Sometimes the computer screen will suddenly go black, and I hear 2 loud beeps (about 1 to 1.5 seconds long each), and then nothingness. The computer is still on, fans running, but that`s all. Restart the computer, and same 2 beeps, followed by nothingness. Unplug computer, check connections, unplug/replug power supply, HD`s, etc., and turn on computer...it starts without a hitch (sometimes). Othertimes, I have to repeat the process a few times before getting it running again.
Sometimes, when it would restart, it would say, "windows has recovered from a serious error" or "system crashed due to overclocking." I`ve never overclocked it, but I checked the heatsink and it had a lot of dust, which I cleaned out (could the CPU have gotten too hot due to the dust, then thought it was overclocking?). Everything ran fine for about a month, when suddenly, the same thing happened again with the crash and 2 beeps. However, after cleaning the heatsink, I no longer get the overclocking message once I finally get it to bootup. Everything will be nice for a few days, and bam! It happens again. Sometimes, when I turn on my computer, I hear the usual short "beep!" and then nothing but a blank screen, with fans running. I have no idea what it is, but I`m suspicious of the power supply, cause when I turn off the computer, I always hear a kind of loud high pitched whining noise coming from it (this is after the computer is completely turned off). When I unplug the supply from the wall, the high pitched noise dies out.
Some more info on this system:
Motherboard: Future Power FP-VA694+
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00 PGN
Power Supply: Hivision MAX-300P (300W)
(I couldn`t find any info on this one except for a post by a guy who said it blew up in his system one time!)
RAM: 128 MB SDRAM 133, 64 MB SDRAM 133
IDE Primary Master: WDC WD1200JB-00DUA3
IDE Primary Slave: Maxtor 33073H3
CPU temp: 30 C/86 F
System temp: 26 C/78 F
FAN 1 speed between: 3581-3723
I`m a bit of a beginner, but I want to learn more, so any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, and sorry for the long post!