Recently built a new machine:
P4 Prescott 3.0Ghz (not overclocked)
512MB generic PC3200 RAM (also not overclocked)
Radeon A9200SE 128MB G-Card
120GB SATA HDD
Everything has been going fine. From time to time I used to get a bsod with a message which I could not traced on the internet. It only appeared about four times in the last 2 months and after a re-boot everything went back to normal. I have recently got two messges regarding a corrupted file which, again, disappeared with no other indication of what was about to happen. Last thursday I kissed my baby good night, turned him off and when I tried to turn him on again the next day I got a message telling me that "\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\CONFIG\SYSTEM" is missing or corrupt.
I know this message can show up if there are hardware issues but I thought I will try and repair the Windows installation anyway. When I chose to set-up windows (booting up to the installation cd-rom) I got a bsod with "registry error" message. So now I am a bit stuck and very concerned. How will I know which bit of my hardware is failing? BIOS recognises all my components and there are no problem during POST. RAM checks OK. I know this is a realy thick question but could it be that my CPU has had it?Could the PC go through all these stages without the CPU (run fron the BIOS chip?).
I am relly worried. It is one thing replacing a memory module. The CPU is bloody £130 quids worth.....
Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated.