I have a new Dell XPS with 2.2ghz, 500mb ram, ati 9800. Its on a LAN with cable. I installed 3d studio max and usually in about mid-way rendering an animation, the computer crashes. I try a network render using Vegas Video, and mid-way, the computer crashes. Some simple OpenGL games crash the computer. I get no messages; just a reboot.
When this started happening, I upgraded all the device drivers I could. I disconnected the network and still, 3d studio max crashes. I have applied all the software patches.
I am still using Service Pack 1.
I can run the same rendering on two W2k machines and the work fine. I tried running a memory test on the computer and everything tested successful. I dont know if the problem is hardware or software. Perhaps upgrading to SP2 would help, but everything I have heard says SP2 is not such a good idea for solving problems like this.
Can anyone suggest how I can narrow down what is causing the crash? I need any and all help. I have no more ideas for what to do, except to start buying new hardware until it fixes the problem... if it fixes the problem.