First of all, I would like to say thank you in advance, to anyone willing to take a crack at my PC problems. This is my first post, but by the look of things, Im confident I will get some much needed assistance.
About 5 months ago I purchased a computer from a friend for $150. Not the smartest purchase I've ever made, but I really needed one, and so I went against my better judgement. Everything worked fine for the first 2 months untill I purchased and installed a VisionTek 9200 Series Graphic Card by ATI technologies Inc.
Shortly after the video card was installed, my PC started restarting on its own for absolutely no reason. It doesn't shutdown or flash an error message. It just restarts as if I inputted the commands. Its completely random and without warning. I would love to be able to say I've tried everything to fix this problem, but the truth is my knowledge of the home PC is somewhat limited and I really dont want to make the problem worse.
Here are some specs that may help in solving my problem.
Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 2
Intel Celeron CPU
1.2 GHz, 512 MB of Ram
Hope that helps.
I also purchased 256mb of ram and installed it in my computer after I already installed the new video card. The random restarts began after the video card and before the extra ram, so I dont think its the memory.
I have tried updating the driver for the video card once or twice, and I have disabled the automatic restart function in advanced options and the machine still crashes. I have also (in my haste to fix my problem) downloaded the newest version of internet explorer, which is still in beta I believe, and uninstalled the version that came with the PC. Im not sure if this could be causing the problem, but it just doesnt seem logical to me.
Im really not too sure of what I should do, but taking the computer to some guy thats gonna charge me an arm and a leg is just not an option. What I want to do is just wipe out the entire hard discdrive and be done with it. Im not sure if this could fix the problem (maybe it the hardware) but I figure its worth a shot. Only problem with that is I dont have the windows xp recovery disc to reinstall windows xp.
I need to know if there is any way to fix it and stop the random restarts, or should I just start with a clean hdd. If I should wipe the hdd, is there any way that I can create a windows recovery disc? I have looked far and wide for a sloution and have come up with nothing. This problem is frustarting beyond measure and Im very tempted to just throw the whole thing in the street. (It has restarted a couple of times already)
I aapologize for the length of this post. Im just making sure to add everything possible. I have been looking for help for some time now to no avail.
If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated. and Im very grateful to anyone just willing to try.
Thank You very much.