Heres the story: a few weeks ago, while working on the house high-amps electrical appliances, the major breakers jumps, and the whole house went into blackout (my computer included).
Afterwards, I got multiple problems... XP restarting on its own, apps getting "fatal errors" after a couple of minutes of me using them.
I figured I needed a format anyway, so I did. It took me 4 times to install the OS correctly because I was getting errors during the installation.
When I finally got to windows, its the apps (Winamp and MSN messenger etc) that would take a couple of times before I can get through all the installation process (I was always getting errors that would just shut the installation down).
Im really thinking its a harware problem, probably related to the power failure in the house (but not sure).
Question is, how can I diagnose my hardware???
I figure its not related to the videocard, so it could be the board, the CPU or the RAM...
- CPU is Athlon XP 2400+
- RAM is one chip of 512Mb DDR (not sure of the speed but same as board, think its 266)
- board (will post it back, its from ASUS but not sure of model).
- Ill also post the temps/speeds tomorrow
I read about memtest86 in another thread, I dont know what it is. how to I make the test? is there anything else I can do to diagnose?
I do not have a spare RAM, I do have a spare CPU, but its a PITA to remove the heat sink... so I thought id ask first.