|Guys, need your help.|
I am having an old computer on my hands, with the following configuration :
Motherboard : i810-ITE8712
CPU : Celeron 1 GHz
RAM : SDRAM (256 MB *2)
HDD : 40 GB Samsung SV4012H
The computer is experiencing random hangs, and I am unable to find the cause behind it.
Motherboard is old, and the manufacturer's site is now available no more.. and the company too has closed down I think. So, I cannot get BIOS updates, motherboard specifications, drivers, nothing. I even had really hard time finding out which company the Motherboard belonged to. After researching on the internet for drivers, I came to know that it belongs to Lucky Star from Taiwan.
Thankfully, XP recognizes the drivers for all components, so that's not a problem.
I was suspecting the RAM. SDRAM is now no more available, and an year before, we had bought two SDRAM sticks, which are local made, of 256 MB each.
Which software should be used to test the RAM sticks? I have Memtest86, Memtest86+, and Windows Memory Diagnostic. I read on internet, and went with the last one. I ran tests on each stick separately with 3 passes of tests. No errors. I then put them together, and ran the tests again. No error there too.
Which tool should I use to test RAMs? How many passes should I use?
Since I found no error with RAM as per my method above, I turned my attention to the HDD.
The HDD has three modes :
1] Selective slave, for capacity less than 32 GB.
2] Selecting slave, for capacity greater than 32 GB, but without capacity limit.
3] Selecting slave, for capacity greater than 32 GB, but with the capacity limit of 32 GB.
I downloaded the manual for the drive, and even the manual gives conflicting details for putting jumpers. When I bought the PC home, there were no jumpers.
After reading the manual, I tried the second mode... PC hangs there too.
Then, I tried the third mode, feeling confident that this must be it. I formatted the drive making a partition for 20 GB, and installed XP on it, but just before it could be installed fully, the PC hanged again.
Now am really frustrated, and don't know what to do. Any other area, where I should be looking?