Posted 29 December 2010 - 11:56 PM
Alright everybody. I believe I have everything figured out now. The following are the steps that I took since the last time I checked with this post:
I dropped off my computer to a local tech guy. He checked the hard drives under load, the mother board hardware, and the graphics card. The graphics card seemed to be working at first sight, however, when he visually checked the board he noticed that the capacitors where bulging (supposed to be flat over the top of the heads) and one was actually leaking. He ran more load tests on the graphics card and determined that the capacitors were working, but allowing the power to spike irrationally. Since the graphics card did not have a fan, it would overheat rapidly beyond what the heatsync would allow. This would cause the graphics card to shut down and then somehow the system would lockup because nothing would function properly through the graphics card. Then we had some issues with the internet connection and it ended up being that the drivers for the internet connection that we got off of the Intel website were faulty drivers (go figure). It took this guy about 3-4 weeks to figure everything out. I am getting the computer back tomorrow and will update you all if any other problems start occuring. I don't know how I could have diagnosed the graphics card problem other than knowing how the capacitors on the card should have looked. If any of you want the proper internet driver (the one that works... not the one off of the Intel website) in case another person has the same mother board and is having issues, let me know. I can email it to you if you would like to keep in your records.
Thank you all so much for your help with this problem. I'm going to have a drink now. Cheers to your help!