Yea, that computer I typed on yesterday, that a select few of you were actually able to communicate with me? Fuggedaboutit, decided not to turn on today and was promptly beaten severely by the cloest blunt object I could find. So I ventured upstairs to try and figure out exactly what the fuck was wrong with my computer. While I might use the lingo, I am by no means what one would call "computer-saavy", so I decided to open the case up, take my camera, and videotape the inside of the tower, in the hopes that it might catch something at the point of malfunction, which would then lead me to the exact problem. Of course, I can't really upload a video right this moment, so I'm going to do my best to basically describe what I did and what occurred.
First, turned it on, loaded Windows XP, everything seemed to be okay. I wonderered that maybe it was the cpu or memory or something, since it would work for x amount of time and then just fuck up completely as if it was being pushed past the limit. Note however, that I checked the system diagnostics and neither one seemed to be performing at or near 100%. So I was running spyware scancs, try to do a disc cleanup, when the computer just shut down. Now, I don't mean powered off, because the power supply was still on and audible, but there was just a black screen on the monitor for about 5-10 seconds, until it restarted on its own.Brought up the "weird shutdown, choose startup mode", and I chose to load Windows normally. I tried to resume where I left off, but then it happened again, lasting even less this time. At this point I just sat back and watched as it constantly restarted itself, only to fail during the startup process and relive the entire ordeal again, like some bizarre mix of Tron and Groundhog Day. It got to the point where the black screen was lasting longer than the attempts to start the OS, so I mercifully turned it off and commenced typing this up to hopefully get some input(doing this on the wii, in case you're wondering). I've all but given up on understanding why this is happening, so I'm just telling as much of this as I can, hoping that someone will see something that my inexperience doesn't show me.
This is what the computer's got, to the best of my knowledge
2.08Ghz AMD Athlon(not 64 bit)
2 512MB DDR DIMM(just copying what's on them) RAM cards
ATI x850Pro 256MB AGP video card, and the monitor is connected through the DVI output, if it makes a difference
400W Dynex power supply(upgraded from a 350, and a 300 before that)
Samsung DVDRW drive
Generic CDRW drive that came with the computer, doesn't really work or get used
SoundBlaster PCI soundcard
2 rear fans, one of which doesn't spin properly because the fan seems to be misaligned and keeps hitting the top part of it's holder-thingy, one side fan
Other than all this, just a random 3.5" drive
Also, the restart thing also happened when I tried starting Windows in both the "last successful configuration" and in safe mode.
That's all I've got, if anyone has any input, it'd be appreciated, and if you have more question or need more details, fire away.
Also, does anyone know if you can charge an ipod through the usb ports on either a playstation 2 or a Wii?