I've recently bought a brand new PC from a private computer shop (P4 3GHz, 512Mb DDR, 80Gb HD) and as soon as I turned it on I pushed in my Windows XP and started setup. All went well for about 10mins till it freezed. I restarted it and similar things happened. The computer either freezed or a blue screen came up and said
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer
(capital letters blurb changed to other equally unintelligable things on different attempts)
I kept repartitioning and formating the system as the time of freezing seemed to be random and eventually the whole setup completed the way through and windows started. Great I thought..
Sadly, as soon as I started a setup for another program (Norton Antivirus) it spontaneously restarted. Spontaneous restarting became a bit of a recurring theme in Win XP whenever I put the machine under any stress. :mad:
Not to give in easily, I reformatted and tried my old copy of win 98. It installed more smoothly (only second attempt) and loaded. This time instead of restarting it has a habit of either freezing or having OE exceptional errors (blue screen) forcing me to restart.
Having exhausted possible software faults I'm pretty sure its the hardware. Just not knowledgeable enough to put the blame on a particular component. My ignorance points me at some dodgy RAM (seems to be a little damage on two of the pins). Could this be the problem if not any suggestions would be very welcome.
Thanks for reading, and any assistance. joister