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Test Hardware for failure??

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Don_P, Jul 13, 2007.

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  1. Don_P

    Don_P Thread Starter

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    I have recently installed xp after my system crashed. I found one of RAM cards to be faulty. I reinstalled XP but have my system restarts every so often, more so when I am installing applications but sometimes just randomly.

    Is there anything I can do to test motherboard/processor - I have ran a RAM test and it had no problems for the remaining memory card

    However, I noticed that if I were to put the RAM into one of the other two slots - the computer will not start up at all.

    I'm pretty sure this is hardware related - because of new xp install, but any suggestions to confirm?


    cheers
     
  2. bonk

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    How much Ram does the PC have in it now?
     
  3. Don_P

    Don_P Thread Starter

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    512mb - it did have a gig
     
  4. mclarenvj

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    maybe, one of your memory slots are damaged, i had this problem with compaq presario 6000 series...
    just that the pc lost power randomly
     
  5. bonk

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    could be a heat issue or maybe powersupply


    Check that all the fans are running including the powersupply one and that the inside is not clogged with dust.
     
  6. DefConDelta

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    Would this possibly be a mobo that requires 2 slots to be filled?
     
  7. Don_P

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    hmmm, i doubt it - it is a ga-k8nsnxp motherboard - comp works fine - now just seems to be when installing (processor intensive).

    I will switch power supply tommorow - see how it works

    thanks for advice - was playing poker in town - thats why i never got back sooner


    cheers
     
  8. kev1952

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    That's the first place I would have looked. What PSU do you currently have installed? You need at least a 500W supply (from a well known vendor) for the system to operate properly.
     
  9. Don_P

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    I have switched the power supply. It still has same problem. Generally, if i came across this, it would have been something I would have tried, but it was due to the RAM failures and then video card errors i received that caused me to reinstall windows. (is 500w)

    I cleaned the processor fan as well, it was dusty, I am going to try to repair install xp just now, dont know why, pulling at straws. Last thing i will try will be a new hard drive. If that dont work, then I think it will have to be junked.

    I'll try another power supply as well. Just wish I knew someone with a 754 motherboard - could test the processor.

    Cheers guys
     
  10. kev1952

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    The fact that you have problems with the other memory slots is a good indication that the mobo is faulty. The stick of RAM you said is faulty - did you test it on it's own in the same slot that the current chip is in?
     
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