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1) Your PC is overheating. Clean out the dust around the processor fan and intake vents. Make sure that your fan is working. Make sure that the North and South Bridge chips are not overheating either (the two other large chips on the motherboard)
2) Your Motherboard has defective Capacitors. Once your Capacitors start bulging or leaking, the board will need to be replaced.
3) Your Power supply is failing. Not dead yet, but enough of a pause in power distribution to cause the entire system to go down. Power supply can be replaced as well.
Dell has proprietary motherboards, so most retail mobos out in the market would either not fit into the chassis. if the system is still in warranty. call in for a replacement mobo. otherwise try reaching their out-of-warranty dept/ spare parts dept.
Hi. the mother board seems to be having some initialization issues during boot up. this is common when the mother board is failing. i would check to make sure the battery on this board is working. if it is, the board my be ruined. power board seems to be fine. please rate and god bless.
Hi bodfer, did you go to this ASRock site? http://www.asrock.com/mb/download.asp?Model=K8Upgrade-NF3 The nic card driver is with-in the NVIDIA all in 1 driver package ver: 5.10 for win 2000 & Win XP. (Its part of the motherboard which is part of the chipset). Not every board lists the nic card driver separately. The Asrock K8UPGRADE-NF3 Mb uses the nVidia nForce3 chipset. To update your chipset drivers go to this nVidia web site. http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us Choose these from the dropdown menu. Product Type: Legacy Product Series: nForce 3 Series Operating System: (You choose). Language: English or (You choose). Than click search. You'll end up here. http://www.nvidia.com/object/nforce3_winxp_5.11 Notice the drivers listed towards the bottom of the site. Including, WinXP ethernet driver version 4.16 (WHQL) nic driver. (Most if not all the Nvidia drivers are updated drivers). Suggest you follow the instructions on the site before installing the 35.6Mb package. I'm sure this will work for you. I have more faith in nvidia than ASRock. (This is what one would do when looking to update their nvidia chipset drivers). Good luck bodfer! Need more info, just post. Mike
sounds to me like the fan is on the way out ,and if the cpu gets too hot the pc will shut down.
check that the fan is not obstructed,clean it if it is full of dust, replace it if it is not working as it should.
also listen to the power supply fan, is it working ok,this could cause the same type of problem but for different reasons.