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DELL Inspiron 9300 1Gbyte RAM, that has a CPU race condition

I have a DELL Inspiron 9300 1Gbyte RAM, that has a CPU race condition.
CPU running at 100%, the fan blowing at max speed. It unable to service any other tasks, basically unusable.
At first I thought it was a virus. Much of the system time was spent by the antivirus software. But the condition persisted after the virus scanner was suspended. Rather than trying to untangle a bad virus, I reinstalled the entire OS going from XP SP1 to Vista SP1.
While it is at least usable now, the CPU continues to race and the fan won't step down. Is there a hardware issue that can cause this?

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Do you still have the Dell Resource CD? If so, run the 32-bit diagnostic tests by inserting the Resource CD or Drivers and Utilities disk and press F12 when you start the computer (as soon as you see the DELL logo). Then boot from the CD-ROM. Run the Express Test. Check for error messages. Go to support.dell.com and search for that error message or codes.

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