This Socket A machines do tend to do this. I take it that repairing the machine is not acceptable advice so try this. If the BIOS allows it, disable the CPU L1 and L2 Cache. It may run slower but it may run.
Antec Case w/ 350w Power Supply
ASUS A7N8X dlx motherboard
512MB PC3200 Memory - Corsair twin (2x256mb)
WD 120GB HD 7200 rpm 8mb buffer
WD External HD 750GB
128mb AGP 8x Video (Ti4200)
Pioneer AO5 DVD/RW
WIN XP Pro
I have been having problems with this system for a while, I've had the "blue screen", restarting on it's own (sometimes while I was working, others when it was rebooting at various stages), sometimes it won't even turn on (after pressing the power button, the light will come on & then it will turn off it sounds like its gonna start but doesn't).
I have searched Microsoft & various forums, including this one for help. I have tried just about every suggestion that I thought was remotely close. The person that built this system for me isn't around, he used to give me technical support. I have had to reformat & reinstall Win XP on it twice before... You might wonder why I haven't upgraded before. We have a small business & I use QuickBooks. If I upgrade I have to upgrade QB also, I'm not prepared for the expense right now. I need to get my books done for 2009, so this is an urgent issue. Maybe in time for 2010 I can, these are difficult times...
I have performed the repair install this time as a last resort & everything went fine, until it got to the setup portion. It is restarting before it finishes the process. It will try a few times and then it will stall. I am completely frustrated it this point. If anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it.