please help....not booting

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matt101

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amd athlon 2000+ xp
160gb western digital hdd
usb external 320gb seagate hdd
i have windows vista ultimate build 6001 sp1
128mb geforce fx5200
512mb ram

the last few days my pc has been switching itself off.....bsod+rsod
then the pc will not boot.....it takes about 30 mins to get restart sometimes shorter and longer

i thought it could be temp probs
or memory

cleaned the heatsink and fans
cleaned graphics heat sink
removed all dust

made sure all is configured right in bios

any help appreciated
sooner the better
i might not beable to start it again:(

can anyone tell me what prog to get to do a full analysis
so i can post here
so maybe someone can help me
or let me know what i need to do to give the info you need

MANY MANY THANKS
MATT101
 

crjdriver

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There are a few things I would do.

1 Test your memory with memtest

2 Check your voltages in the bios. They should be constant and not fluctuate.

3 Open the case and give the board a very close inspection with a bright light. Many socket A boards were built with bad capacitors. Look for any bulging/leaking/discolored caps.

FWIW 512 of ram just does not cut it in vista. It works ok with 1gig however it works much better with 2gig of ram.
 

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One other thing. Does this system shutdown if you let it run in the bios?
 

matt101

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checked mobo for leaks discolored and worn circuits.....nothing
yes it does reboot in bios
sometimes canot get into bios......20-30 attempts....thats if im lucky
ill try memtest...and report back....if it dont shut down

thanks for your help
 

matt101

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looked for memtest...but dont have a floppy drive
anything else i can do
 

matt101

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used vista since beta test with 512mb...i know its not ideal
but only use pc for browsing...music and streaming to ps3...............not gaming or hungry apps
no vista areo running.....basic graphics
 

matt101

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doing a ram test with ...memtest
gettting errors........................memory errors detected copying between 4e54cf and 4e5416 did not result in accurate copy

memtest has detected that your computer cannot accurately store data in RAM
you need to fix this

8 errors so far....test still running?....hanging on 219%
 
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If you can try it one stick at a time, you can narrow it down. But it looks like you've seen your gremlin.
 

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With the system shutting down in the bios, it is a hardware problem. Here is what I would do.
1 Pull any add-in cards except the video card. Pull any nic, sound, etc type cards.
2 Disconnect any usb type device ie printer, scanner, hub, etc.
3 Pull power from ALL drives both hd and optical
4 Have just your keyboard and monitor connected to the system.
5 Boot the system and enter the bios. See if it reboots now. If it runs fine, then one of the devices you disconnected is causing problems. If it does not run fine, it is either the motherboard, power supply, ram, or lastly cpu. You would need to swap parts with known good units to troubleshoot.
 

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Opps just saw the last post. Looks like you have found your problem; either the ram or the board itself is failing.
 
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