As of late my computer has been giving me some odd rebooting issues. I can run games fine, no issue at all. I can do general computing with no issues as well. But god forbid I go to install a program, a driver or a Windows update - my computer shuts down. No message, no error. Just reboots. This will happen randomly as well for no reason, but way less frequently. I pulled up the event log viewer and the most consistent issue seems to be an Kernel-Power Event ID 41. I checked out what MS Support forums had to say:
" An event 41 is used to report that something unexpected happened that prevented Windows from shutting down correctly. There may be insufficient information to explicitly define what happened."
This makes sense, because like I was saying I can re-create the issue 9 times out of 10 when I go to install an update or program, but then other times it happens for no reason. The support forum also said "An underpowered or failing power supply may cause this behavior." So I looked into this a bit, and quite a few places and people are siting the same thing. But my question is why wouldn't it happen when I am running a game? Why only when I go to install certain things? It's got me boggled at this point.
The computer is running cool, I have checked that. RAM seems to be fine as I checked that as well. My assumption is that it is the power supply, but I have no clue. My computer is about 2 years old at this point and the PSU was making some odd humming noises recently so my next step (without giving MS $100 to troubleshoot it in case it is a hardware and not software issue) is to buy a new PSU. Here is my current one:
The rest of my set up is:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66Ghz
ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
EVGA GeForce GTX 260
Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium SP1
If anyone could offer any help on the issue that would be great. And/or suggestions for a new PSU that would work with my current set up. I was looking at this one, but I didn't know if it was compatible: