I apologize if this is in the wrong forum, as I do not have a BSOD. However, it's still a system crash which I need help diagnosing, and I did not feel there was a more appropriate sub-forum. Kindly state so if there is.
I have a basic, stock HP Pavilion m8109n
PC. I moved about a month ago and out of no where it started randomly shutting off with NO BSOD
, most commonly when I'm watching a movie, browsing the internet, or doing any day-to-day tasks
. I'm fairly familiar with all things computer, but not having any BSOD to work with inhibited me from easily diagnosing the problem. I did a clean install of Windows
, but it kept crashing. I assumed this meant it's the hardware.
My first thought was heat. I checked the temperatures on all the sensors—everything from a cold start to seconds before it crashed—but all the temperatures were within range
, even under heavy load. It doesn't seem to crash as frequently or at all when I leave the computer idle; it only seems to crash when I'm doing something on it. But assuming the sensor readouts are accurate, I moved on. The only way to successfully reproduce the crash is to plug in my D-LINK USB Wireless Network adapter.
I have no idea why this causes it to crash, as it happens with or without software/drivers
installed, but it does. I figured this might mean it's the power supply. I bought a new one, plugged it in, but the crashes still happened. It wasn't the power supply.
This leaves me confused. I've exhausted all knowledge I have about computers. I don't have the finances to buy a new computer, so I really need to diagnose this problem. Does anyone have any ideas of what I could try next? Anything helps. Thank you very much!