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I don't see the Speedfan picture and it is beginning to sound like a motherboard issue but i will wait for the Speedfan results.
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I'll do my best to get the SpeedFan picture...if I can get the machine to boot to Windows XP again or consistently. That the biggest problem. If I can I'll post it...
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The biggest problem was getting the PC to boot to where it would stay on and I could then download, install and run SpeedFan. Finally able to do this and the first couple of times I ran it took forever for it to start. When it finally did the text box in the upper left corner (where the status messages are displayed) contained the following:

Win9x NO 64Bit:NO GiveIO:Yes SpeedFan:YES
I/O properly initialized
Linked ISA BUS at $0290
Linked VIA VT82C686 SMBUS at $EC00
Scanning ISA Bus at $0290
Scanning VIA SMBus at $EC00...
INFO: unable to use VIA686 sensors (bad I/O BASE)
Found WDC WD5000AAKB-00H8A0 on AdvSMART
End of detection

There were no pictures, graphs, etc. showing temperatures, volts, RPMs, etc. I was able to find the hard drive temperature (28C) which was in range for this device based on the report generated online.

Do I need to enable the sensors or does this indicate a bigger problem?
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So if I am reading this right you tested the memory and one stick was having a problem?
I also suspect a failing motherboard based on the info you provided above.
Speedfan has always provided a picture when it is running just like the one I posted.
How old is this system?

If you are using 128 meg sticks then it is probably at least 5 years old.
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When I tested the memory, all three sticks (128 MB each) were able to be tested but the system rebooted on one. There were no errors reported though so I suspected it was the original problem. I then ran the tests again and a different stick caused the same behavior. This was random as well for subsequent sticks. At this time the PC had been on for a while as well (sometimes when I allow the PC to remain off for a few hours or overnight it "seems" fine).

As for the system's age, the PC was purchased in September 2001...
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It sounds like you may have a motherboard starting to fail. I also don't see the speedfan post showing the temps and voltages of your cpu. Can you look at post 4 and reply back with the requested picture please.
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