Posted 13 October 2006 - 11:49 AM
Just for the heck of it, I clicked on the second XP option to see what happened but it gave an error message. I then rebooted and let it go into the default.
Edited by Ramkzoo, 13 October 2006 - 11:49 AM.
Posted 13 October 2006 - 11:58 AM
If you can stand it
If it were me, I would use boot and nuke to clear the drive, it uses a more comprehensive system than the XP format and will usually clear problems with a drive. It will take an hour per 25 GB of drive size, if you start it to run overnight, you only need to replace the boot and nuke disc with the XP CD when you are ready as it will run and then wait for you to remove the disc.
You could run memtest first just to check as a memory error could also give an incomplete install
To completely erase all data on the drive(s)
Click this to download Boot and Nuke
Click this for a guide to using Boot and Nuke
Use the autonuke option, which could take 8 hours or so, then when you run Windows set up, check it is creating a RAW1 partition on C, if the drive letter is different, restart the PC and it should default to C
Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:04 PM
Anyway, I will have to follow your advice on Monday, as I am pretty much done in for today.
I'll post feed back once I've completed the Boot and Nuke, the second reinstall of Xp Prof, the updates, and retested for crash using the handy dandy Virus Scan.
Is it a problem if I run the Memtest over the weekend? (I won't be here to stop it.)
Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:42 PM
I will follow up on Monday to see if you have any suggestions on what to do with this information (Memtest).
Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:43 PM
I would be reluctant to leave a PC which has been crashing running unattended
Posted 13 October 2006 - 01:46 PM
Can you remove the soundcard, graphics card, leave a single memory stick in slot one, remove the USB leads for printers etc and run the PC with only the keyboard, mouse and monitor connected
Posted 16 October 2006 - 07:42 AM
Edited by Ramkzoo, 16 October 2006 - 07:42 AM.
Posted 16 October 2006 - 07:47 AM
You can remove the network cable
You could either run Memtest for an hour to see if it shows anything, or remove a stick of RAM
Posted 16 October 2006 - 07:59 AM
Question: I noticed that they (Dell) had the memory sticks loaded in every other slot, rather than side by side. Is this normal? When I add RAM on my own, I place them side by side.
Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:17 AM
Edited by Ramkzoo, 16 October 2006 - 10:17 AM.
Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:19 AM
Place them next to each other, see if it runs without disabling the onboards
Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:49 AM
Posted 17 October 2006 - 08:29 AM
Memtest ran without any issues or errors on both sticks independently. I replaced both sticks of RAM (slot 1 and 2, since I have small hands and good eyesight) and it ran trouble free for over an hour yesterday and 2.5 hours this morning. (0 errors both times) I am going to shut it down, perform the Boot and Nuke as you had instructed, reload XP and all its updates, and then I shall re-try the VirusScan. Cross your fingers that it all works!
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