Clean the machine like you see at http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html then remove the CPU HEAT SINK, wipe of the old heat sink compound, apply fresh, button it up and for a test run leave the cover off.
Need some help here. I have exhausted all of my meager skills on this one. I had "upgraded" my parents new computer a few years from Vista to XP Professional. It had ran fantastic up until a month ago.
They would turn it on and within 3-10 minutes, it would lock up and cause whatever graphics that were on the screen to go jagged and diagonal on the screen. I initially thought it was a graphics issue and purchased a basic PCI-E nVidia card from Best Buy. After getting that installed, the issue still remained the same.
I disables all the unnecessary hardware and drivers in the Device Manager and also removed all the recent programs and updates using the Add/Remove utility. Still no luck... and it was locking up in Safe Mode as I did all that.
During all the times I had to restart and troubleshoot with new hopeful fixes, I had this error come up two times:
C:\DOCUME~1\Frank\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER8216.dir00\Mini100111-02.dmpC:\DOCUME~1\Frank\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER8216.dir00\sysdata.xmlBCCode : 9c BCP1 : 00000004 BCP2 : 8054E5F0 BCP3 : F2000010 BCP4 : 00010C0F OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 256_1
Next I just scrapped the whole troubleshooting process and purchased a new hard drive to install. I was even experiencing lockups during the quickformat and install process. But after getting the format and install complete... I got this blue screen error message two times:
The image url.dll is possibly corrupt. The header checksum does not match the computed checksum.
So I opened a fresh new copy of XP Pro SP2 (yes, still shrink wrapped w/ new COA) and installed off of that. Same lock up issues and same blue screen error at the end!
It has two 256mb modules and I pulled each one separately and ran the computer with one module at a time to rule out one of them being bad.
I'm lost. The memory was the last straw and I'm turning to you guys. Any suggestions?