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Ok I've had this problem for a long time now, and i've tried so many soultions that all have not helped. I'll be running any type of program (whether it be AIM, openoffice.org, Mozilla, anything) and it will just randomly close out of no where.
This problem started when i was on windows, i kept blue screening every 5 mins so i was fed up and went to linux. i completely reformatted the harddrive and installed mandrake linux 9.2. The problem still was there, but linux is more stable so at least i can write this before it crashes. I've tried differnt memory cause i thought it was memory issue but that didn't help still. And I've replaced hardrives and that also did not help.
The only thing i can think of is that i either have a virus in the BIOS or my motherboard is bad, whats the chanches of this? any other options to try.
sorry for mispellings i have to move quick before this crashes,
Was there any significant event you can remember around the time these problems started?
Firstly I'd check the battery on the motherboard, you might be able to do this from the BIOS setup program. Does this crash too?
Also, see what your CPU temperature is, as this is a major cause of instability. Overheating is most often caused by a dead fan.
Thirdly, do you have any appliances that might put spikes and noise onto the mains supply? Reactive loads with defects are a common culprit, flickering flourescent lights, motors with worn brushes, etc... These spikes and noise, called EMI and RFI (ElectroMagnetic Interference and Radio Frequency Interference) can, if at a high enough level can cause computers amongst other sensitive appliances to malfunction - do any other of your mains-powered electronic appliances suffer from such instability?
yes i have checked the temperature of the processor and the case temp. everything was reading fine and all fans working in good shape.
Now battery on the motherboard? never knew of such thing haha. I'll do my best to check this out and ill report back to you asap when i find out anything.
and for the third thing you mentioned, all other appliances are working well within the computer room. this problem seems to affecting the software/operating system of my computer. I mean it's not something like the power supply going out or anyhting.
Right, you can try to clear the CMOS RAM, but you'll have to go back into your BIOS to to make any changes you might have made before (after clearing the CMOS, all your BIOS settings are restored to their factory or default settings.). To do this you need to find a small pin jumper on the mobo, it should be labelled "clear cmos" or similar (the manual for your mobo will show you where this is). There's usually three pins with a jumper connecting the centre pin to one other, to clear the CMOS you need to move the jumper so that it connects the centre pin to the previously unconnected pin. But remember to disconnect the ATX power lead from the mobo, or pull the mains lead and wait ten seconds or so before doing this else it won't work.
Well your not gonna believe this. I ended up exchanging motherboards with my friend who had a similar mobo. Anyway i put it in and my computer blew up. A large spark went off and then just smoked all over. I tried putting a new PS in but that didn't help so i know the MB is shot.
I just hope my cards are ok and they didn't get damaged.