Flying Fox wrote:
Please, I beg of you, cut out all the bold, colour, italic crap. We can
read long posts fine. All the stupid colour/styling crap serves nothing but to distract us the
readers. Use them as little as possible please.
The following post is a really long one as you must have guessed, I have tried to include as
much useful information as I can so that you can understand the condition of my PC better.
I request you to inter connect the problems and your experience to give me an idea of the
possible hardware/software failures.
Thanking you in advance.
Geez Rahul..hard to know where to start except I can see you are having problems with
your font control
256MB of memory for Windows XP?
Hmm thats not gonna help much..ok when running small apps(like notepad) but with big programs
you are pushing it.
What kind of power supply unit do you have.(how many watts?)
Make: Mercury ----> (An Indian venture by Kobian)
Power: 300 Watts
Frequency: 50 - 60 Khz
Rahul appears to not be as well financed as some people. So, I'd say he needs very specific help
here. I mean, he's running a rather old skool machine there.
I'd back up all data to the 20MB drive and re-install the OS. I'd also try cleaning out all the
dust in the computer especially on the heatsinks. At this time it looks like a fresh install
would work the best. Disregard if you have already done the fresh re-install of the OS.
Thanks. Will definately try it.
Seems to be random errors. So PSU, memory and heat is the top possible issues I guess. Verify
the heatsink is correctly installed on the CPU, run a memtest to verify memory. And maybe borrow
a PSU from someone to test for that. Also check heatsinks on chipsets.
Else disk problems maybe, checked for virus etc too?
Exactly. "Random errors, not related to each other.
PSU - 50 + chance of making problems:
The power cables for CD Drive, Hard Disks etc have some problem. They work only some times and
that too only when we insert to a particular depth. I mean, I know the installation will work,
only if I switch on the PC, adjust the power chord to the hard disks and hear the sound of the
motor inside. Until the adjustment is made, the Hard Disk does not run and so BIOS does not
Again, a strong possible reason.
Thanks to my carelessness, once when I removed the fan, heat sink and processor; while I was
inserting it back. One of the four socket pins on the support of the motherboard gets locked,
So now my heat sink is only +/- 75 percentage in proper contact with the processor. Also I could
not find a decent Heat Sink Compund, I am using another substitute used for Micro Processors but
So, I dont know for sure, since I never had this issue before. The Processor getting overheated.
Now I am beginning to think, the reason why the computer shuts down randomly is because of this
overheating caused on processor.
But, the contradicting thing is. When I switch on the PC, some times it does not start. The
processor is definately quite cool. So I am confused at this point.
First of all Welcome to Techreport Rahul... i am Jigar ... where are u from
Looks more like .... one of the Ram stick is dying...... check the ram... run the system on
single stick see if the system is showing errors or not... and then start with the Heat sink.
Thanks a lot. This is a wonderful set of helpful people anywhere in the web. Honestly!
I am from India.
I will definately do the RAM checks and get back to you. Please do help me then.
I'll vote another one for "Memtest". In order to be effective, the test should be run for at
least 24 hours straight. It should show if there is an issue with the main memory or the cache
on the processor.
The next thing I'd do (if memtest passed with flying colors) is download the free utility from
the hard drive manufacturer, and then thoroughly test the hard drives, to check for errors.
Other things to check would be: bulging/leaking caps on the motherboard; checking the processor
heatsink (reapplying thermal compound); check thermal solutions on the north/south bridge chips.
Hope this helps (at least with the hardware side of things).
I am quite sure (40 PC) that one of my RAM is faulty. One of my friends told me. (What does
failing mean, does the ram fail gradually, I have never come across a bad ram, so i dont know.
Also whenever I try to execute a .exe file, the error regarding to inaccessibilty to so and so
memory locations come up. But I know that this can also happen, if Windows XP has some problem.
So, a bit confused. But probabilty that on RAM is faulty is very high.
The reason I can do the memtest now is. My computer wont let me burn CDs.
