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PC Crashes like a train wreck

Folks, I have a big problem, my system is continuously crashing.
This started about 3 days ago...
My computer after running for awhile will make a "Clunk" and then shortly there after crash. I thought it might be HD so I pulled the side off to check, it was warm but nothing out of the ordinary. When I restart and Windows does the "this system has recovered from a serious error see our website" it says that it was caused by the bios and that it needs to be upgraded. Ok fine and dandy, I don't understand it but ok, note that the only major change to this computer since purchase was service pack 2 back in the day when it came out (no new software has been installed, etc.). So I go to find a bios upgrade, I have not a clue where to look and VPR, Best Buy and Google have not been any help as of yet, so I turn to the gurus on here.

Does this sound like a bios problem, or is the HD really being toasted and causing the system to act screwy, or could it be the memory?

Thank you for your time, any and all advice will be greatly appreciated,

My box's specs are as follows: (don't laugh too much I know its close to a dinosaur)

VPR Matrix Series 210
Model: FT 6100
Win XP Home Edition, V 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2
Pentium 4 2.53Ghz
512 MB of Ram
HD is 120 GB
---(following chipset and bios info is from a program from intel)----
BIOS Date: 6/18/02
Type: American Megatrends licensed to Intel
Chipset: Intel 1A30 rev 17

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VPR, is the brand BestBuy sells. If BestBuy has a support website it will provides the bios update. The sound is probably the quick shutdown or a reaction to be told to shutdown. I don't see why offhand but I suggest you keep side cover off. Place a small household fan there to help cool the system. Also, while cover is off observe operation and make note of possible sound source. Come back with results...

tada -----Willy Happy

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Yes, it could well be a BIOS issue ...

In reply to: PC Crashes like a train wreck

and likely related either to something in the SP2 update or a later hotfix.

Here is a link to BIOs updates for the Matrix - just click on your model number

That takes you to an information page complete with FAQs and driver downloads. If a BIOS download is not available try running Belarc Advisor to find who made the motherboard (several models of Matrix used various Intel boards such as the Intel D850BG motherboard and thus any BIOS updates would be available for the board on Intel's site.

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