V. Wierd Problem Need Help!!!!
Please bare with this, I know it is long but a lot of weird things have happen up to its death!!
The comp is less than 6 months old
AMD Athlon 64bit 3000+ Winchester 939 socket
1G Corsair pc3200 ddr400
Connect 3D Radeon x850 XT PCIe – only had since June 26th
MSI ATI RX480M2 motherboard
Hiper 525w 12v Low Noise PSU
Memory Card reader
120 G sata hard drive – C:\
Two 250G hard drives (Storage), one sata (not on raid), one IDE
Windows XP home
This problem started when my computer was on over night in which there was a power cut. Turned it on the next morning played call of duty UO online and noticed it started to lag after a while. Closed down cod and noticed my comp was being very strange:
• Could not open icons on the desktop, had to right click and go to open.
• When writing down the symptoms in note pad the icon where you’re writing was rapidly blinking
• When playing mp3, it was like it was skipping
• The strangest thing is the computer clock. A minute would tick away about every three seconds. It would get to around 03.45 and then go back to 02.35.
• Pressed Ctrl Alt and Del had a look at the performance and the CPU was going up and down from 15% to 25%.
It was like the computer went into overdrive
It would go back to normal when I reset the comp but would soon start again when I played a game.
Scanned all the hard drives using Norton Antivirus 2005. Nothing found
Scandisked the C:\ drive no problems
Re-installed the sound drivers and video card drivers. Still happened again when I played COD
A couple of times it would not start properly, it would not even show any thing on the screen or it would get to the Windows XP load up screen and would lag out
THEN!!! It appeared to have sorted it self out. Played COD ok and everything. Until one morning when I turned it on. Got into windows fine. But then went very slow, so slow that it had a hard trouble opening up a menu. Came up with a box saying that the VPU on the graphics card has recovered from an error. Reset the comp and then it wouldn’t start. Left it a bit, it started up fine, loading up windows fine and then it just cut itself out. Left it until the next day. Started up fine again until it got to the Windows xp load screen and cut out again. From then on it will not start.
I have my suspicions on the graphics card but would like some expert advice as I’m only an amateur enthusiast.