sudden crashes last two days - Win7 x64 eval system
Posted on 2011-03-10
This is my daily system, used for running all software. I'm used to wiping it and reinstalling every 6 months or so, as I'm always testing beta, RTM, or eval. software.
But, this is a series of crashes I've not experienced before in a new(ish) computer:
2x sudden reboot, no blue screen. Just goes to black and POSTs. Boots clean.
3x blue screen. Didn't see the first two screens fast enough. Third time (this morning) it listed JME. Rebooted fine.
Sager notebook with all drivers installed from OEM. 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GT 300M + Inel HD Graphics on-board
NVIDIA control panel software (3.4.772.04)
NVIDIA Graphics driver & PhysX software 260.99
Win7 x64 with SP1 included (not un-installable).
Office 2010 32-bit
Adobe CS4 suite
IE 8.0.7601.17514, FF 3.6.15, Chrome 10.0.648.127
LastPass & Xmarks installed in all browsers
All of the crashes so far have been while I'm working in the browfsers. I suspected Java, as one of the crashes was just loading Amazon site. But the last reboot I was downloading files from Kaspersky and reading a Wikipedia article...neither of which had big Java requirements.
I'm also crunching numbers with BOINC both CPU and GPU, but this rig has been doing it for months now with Win7 (before SP1) with no issues, no overheating.
Where do I start to trace the problem?
My first inclination is to uninstall Java and resume working without it for now. I'm sure there are some web sites that will break, but it's the best I can think of immediately.
Any pointers are appreciated.
NOTE 1: NVIDIA control panel now launches, but is not fully loading. Shows "(Not Responding)". Will try to uninstall and re-install.