Random Rebooting followed by Errors booting off windows CD's
Posted on 2004-04-07
After I finished playing an game and started surfin the net my tower shut down and started rebooting on me. It wasnt a proper shut down. It would black out like someone kicked the power cord then come back on the boot screen and load up again. It continued doing this numerous times. Then i started recieving blue screen errors stating the bios was not acpi(if i remember correctly) capable and to update the bios.
I assumed something with windows got messed up so I flashed the bios(was planing on it anyway to recognise my 200gig hd), then proceeded to format and reinstall windows. It was up and running fine for a good 4-5 hours then it started rebooting again, followed by the blue screens again.
Now when i put the windows disks in the drive too boot off cd it brings up errors when trying to load the setup on. With my XP cd it loads then says one of the files has been corrupted. With 2000 cd it pops up an error loading one of the system files from the cd.
I have pretty much assumed now that it is something hardware related since it started doing it again after format and clean install, and now with the errors trying to load off CD.
I did install a new 200 gig hd after my old one went bad, but that had been working fine for a good 2 or 3 weeks before it did this reboot, so I dont think it was installed improperly or bad to start with.
I dont have any other computer available to swap parts with to test them, so Im mainly wondering if theres anything obvious wrong that im not catching onto, or if theres any diagnostics software that will check the hardware via a boot disk or such.