Re: Troubleshooting a failing system



Any ideas on how/what to check for in the PS? Last time I bought a new
PS from Fry's, when my machine failed with that installed I returned
the power supply to Fry's, but I think that is unethical since they
then had to mark the PS down to a lower price. Hate to have to do it to
them again.

I did run two different memory test programs (Memtest and a MS-based
utility) on all the memory (512M), and checked the individual memory
sticks to make sure they all reported the correct amount of memory
through the BIOS.

I'm very loath to replace the motherboard, since the Win98 I have is
the manufacturer's restore disks for the system and I'm not sure it'll
work on a new processor. As it is, after I replaced the HD, I found
that MS wasn't supporting Win98 anymore and I couldn't get the browser
updated or any security patches, hence I now run the machine in
dual-boot mode.

JAD wrote:
check the power supply (again)
remove any extra memory (leave 1 module in it)
what OS? check XP event log?

Computers do have a limited life time , NOBODY can (including johns),
predict when the end will be. 3 years, as some people would like you to
believe, is unreasonable.


<MPBrede@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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Hi, I hope it is OK to post this type of question here, if not, please
recommend a more suitable place. On the off chance that it is OK, I'll
post my question, but feel free to pass it by if it shouldn't be here.

I have an old computer - 850Mhz AMD. It is used to run games for my
kid. The system has become quite unstable and I've been upgrading it
piecemeal, first the HD, then the sound card, then the video card (I
stayed with older technology, nothing new or fancy). Then an extra fan,
then a wireless card to connect to the Internet. I also swapped out the
power supply (220 Watt) for a 340 watt, but the same problem. Finally I
moved all the components to a newer case with better airflow and more
fans, but my problem persists.

The problem is that for no reason at all the computer will die and the
only way to get it to power up again is to unplug the mains cord and
replug it after 10 seconds or so. This does not only happen when the
computer is in use, but also overnight when it should be doing nothing.
I suspect overheating to be a cause, but the new case has a thermostat
that I've placed on the heat sink for the processor and the temp never
goes over 43C (109F), so I don't think it is a heat problem.

Any advice on what I can look at or how to go about troubleshooting
this type of problem? I'm at the point where I'm considering swapping
out the MB and processor, but that means I have to get new memory, so
it looks like it will be more than $100 to do so.


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