If things had been going smoothly, you would be watching a new Chrontendo right now. If I had my way, you'd be watching Chrontendo 45 while sitting on a throne made of the bones of your enemies while their women lie at your feet, offering you up a flagon of mead. Sadly, this is not to be.
Chrontendo Episode 45 is completely recorded and edited, but starting a couple days ago, my computer was struck with mysterious symptoms. All of a sudden, I'm experiencing repeated crashes. Well, not technically crashes, but rather freezes. These generally happen when I'm performing an action such as opening a new window in Firefox, saving a file, etc. My mouse will still move but any open programs freeze, and no new programs can be opened; Ctrl-Alt-Del does not function, and I have to hard reboot using the power button on the PC. Generally, I can use my computer normally for around 5-10 minutes before this happens. (For example: everything froze while writing this post, when I hit the "save" button in Blogger.)
I've run virus checks, popped in the Windows repair disk (which finds no problems), and did a system restore - but no luck. I do notice that Windows is starting taking a little while longer to load up now. Monitoring the CPU doesn't show any unusual activity or temperatures. At this poing, I have no idea whether the Windows install is damaged in some way, or if it is due to a hardware issue. I was wondering if the problem might lie with the memory or the hard drive (though I haven't found any data on the hard drive that can't be accessed.) If it's not one of those things, how do I narrow it down further? If it were the CPU or motherboard, how could I tell?
I was planning on duplicating my hard drive and seeing if things work normally from a new drive. In the meantime, I'm still trying to render the video. I'll hopefully have Episode 45 up tomorrow on Youtube. The Archive version will be a secondary priority.