Question about Intel Motherboard
I have an intel pentium 4 processor and an intel d845gvsr motherboard.
256 MB RAM (blitz) 333Mhz FSB
Seagate barracuda Hard drive 40 GB.
this machine will just stop responding at literally any time, while playing music, installing software, surfing the net, if its lying idle and even during boot.
U just never know....
The system is 2 years old and I'm facing this problem from about 1 year now. its getting severe by the day.
I am an engineering student and i cant do any work on this computer... plzz help me..
Start with the basics here... The lack of memory is not going to cause your system to lock up over and over again for a year. It'll keep it running slow, yes. But if it's locking up at random as often as you describe, then I am thinking that this is a hardware-related issue.
I would first look into the case of your computer. Look at the motherboard itself. Look at the capacitors lining the area around the processor. (The capacitors are the round, cylindrical devices soldered onto the board. Usually in rows or patches of 3-5 on average.)
Look to see if they have been burst on the top and if they are leaking a powder-like substance that seems to be caked on to the top of the capacitors. (It will remind you of a AA battery leaking it's acid.) They can also leak on the bottom. (Click HERE to see an example picture of a leaking capacitor on an Intel D845G series board.)
The Intel D845Gxxx series boards were notorious for having had a generation of them manufactured with faulty capacitors. This causes serious performance and stability issues... Up to and including complete failure of the board. (Click HERE to see an article about this issue.)
Seeing as how the issue is getting worse and worse as you describe... This is a symptom of a board that has had leaking capacitors and is about to fail completely.
You can try adding more memory and using anti-spyware/anti-virus software to clean up the OS. You can even try backing up your data and reinstalling Windows XP.
If you try a reinstall, you'll need to download the Audio, Video and Network drivers for the board as Windows XP does not have native support for the Sound, Video and Network adapters on this board...
If you reinstall Windows XP Service Pack 2, be aware that the Realtek drivers for the onboard chipset do NOT work on this board when Service Pack 2 is installed. (Although they work just fine with Service Pack 1.) At least...this was the case the last time I tried it. I doubt that any recent updates have fixed this issue, but I could be wrong. You can always use a different PCI sound card to solve that little problem.
Just make sure that you disable the onboard audio through the BIOS if you use a different sound card. If the Realtek drivers are installed for the onboard audio and you have Service Pack 2 installed, the system will reboot itself over and over again - making the system unusable unless you boot into Safe Mode.
(Definitely tell me if I am wrong, however. I would like to know. It's been a while since I tried.)
Anyway... Do what you must. But put priority on checking those capacitors on the motherboard.
And I would definitely get some more memory into that board. At the very least, make it 512 MB of memory.
Good luck and let me know what's up later on when you have some answers or updates. I'll be watching.
Posted on Nov 18, 2007
Have you scandisked and defragged lately.
scan for spyware with Spybot.
Scan with your favorite visusscanner.
Secondly 256 MB RAM is not enough to do anything with. 1 gig is perfect for XP.
The more you use XP the more memory is used.
Thirdly how much space is left on your harddrive?
The fuller it gets the slower it will be accessing files.
Turn of indexing, it is a resource hog.
Keep me posted.
Posted on Nov 17, 2007
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