Booted from the WinXP Pro CD, deleted HD partition, reformatted drive, and installed windows. Even with a fresh windows install, I still get random software and system crashes. So I thought maybe it was a problem with the BIOS settings from futzing around before, so I started over and reinstalled after restoring proper BIOS settings. Same thing. It even caused random errors while installing drivers disks.
So now, I’m done with software issues, it MUST be hardware, right? I mean, everything worked fine for months, now the whole system in unstable no matter what I install.
I’ve flashed the MB BIOS with the latest version, and reinstalled XP, still crashes. I’ve turned off quick boot to enable full memory tests, no problems detected. I’ve watched the hardware monitor both software through windows and through the BIOS screen and no overheating. I’ve tried taking out everything not necessary for system install (network card, second HD, second CD drive, etc.) and still no hope.
So, if it a problem with the CPU, motherboard, or memory, how does one test any of them without having spares. For an online store that I ordered them from to send me a second part for my test purposes is an unreasonable request. So what do I do?
AMD Athlon FX-55
MSI K8N Neo4 SLI Platinum
Crucial Ballistix 2GB kit (1GBx2) DDR PC4000 • 3-4-4-8 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR500 • 2.8V • 128Meg x 64
Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB Hard Drive (Serial ATA-150, 10,000 RPM, 8MB)
Leadtek Geforce 7800GTX TDH 256MB 2DVI/VIVO PCI-Express Video Card
Pioneer DVR-A09XL Dual Layer DVD±RW Writer - Silver (16x/4x/16x DVD+RW, 16x/6x/16x DVD-RW, 6x DVD+R DL, 40x/24x/40x CD-RW)
Antec 550 Watt EPS12V SLI-Ready PSU