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Windows XP Home crashes / Freezes

By baegis ·
My son has a p3 1.4gHz pc with 256MB ram. He had a lot of problems with his computer crashing intermittently. We could not find it so I suggested he buy another hard drive and do a fresh install. He did this but he is still getting the crashes. What should he look for. He has formatted the new drive with NTFS. It is a 120Gb Maxtor drive. His graphic card is SIS AG315-64 ? motherboard not sure I need to look at it.

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by KingOfTheNerds In reply to Windows XP Home crashes / ...

Hi,

Start by checking the capacitors on the
motherboard, for a period of time they were
testing a trial compond in capacitors and
unforutnately it didn't work out.

I have had this exact problem, on my
motherboard i had capacitors that were
expanding and leaking.

Look for a hard red dust on the top of the
capacitors, looks like rust.

If this is not it, i would suspect either the RAM
or CPU. If the computer is crashing within a
few minutes on startup then it is not
overheating.

Try replacing RAM and CPU. Also check your
powersupply, if it is 250 watt powersupply and
you only have one harddrive, cdrom and
basically standard hardware then it would be
fine.

Hope this helps.

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by husp1 In reply to Windows XP Home crashes / ...

Very good chance it's your ram. friend of mine had same issue when he bought a new card turned out he put his old and new ram cards in reversed.

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by cpudoc In reply to Windows XP Home crashes / ...

Have you checked the BIOS settings, it sounds as though the computer is very new, so set the settings to default and try again. the other recommedations about memory and power supply and video are very good possibles

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by imacarthur In reply to Windows XP Home crashes / ...

Ram - I've pulled my hair out on both XP & 2000 with this problem (several systems), verified it by installing win98 which was the only one to indicate a memory problem. XP & 2000 just hang. If you have another machine, swap the memory.

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by jgruhler In reply to Windows XP Home crashes / ...

Being a P3 my guess is that it didn't come with XP from the factory. When you installed XP or more specifically NTFS, you probably exposed a problem with your RAM. NTFS generally will have problems with generic grade RAM even if it is a name brand version. Almost every "Name Brand" company makes a generic grade version of RAM and most Computer Manufacturers used it until they started deploying XP. Try upgrading to a "Registered" grade RAM. Keep the old RAM. It's not neccesarilly bad, just incompatable. It will probably work fine in another machine with a different file system.

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