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Thread: Random crashes in windows xp pro

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    My parent's computer keeps randomly crashing.

    The machine's specs are
    Intel Pentium 3 1.0GHz
    256 PC-133 SDRAM
    70 GIG 7200 hard drive.

    I don't know much about it, because it's not mine.

    I evaluated the situation once already, i checked xp's logs and decided it was the video card hench, the driver crashed, so i updated them, Continues to crash, so i removed the video card. whcih is a ATI RADEON VE (7000?). I installed SP1, and some other updates. Installed Diskeeper ([email protected] Defrag application) Defragged Ultra heavily fragmented hard drive.. and Now they are using there onbaord video, and there are still crashes.
    and there cpu runs at about 125 f

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    Nov 2001
    New England Highlands, Australia


    Details on the mobo like make and model would help plus whether the mobo has a BIOS version compatible with XP. Also 125F (about 54C) is very hot for a PIII so when was the last time that it had the dust bunnies cleaned out of it?

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    Well see the stock hsf combo, the clip broke while switiching motherboards. I would think the bios is compatible with xp, because i use to have xp pro running on my old intel pentium 2 333Mhz. But the cheap (temporary) hsf i put on it, had it runnint at 145f and i told them not to leave it on, unless they were using it. Because i don't want the core to fry and Me get into trouble. So they went to RadioShack(hobo's) and bought a HSF there.. it didn't come with thermal grease, but had a little pad type thing that like helped glue the core to the hsf. The motherboard is a Abit SL6. I've looked at the Bios updates, but i think they have all of those. Windows displays a blue screen with the info, but the computer just instantly restarts before you can grab a chance to read it. I want to get there computer 100% fixed, so they won't have any doubhts on technology.

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    go to your system properties in control panel and from there to advanced tab.
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    click ok and restart.
    now it will show you the BSOD. write down the error and post it here.
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    I'll have to get to it, i need some one to remind me when they get home, so i don't intrude.

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