Cannot determine what hardware is failing.

September 11, 2011 at 14:53:16
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Anthlon 64 X2 dual core 5200+
I need help to determine the exact cause of my computer failure. I have a HP Pavillion a1700n with and AMD Anthlon 64 X2 dual core processor that is about 4 years old, and within the last few months has been crashing, BSOD, and freezes while booting up, or booting up with sound or video driver errors. I have restored it to original settings and even changed the operating system from vista, to xp, originally thinking that the crashes were related to vista. Now the crashes are more frequent and flash has also begun to crash regularly or caused system crashes. Aside from thinking it was vista related issues I also thought it might be hard drive failure or the integrated Nvidia Geforce 8500, but now I'm thinking it might be the processor, any help is greatly appreciated.

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September 11, 2011 at 15:30:26

Try running a test on the ram using this program. It's hard to tell what's wrong at this point. I would disconnect everything from the machine except 1 stick of ram, keyboard and mouse. And of course the monitor. Boot it up and see what happens.The most common cause of computer failure is power related. If you have a spare psu or can borrow one, try that also.

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September 11, 2011 at 16:14:15
I doubt if the issue is the processor.

Memory errors are usually caused by corroded contacts. Snap each RAM module in and out 4 or 5 times. Check system temperatures and voltages using HWMonitor. Get it from the link below.

Also inspect the motherboard for bulging or leaking capacitors. Look at the link below to see what to look for.

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September 11, 2011 at 19:12:25
I agree with both above and also check for dust build up around vents, CPU heat sink, and fans which can cause overheating.
The two most likely are probably bad memory or overheating.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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