1. Computer restarts during burning with a blue screen.
2. The power chords to the CD Writer is a bit bad I think, the CD Drives functions only when it
wishes. So I doubt, the PSU is a cause. Still not sure.
Kobian KOB 845 NFSX (has Intel chipset and slot for VGA Card.)
This is also in a pathetic condition. An year before I was in a similar situation and the
computer would not even boot. I got the mother board repaired. It works, but perfomance has
degraded. And I wonder whether all the other problems reagrding to RAM, VGA Card (it gets really
hot at times),Hard Disk, PSU etc... is due to faulty Mother Board.
But, now I dont see any leaks.
I have not changed the CMOS battery for 4 years now. I know its time. But, so far there have
been no time lags or anything. But I dont know if it is causing any other problems.
Thanks a lot Charles. It did help me a lot. It confirmed that my guesses are some what similar.
Please do read this really really long post patiently if time permits, it has many points that
may suddenly click you with some important clues. That is why I am explaining it so much.
Welcome to the forums. It would be more helpful if you do not use the Enter key so much and
leave so much space in your post.
( mother board leaks, dust ??? )
By "leaks" did you mean leaking capacitors? Since you thought this may be a problem, have you
checked yourself? Just open up the case and look at the motherboard. Look here for some
You seem to be experiencing a lot of problems, it can be hardware or software (malware, bad
drivers, corrupted files due to bad hardware). It can be both too. You need to isolate the
variables. Like others have said do a back up first, then try removing most components and test
them one by one (even test with one stick of RAM too).
Thanks for the wonderful help. I will take care not to put many spaces in between. Please do let
me know if I did it carelessly. Appreciate your sincerity.
There are no leaks. But the board has been repaired once. (As in reply to the quote above)
Yah, I will try and isolate it.
Right now, I cant find a spare Hard disk on to which I can copy the contents of my present Hard
Disks. I have a CD Writer but its not working properly, due to this great set of inter-dependent
problems. (Reasons stated before).
So, I might just buy a new Hard Disk. Am planning a fresh install on that. I hope there wont be
issues with a new 160 GB 7400 RPM Disk in the current mother board. (Please do reply if you have
any idea about this.)
I have never been affected by it before.
But I noticed that all the links from Start Menu> Accessories > System Tools have been removed.
( I had done a few adware, spyware, antivirus tests and I remember having removed a heavy load
of things in adwares. I thought the reason for removal from Start Menu> Accessories > System
Tools was also dues to this)
Third the memory diags. And also check your temperatures. Running hard-drive diagnostics
couldn't hurt either. Do you have any other components laying around that you can test it out
I wanted to run everesthome220.exe. (For detailed system information including temperature) But
I was not able to.
Reason: Application Error.
Inside the box, error report is as follows:
is-3SU74.tmp - Application error
The System failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005).
Click on OK to terminate the application.
But, I will definately somehow find a way to check the temperature. BTW, in the BIOS the level
has been set at 70 Degree Cel. I am quite sure that, the temperature is being reached. Because,
when I touch it, the processor heat sink, the near by areas. The Copper plate in the VGA card
(Sis 695 Series. 32 MB. Not Fan cooled) is also quite hot. The hard disks are also quite hot
after a 3 hour working. I think this is when the computer restarts after the blue screen.
I cant believe that you have actually taken the pain to read so much. Its more like a reading a
boring new paper. But I really thank your effort. I have take a long, more than an hour, to type
out this comprehensive reply simple because I want to share the maximum I know about this
I hope you can inter connect the problems and provide me with a conclusion. Basically, which all
components are mal-functioning.
I will perform the tests which you have suggested and get bank to you as soon as possible.
With the information you have now, I request you to kindly diagonise the problem.
Its more like a Microsoft Certified Trouble Shooting Certificate exercise, please do help with
the available time you have.
It was a pleasure to come in such a wonderful active helpful forum. Please do keep up the good
work. Do let me know, if there is anything I can do for you..