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Need a bit of help please no time to look

By clintonspicer ·
Hey guys, I need a little help on this issue

I am fixing a guys computer, it is a P4 3.6 GHZ Intel with 1GB stick of RAM 2 X 80 GIG Hard Drives and a VIVO capture 128MB Graphics card

My problem is this. Windows XP Crashed and wouldn't work. Straight away I noticed that under idle state the temp of the CPU was at 77 degrees Celcius (bloody hot), the shutdown was disabled in BIOS. I cleaned all of the **** out of the heatsink, took the old gel from heatsink/ processor and applied the silver gel. This dropped the temp to 35 - 45 under load, great I thought. Started up Windows still freezing half way through load (as expected).

I re-installed the origional XP installation using the same XP CD from which it was installed, worked fine. I then let it sit over night and no go again. This time the issue was different. I removed every bit of hardware in the thing replacing with known workers, eg ghosted the hard drive image onto a new drive, built a new image on another disc replaced RAM/ Video Cards/ Power supply, the whole friggin lot. Still I was getting random erros on boot. Stuff like freezes, restarts, not firing up video card ect. I even reset CMOS and replaced the battery on the mobo

My suspicions is that it could be the Main Board or the Processor fried. Have any of you had the same issue or similar, do you think it could be the MOBO or Processor? Any help would be appreciated

Clint

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I've seen a couple of Dead 3.6 CPU's over time

by OH Smeg In reply to Need a bit of help please ...

But in every case the Heat Sink has been full of rubbish and the protection circuitry has been set way to high for the CPU's own good.

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