Computer Freezes

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  1. rastafari514

    rastafari514 Geek Trainee

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    I know there is another thread but the problem i am having is not the same ... or is it the same .. .sorry if it is .

    I am stumped. Dell Dimension 2400 256 mb / 80gb hd onboard video controller , onboard NIC , .

    When i try to install any software , Win XP , DSL ( Damn Small Linux ) Ubuntu the machine installs the software fine ( except for XP , it just freezes when it gets to the 39 minutes left part ) anyway the machine installs all other software packages that i've tried fine BUT when i reboot after the software package is installed the machine freezes and not always at the same spot , it is random.

    I've done the following :

    - Replaced the memory chip.
    - Replaced the HD
    - Replaced the power supply
    - Replaced the Keyboard
    - Replaced the mouse
    - Changed power cable
    - Replaced IDE cables

    - Ran Memtest on the machine with several passes , all turned out ok .

    Now i am thinking that there might be something wrong with the motherboard , which i hope is not the case , I have the Ultimate Boot CD but there are no utilities to test the motherboard on it , does anyone have any idea of what might be wrong or know of any motherboard utilities that i can download and run off a bootable CD or floppy disk ?

    Thanks
     
  2. Ghostman 1

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    First of all, 256 ram is not enough to run XP. you need 512 to 1024/1 gig...
    Up your ram then try installing XP..Also check your install disk for scratches ...
     
  3. rastafari514

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    tried that , had the memory at 512 and still the same thing , also tried installing from 2 different cd's one with service pack 1a and the other with service pack 2 still the same thing , disks are originals and no scratches , still does not explain the freezing problem ..... i am baffled.:confused:
     
  4. Dartht33bagger

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    I sadly am also using a Dell Dimension 2400 :doh:

    As for your problem my system would do that to me when I had my VIA raid PCI card in the system while it was installing. Do you have any PCI cards in it? Is this a fresh install (reformat and everything)?
     
  5. rastafari514

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    Have no PCI cards installed in the system , the reinstall is a reformat and start from scratch ..... really baffles me !

    THAnks
     
  6. Dartht33bagger

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    Maybe try a different CD drive.
     
  7. Ghostman 1

    Ghostman 1 Moderator Staff Member

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    If it is Freezing up art different points of the install , then it has to be a hardware problem.. I would try another XP install disk..
     
  8. rastafari514

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    Tried that still the same thing .
     
  9. rastafari514

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    have a feeling it is hardware related , tried another XP disk and still the same thing , anyone know if there is a good motherboard test program out there that i can run from a bootable cd ??

    Thanks
     
  10. BoBBYI986

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    have you tried the hard drive and cd rom drive on a different IDE port on your motherboard?
     
  11. rastafari514

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    Tried that also , still nothing, this one really has me stumped . Funny thing is i can install FreeDOS on the system and let it run for days without a problem ........
     
  12. Dartht33bagger

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    I would see if the HDD has any bad sectors. Maybe XP is trying to install onto a spot with bad sectors.
     
  13. rastafari514

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    the hard disk was replaced with a brand new one and still the same thing , also tried putting the old hard disk back in and the same thing happened ... i am stumped .
     
  14. Ghostman 1

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    Well at this point, It sounds like the Motherboard is your problem.. You might have to just try changing that, Then use all your new parts with it..
     
  15. BoBBYI986

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    Go into the bios and increase your Vcore slightly, CPU could not be getting enough power therefor causing the install to Freeze.
     

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