yeah , got my buds pc and was gonna help him with his malware issue but ran into a boot up issue.
he claims it sometimes boots to the desktop, but ive been trying with no success, even with safe mode.
i get this constant message
i also noticed after i removed both ram sticks and placed them back. now i can only get to the os choice menu with 512 instead of 1g.
A good program for testing out the memory subsystem is Memtest86+. CHeck it out. You burn it to a cd or put it on a floppy. Let it run. It will not crash on memory problems. Just show you errors. Let it run for 12 hrs, if no errors show immediately. If any show immediately. Try to isolate it to a stick or socket.
Can you isolate it to one ram stick or ram socket? If it is one stick, more than likely that stick died, but first try rubbing the contacts on the dimm with an eraser to clean them off. If it is a socket, try blowing any dust and using a needle to clean any debris out of the socket.
If it doesn't, you would be looking at a mem system failure (which can be PSU=rare but a slight possibility that ram voltage is droppign too low or a motherboard failure=more likely).