Sorry about the long post. I have no idea where to start with this problem so I will just say everything ive experienced with it.
About 2 weeks ago my computer started acting up. It was having spurts of massive computer work during a game that shouldnt have required much processing at all. It would freeze the game for a minute or two then either crash or allow me to continue playing. Then a few days ago I woke up and my computer had been restarted. Two days ago I came in and there was a blue screen that mentioned something about my computer had to be restarted due to a fatal error.
Today it has been constantly freezing (kind of. Like I explained before its more like its just really trying to load something. The lights on my tower are flashing, making alot of noise..when im not even really using it) and very long start up times (very long as in 10+ minutes to get to the logon screen. Then another 5 + to get windows up). I was watching the task manager to see if any process came up that would explain it, nothing. I watched the performance tab, and there was no jump. No sign that there was any more activity than usual.
I have ran spybot and adaware. My system is clean from that side. Runs at normal speed if its not freezing during normal operation.
I have a 4 year old system with windows xp pro sp3. It has 3.4ghz speed and 2gb ram. Ram is about a month old. The Ram ran perfect for a while.
In fact there was slight freezing during a more intense game before I bought the ram, but I contributed that to the RAM(computer was calling for it, all the ram and the majority of the PF was being used for the game), hence the buy. And the problem did go away for a small while.
To my question, what is going on? I feel like it couldn't be the RAM.
Also on a side note my USB ports stopped working bout 2 hours ago. Still have power but wont work the mouse or detect anything. I feel like it could be from failed attmepts to fix the problem.