Motherboard: MSI MS6378 v.1 (VIA KLE133 chipset)
Video/Audio: Onboard video and audio
(I was using a Sound Blaster Live! Platinum for audio, but removed it last week after recalling stories of SBLive not playing well with VIA chipsets)
Memory: 256 MB ram
Drive: Lite-On 48x CDRW
OS: Windows 2000 with latest service pack
Power Supply: FORTRON 300W P300-60PN (purchased in 2003 to replace the incredibly loud Deer PSU it had been built with)
Here are the issues I'm running into - I'm going on a hunch that these are all related somehow, but I could be wrong:
- I'm getting multiple BSOD's seemingly on a daily basis - usually related to tcpip.sys - STOP messages like "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA" or "KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED". I've run MEMTEST multiple times since first getting these errors, and it hasn't shown any errors. It's been a month or two since I ran CHKDSK, but I don't recall seeing any disk errors, either.
- Often, apps will crash on me - the whole "(application name) has encountered an error and needs to close" bit, with Dr. Watson writing an error log. Usually, they're memory-hungry audio applications like iTunes. Somehow, video doesn't appear to cause any issue - I use VLC regularly with little to no problem.
- Occasionally, when surfing pages heavy on embedded elements (like YouTube or MySpace), Windows will completely freeze. Three finger salute does nothing - I end up having to shut off the power supply for a few seconds then restart.
- Very intermittently, the PC won't POST. Power turns on, the light on my CD-RW drive lights up, and stays lit, but I don't hear the "beep" that tells me it's getting ready to boot. Shutting off the power, letting it sit for 10 seconds or more, then restarting seems to take care of this.
I've done the malware/virus scan as shown in the malware board (except for HijackThis). Aside from a few tracking cookies, it comes up clean every time, so I don't think this is a malware issue.
Can this system be saved?