|Thank you for the 3 replies so far.|
I have a fair knowledge of computers and I wasn't replacing parts "willy-nilly". The power supply had been making a few odd noises and sounding like the fan inside was slowing down and speeding up which it doesn't normally do so replaced that as a matter of course with a suitable spare one I had.
When it was starting up i did go to the task manager and the CPU usage was 100% but I assumed that this was because it was trying to load what it needs to.
I don't use Norton. Only Avast and never have any issues with it. It's fully up to date, i regularly scan the whole system for viruses and malware and nothing has been found, and Windows XP is on SP3 also.
There is no bulging or leaks on the board either.
When I suggested getting a replacement motherboard I meant as a bundle rather than stripping the CPU etc to bolt them onto another board.
I went into the setup and the temp was around 40c if I remember correctly but don't hold me to that one!
I know it's 5 yrs old and could only get 2nd hand replacement parts if required but I was wondering if I could fit a new motherboard, ie swap old for new. I know you can't fit any old motherboard into the space available so was wondering if anyone could recommend a suitable replacement.
I am UK based, in Merseyside
Once thing I did forget to mention is that the on-board sound does not work so after installing a new PCI card I can now hear system sounds only. However, if Windows XP is loading up or shutting down the Windows tune cuts off after 1 second. This also happens if I try to play an MP3 or MP4 file using Windows Media, Quicktime or VLC. The sound will play for a second then nothing.