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    Ok clearly nothing above did the trick, I just had it crash.

    Here was the setup:

    Media Monkey open, playing music
    Firefox open, browsing

    I then open the pictures folder, click the picture, the screen goes black, and the machine shuts off.

    That means to me it is a software problem (I blame Vista), but I am confused as to what would cause that.
     
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    Have you checked the system event logs to see if any errors are reported after a crash
     
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    Yes I have run through the event logs, and seen it failed to boot some symantec processes. I promptly used the symantec uninstaller tool so that is out. I get this weird error with language pack but I don't think that is the issue.
     
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    Maybe run chkdsk? Maybe something in the hard drive is boogered up.
     
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    check your services, maybe a service needs to go to manual instead of auto, or maybe something doesn't need run at all
     
  15. PVTCaboose1337

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    Ok when I ran a vanilla chkdsk, this is what came up... Diagnosis?
     

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    You hit the nail on the head! I ran a chkdsk /r and rebooted. It fixed that problem. Who knows if that is the cause of the crash, I will report back soon.
     
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    Well it does make sense. Not having the computer crash on the most extreme programs means there is a problem is some part of the HD, so that means maybe sector x and y were corrupted and only certain programs would trigger it.
     
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    UPDATE: Problem appeared to be solved, but is back again!
     

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