It's a self build Core2Duo 8 GB workstation used as a 24/7/365 server, started in 2007. Installed Windows 7 on February 2010, running flawless till last week. Nothing specials happened / installed last week. Last weekend I notices video freezes (played over the network to a laptop).
I thought to update the already downloaded 18 updates, end rebooted with a real power down. Still freezes, system restore to a point before all those updates, still freezes. Rebooted again, started to check with a Ping what happens, the ping times out for 1 to 3 times. The it comes back, the event viewer isn't giving me any clues besides the 'regular' errors I always encounter (for months now). I suspect:
- hardware failure , perhaps memory, maybe not because corruption should occur
- Root kit / Root Virus , it's used as a server for 4 months now (no keyboard, no screen) only 'normal users' with no admin right log on sometimes. So I expect it won't is a virus / root kit
- driver failure / stall
I almost gave up after using Google, then I stumbled on "Tom Wijsman" he can see something when sending a trace, created just after the freeze / stall. So I hope he is willing to take a look at it, my trace.
I'm already thinking of taking some day's off to re-format and re-install Windows 7. But now I'm hoping Tom (or someone else) can pinpoint or direct me in the direction to disable / replace a driver / service / something else.
For more info on what I found from Tom Wijsman check his procedure.
Best Regards, Tom