So, my computer started eating itself again last night.
I was copying files from a (badly scuffed) CD to my 640GB drive, while watching Star Trek Voyager (files saved on the same drive), and also downloading things to three different hard drives, and cruising about a dozen tabs in Firefox, when all of a sudden my computer froze, then rebooted. Considering my spread of activities, I didn’t think of this as particularly bizarre; unfortunate, yes, but when I pile up activities of that sort, an occasional crash (especially since I hadn’t rebooted in several days) is always a possibility.
So the system comes back up, and first thing I start doing is moving the files off the CD again to the same directory, before I move to restart Firefox and etc. when suddenly I find a bluescreen. Oh, yay. Oddly (at least in my experience), the screen stays up, so I take a few notes and restart the system, noting that I should not do that again.
At this point, I let it reboot into Fedora, which immediately upon starting up informs me that one or more of my hard drives may be failing. Quiet swearing begins. I open up the notice, and it tells me that in fact, my shiny new OS-bearing drive is one of the two that may be failing. Shit. The other is my oldest drive (apparently having put in 912 days of operational time for me already), which is where I store all my games and many of my other regularly-accessed files. Neither of these is the 640GB drive I was copying to.
I start up the scans in Fedora, and let them take a look, and overall, the drives pass. They’re running a bit hot, but aside from that, everything checks out, aside from a few bad sectors. Okay… In the meantime, I’ve run the codes I got from the bluescreen (which basically amounted to a STOP 0x00000050 Page_Fault_In_Non-Paged_Area Error), and it suggests that either there’s some sort of hardware conflict with the hardware, the HaxDoor virus on my system, or some sort of Kernel error. I’ve made no hardware changes lately, which means unless something’s breaking down, I’m going to write that off for the moment. Kernel error isn’t necessarily something I want to see. Ugh.
So I go back into Windows, check for the HaxDoor virus (find a questionable file which I have removed just for the hell of it, but it’s unrelated to HaxDoor) and get a clean bill of health. Okay. I run CheckDisk on both the drives that Fedora said might be failing, which requires a reboot so it can make the check before loading Windows. There goes the next two hours of my night. But looking into it, they repaired some damaged files, and patched a small number of bad sectors, but otherwise find no problems.
So I take the files off the CD, copy them to a different drive than the one I had been sending them to, and it works fine. I delete the files that had been copied prior to the crash. No problems there. I’m left wondering what to do next, or even whether anything needs doing.
Oh, for what it’s worth, the sudden reset did not register in my System Logs, but the bluescreen did. When I get home, if anyone’s interested, I can get more detailed info up.