Certain Games hard rebooting Windows XP

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oknotko

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2200+, x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 131061 MB, Free - 5068 MB; E: Total - 174181 MB, Free - 3544 MB; F: Total - 76297 MB, Free - 1382 MB;
Motherboard: , KT600-8237
Antivirus: None

Hi Guys,

I'm having some trouble running old games that I just installed. They are Empire Earth 2 Gold and Stronghold 2 Deluxe (both 'Sold Out' software published) and they both installed and loaded fine. Yet, after some time (about 5 mins with Empire Earth) the screen goes black and the PC reboots instantly, no blue screen, no error messages. Then XP goes into disk checking mode (doesn't find any bad sectors). This only happens in other applications very rarely, say once a month. I seem to remember other games having this problem but these are the only two I have tried lately.

I had the Yorkshire Police ransomware about six months ago which was removed (with some effort) and didn't appear to lock any of my files like it's reported to do. I've run various malware software after this and never find any trace of it so I assume that's gone.

I've updated the NViDIA drivers.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
 

blues_harp28

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Hi, download Security Check by screen317
http://screen317.spywareinfoforum.org/
Save it to your Desktop.

Double click the install icon.
A command Prompt window will open.
Let it scan the Pc - press any key when asked.
It should now open in Notepad - and will save a log called checkup.txt.
Post the result of the scan here.
 

oknotko

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Thanks for the reply -

Results of screen317's Security Check version 0.99.57
Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86
Internet Explorer 7 Out of date!
``````````````Antivirus/Firewall Check:``````````````
Windows Firewall Enabled!
ZoneAlarm LTD Toolbar
`````````Anti-malware/Other Utilities Check:`````````
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware version 1.70.0.1100
CCleaner
Java(TM) 6 Update 37
Java 7 Update 11
Java(TM) 6 Update 4
Java(TM) 6 Update 5
Java(TM) 6 Update 7
Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.146
Adobe Reader 8 Adobe Reader out of Date!
Mozilla Firefox (18.0)
````````Process Check: objlist.exe by Laurent````````
`````````````````System Health check`````````````````
Total Fragmentation on Drive C:: 19% Defragment your hard drive soon! (Do NOT defrag if SSD!)
````````````````````End of Log``````````````````````
 

blues_harp28

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You do not have an Anti-Virus program installed.
Avira Free Antivirus
http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus
Avast!
http://www.avast.com/en-gb/index
Microsoft Security Essentials.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials
Download an Anti-Virus program - update and scan your Pc.
Only one Anti-Virus program is needed of course.
------

Download MalwareBytes and SuperAntiSpyware to your desktop.
Download the Free versions of both programs.

MalwareBytes

SuperAntiSpyware

Once they are downloaded to your desktop.
Close all open browser windows.

MalwareBytes
Click on the Install icon - allow it to update during the install process.
Start Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
Click on Scanner > then quick scan > then Scan.
Any infections or problems will be highlighted in red.
After the scan is finished - Click - Show Results.
Check that all entries are selected.
Click - Remove Selected.
You may be prompted to restart to finish the removal process.
If Yes - restart your Pc.

Start Malwarebytes again.
Click on the Logs Tab.
Highlight the scan log entry.
Click - Open.
The scan log will appear in Notepad.
Copy and paste it in your next post.

SuperAntiSpyware
Click on the install icon - allow it to update during the install process.
Select the Quick Scan option.
Click Scan your Computer.
Any infections or problems will be highlighted in red.
After the scan is finished.
Click Continue.
Check that everything is listed.
Click Remove Threats.
Click OK - then click Finish
You may be prompted to restart to finish the removal process.
If Yes - restart your Pc.

Start SuperAntiSpyware again.
Click View Scan Logs.
Highlight the scan log entry.
Click - View Selected Log.
The scan log will appear in Notepad.
Copy and paste in your next post.
 

oknotko

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Hi Blues_harp,

Thanks for the replies so far. As to your last post.
1. Installed Avast (Did have Avira but slowed my PC down too much). - Full Scan detected zero threats.
2. Malwarebytes -
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70.0.1100
www.malwarebytes.org

Database version: v2013.01.18.05

Windows XP Service Pack 3 x86 NTFS
Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.13
Paulo :: BUDDHA [administrator]

18/01/2013 11:59:26
mbam-log-2013-01-18 (11-59-26).txt

Scan type: Quick scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 206754
Time elapsed: 16 minute(s), 47 second(s)

Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

Files Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)

(end)

3. SuperAntispyware -
SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Log
http://www.superantispyware.com

Generated 01/18/2013 at 01:50 PM

Application Version : 5.6.1014

Core Rules Database Version : 9892
Trace Rules Database Version: 7704

Scan type : Quick Scan
Total Scan Time : 00:32:03

Operating System Information
Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit, Service Pack 3 (Build 5.01.2600)
Administrator

Memory items scanned : 496
Memory threats detected : 0
Registry items scanned : 32916
Registry threats detected : 0
File items scanned : 8755
File threats detected : 0

4. I defragged the main drive.

What else would you recommend?

Thanks.
http://forums.techguy.org/members/167559-blues_harp28.html
 

flavallee

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2200+, x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2047 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400, 64 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 131061 MB, Free - 5068 MB; E: Total - 174181 MB, Free - 3544 MB; F: Total - 76297 MB, Free - 1382 MB;
Motherboard: , KT600-8237
1. A single core processor running at only 1.80 GHz (n)

2. A graphics card with only 64 MB of video memory (n)

3. A too full hard drive (n)

4. Unknown power supply wattage :confused:

That old computer is NOT designed for gaming.

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oknotko

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Yes, it's not designed for gaming but we're talking about games from 2005 here not Farcry 3. It used to be able to run them fine, just wondering why it wouldn't now.

Also - the main hard drive has 25GB free now.
 

flavallee

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How long have you had that computer, and has a clean reinstall of Windows XP ever been done in it?

What's the description and wattage of the power supply?

Is that computer using NVIDIA integrated graphics or an actual AGP video card?

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