I was getting really bad performance from black ops under WINE so I decided to give it a try under windows.
Well, when I booted to windows 7, I noticed alot of my stuff was out of date (I haven't booted into windows in at LEAST 6 months), so i started downloading steam, black ops, and the binary nvidia driver for my video card.
The thing that I noticed when I first booted into windows is that it said it didn't shut down properly the last time I used it. I didn't really care so I booted into the regular mode.
Well...10 minutes later my system shut off. NONE of the other stuff in my room went out, so I HIGHLY doubt it was a brown out.
When I got back into windows, i got a bunch of notices that some files on my system were corrupted and that I should run chkdsk. I just ignored them and went to download my stuff.
15 minutes later...my system just turns itself off again. At this point, I checked all the cables to my computer for damage, and replugged everything back in and just thought it might be something as simple as that.
So I start downloading my stuff again, and 20 minutes later it just randomly shuts itself off.
Now I'm not windows expert and its been ages since I did any real computer tech work, but how are kernel panics handled in windows 7 now a days? Do they still give you the blue screen of death?
I'm guessing that it's not a software problem since the entire system just turns itself off without any given notice.
I'm running chkdisk right now and it's taking forever. When I get back into windows 7, I'm going to check the event viewer for anything funny. I also turned on all my BIOS overheating and fan failing warnings.
The thing I find kind of odd is that I BARELY use windows at all on my computer and this has never happened to be before under linux. The ONLY time I ever boot into it, is when I need to run some engineering software or compile something in visual studio.
My brother is an electrician, so I was thinking I could get a multimeter and test the power supply to see if it's failing.
Anyway, my questions are...
1) This sounds like a hardware problem despite not happening in linux right?
2) I don't really run that many services on my computer (under windows). I do have a firewall and an anti-virus enabled, but that's pretty much it (aside from whatever services windows runs by defualt)
3) What else should I do to find out what the problem is?
4) What do you think the problem is?
5) Why would this not happen for years under linux, but when I boot into windows it does this?
Thanks for any attempt to help