VIA PM900 mobo
160GB SATA HDD
XFX 8600 GT 256 DDR3 Video card
Windows XP SP2 Pro
As we are all playing CoD4 (18 computers on the LAN) two of the computers (at seperate occasions) have frozen up, and require a hard reboot to salvage. Computer #9 (on of the two computers) after about a week of doing this just stopped loading windows.
When I pressed C-A-D it showed services.exe consuming 500MB of memory (memory leak?) and the system was unstable with "Services and controller app has enccountered a problem and needs to close".
When it says this there are no timers that show up as in the sasser worm, and pretty much the computer slowed down to a crawl (nothing could get it to boot up).
After many attempts the HDD was formatted and XP re-installed. This did not help, as once the O/S was re-installed the problem re-emerged the next tims CoD4 was launched.
Shortly after the re-install #8 (the second computer) started to experience the same problem, but services.exe is not yet looking abnormal (spot checks on C-A-D show between 4MB and 6MB memory usage).
Both computers that are glitching come from the same vendor. Other computers from other vendors no problems yet. I have read about a glitch in PunkBuster that causes a memory leak, but I have also read that harware issues can cause the problem described, and was hoping to shed some light on this issue from either or and direction.