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Help me PLEASE!

OK, Ive been trying to get this new system up and running for about 2 weeks now but Ive had nothing but problems

Thats the barebone Im trying to use to no avail. Basically what happens is that it randomly crashes during programs and it either restarts the whole system or just shuts down the program. Its not a virus problem, I just dont know if its a PSU or a hard drive problem, or a motherboard problem. Ive tried 2 different hard drives and it happens with both of them. Everything will go fine with installation of everything and it will run great for a day, then just non stop crashes .

Heres more specs:
2600+ Barton
160gb Seagate
1024mb pc2700 corsair
52x Lite-on CDRW
onboard video and sound
XP Pro

Do you think I should return this thing or upgrade the power supply? Its only 200W.

ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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200 watts is pathetic. You need to rule this out first. If there is any way to open it and direct a good fan into the box to see if it lasts longer before crashing, this might reveal a heat problem. These small boxes are interesting but defy good science sometimes.

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Part I

1. The article [Q307973] suggests that users configure the actions that Windows takes when a severe error (also called a fatal system error, or Stop error) occurs. Also, please read the article, "A Description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP (Q315222)," for accessing a system that will not boot normally.

2. The article [Q308427] states that an "event" is any significant occurrence in the system or in a program that requires users to be notified or an entry be added to one of three logs that can help identify and diagnose the source of current system problems, or help predict potential system problems.

3. The article [Q314084] describes how to gather more information about an error message using Pstat.exe, a Resource Kit utility run from the command line that gives a picture of the processes and drivers that are currently running.

4. If you identify an applicable error code, access the TechNet "Windows XP Events and Errors" page and enter either the "Source" or the "Error Code". -- the two most important items of information concerning an Event.

Part II

The article [Q303013] describes the Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) support for ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) disk drives that can enable the capacity of your hard disk to exceed the current 137 gigabyte (GB) limit.

Note: "Q331958" explains that if your computer has an ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) hard disk that is larger than 137 gigabytes (GB), 1) your computer may restart instead of resuming from hibernation, 2) you may experience hard disk corruption when your computer enters either standby or hibernation, and 3) you may experience hard disk corruption when Windows XP writes a memory dump file as a result of an unrecoverable Windows error (or Stop error) unless the system is subsequently patched.
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Since the power supply is only 200 Watts, you know it's an issue. Why not fix that?


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Check your FSB speed. Most 2600+ CPUs run at FSB 166x2=333

Your memory is spec at 266.

Since 2 hard drives do it that usually rules that out.

What does your CPU temp show? Is the HSF making good contact?

Run the same hardware with no changes, with the cover off and a fan blowing in. This will show a heat problem.

Hang a big power supply off of it and see if that cures it. This will show a PSU problem.

Swap the memory out and see if that cures it.

Trial and error is the only way to fix these things.
You are the only one that has the hardware in front of you.

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