Specifications: Processor: Intel Pentium D 830 (64 bit) OS: Windows XP Media Center Edition 32-bit Graphics: Nvidia 9600GT Ram: 4 Gigabytes Physical, 2 Gigabytes used by windows
Problem: After finally fixing the rest of the problems with the system, which all involved memory and a couple bad ram-modules which are all gone now. I have gotten Windows XP 32 bit (which came with the computer) working. I will be replacing the OS when I feel confident that the computer is working, because I will need to buy win7 64.
After running for a while doing something mildly-intensive the computer halts completely and nothing works, except maybe the mouse and anything on the screen that updates without using advanced graphics (it seems, I need to verify if it is only "simple" graphics or all graphics that work, "simple" seeming to be non-3d) I was lucky enough to have task manager working at one of the complete freezes and it displays 0 CPU usage. This number does not change no matter how long I wait, although the task manager continues to update it's information. During some to most crashes the mouse does not function either.
I will gladly supply any other information that may be required.
On a side note: it is completely possible that after it's many years of service, the motherboard could be done for. Of it's original parts all of it's ram and it's hard-disk have died.
Edit: I have done some diagnostics.
- Everything on the board LOOKS in perfect shape
- The processor has been inspected from under its huge heatsink to check if it has "melted" as, apparently, the 830 had problems with overheating to the point that they physically damage the chip.
- all drivers in windows have been verified and updated
- All cards have been verified to be correctly seated and working
i still have no idea whats wrong.