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Certain Games hard rebooting Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by oknotko, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. oknotko

    oknotko Thread Starter

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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.
     
  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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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.
     
  3. oknotko

    oknotko Thread Starter

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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``````````````````````
     
  4. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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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.
     
  5. oknotko

    oknotko Thread Starter

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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.
     
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    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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  7. oknotko

    oknotko Thread Starter

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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.
     
  8. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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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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