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I've been having problems with a pc for days now. I've tried everything I know to try with no luck.

PC Specs:
2.4 Celeron
PC Chips 925ALU Motherboard - Socket 478, 400/533Mhz system bus
256 Mb Ram
Onboard Video, Sound, LAN
52x CD-ROM
CD Burner

The beginning:
The pc would freeze after a few minutes of use. I tried to roll the pc back to a restore point months prior thinking that a conflict occurred with a windows update. - still froze

Next - figuring something with the OS or software was causing issues. I decided to format C drive and start fresh. I couldn't even format it before it locked. I took the hd out and put it in another pc - formatted no problem. I even installed Win XP Pro on it in the other pc fine.

I put HD back in pc - still locks.

Unhooked the cd burner - still locks.

Flashed the BIOS - still locks.

Purchased a new 512 Mb stick of memory and removed other stick - still locks. (at least I have more memory now)

Checks cpu fan - it's running the entire time so I can't see how it would over heat.

I tried to run the Mem86 pgm to test all the cache and memory. The program locks up before it can test. It gets to about 7-11% and freezes again.

I'm lost on this one and I'm about to go buy a new motherboard. Is this the answer? Is there anything else I can try before I spend the money?

Thanks for the help!!!!
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anyone...? I've spent hours troubleshooting this and I'm close to making this machine roadkill in front of my house.
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Could you post your temps and voltages from bios maybe this will give us a clue

You could also try and load the bios defaults because you changed the ram maybe theres a bios setting not right, I am not familar with that board or intel's settings so I will let someone else look into that but if the computer is not rebooting and the fact that memtest will freeze makes me think that its a bios setting off or a bad mobo or cpu.

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