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Computer keeps rebooting when XP is installing

by paul_5114 / August 7, 2010 11:31 AM PDT

I'm currently re-installing XP home on a computer that previously had the problem of rebooting itself when loading XP. During this re-installation (using the XP home boot disk), the drive formats and copies files onto the HDD, until it reaches between 5% - 55% when the computer restarts itself without notice. Sometimes it comes up with BSOD about new hardware installation problem or a page fault with RAM.

I've tried using 2 IDE HDDs and testing the RAM using memtest86 (which passed) but still has the same problems. I've not changed any hardware (except HDD) or BIOS settings. Any ideas what it could be the problem?

Current Spec:
Advent Desktop 3218

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This old PC?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2010 12:42 AM PDT

This is your classic SOCKET A machine that does not age well. You often find owners that can't deal with it's age issues or will replace the old motherboard, CPU or other parts.

Distance yourself from such machines and don't accept them at the service counter unless the owner will let you replace the motherboard and CPU as well as any component over 5 years old.
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This machine is, indeed, a Socket 939 type of mainboard.
by LucJPatenaude / August 9, 2010 9:42 PM PDT

This machine should not be trashed for any reasons what-so-ever other that you did not do the proper gradual and annual updates/upgrades for it.

Unfortunately, do not bother spending any time and money onto this poor machine that suffered so much over the last 6 years.

The same and exact monies needed to be spent on this machine can be diverted to a much better machine. Just shop an online store such as for a good overview of how cheap a totally newer machine can cost you.

Happy shopping! Wink

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