I've had a problem that has popped up recently:
Sometimes while in a game.... or even playing back a web video.... my system will completely freeze and the sound will loop. No BSOD. Just frozen and unresponsive with looping sound.
I eventually hit reset and reboot and get the boot-up message that Windows did not shut down properly. I continue on, Windows restarts, and no mention of the lockup.
I use Event Viewer to read the system logs and the only thing I find is an Error line from the reboot that says Windows shut down unexpectedly.
I can't find anything else to help me diagnose this as it seems that this lockup is not even giving Vista a chance to write something to the logs.
Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this one?
I even went back to a restore point from about a week ago.... WELL before I was having this problem.... but it remains.
Thanks for any guidance on this one,