After installing the new motherboard the laptop powered up. After about one minute into Windows the laptop froze. I powered it down and back up, but it just kept freezing. I booted into safe mode and it did not freeze. I tried a bunch of things and nothing seemed to work. Sometimes it froze before Windows even booted up, other times it'd boot up and freeze within about two minutes. I used an Ultimate Boot CD for Windows and it didn't freeze. One time it didn't freeze on me too fast so I installed AVG Free and updated the virus definitions and ran a scan. After about three and a half hours of not freezing, the scan found two trojans and I thought it was finally fixed. It was late and I was tired so I went to shut down the laptop and it froze.
The next day I tried to do a few things but it kept freezing. I used the UBCD for Windows and copied all his important files to usb. I tried to use his Gateway system recovery cd/dvd but, it keeps freezing. Sometimes earlier than other times. I've tried to use my own Windows XP Pro disc to reformat and do a clean install of windows, but it just keeps freezing.
While typing this, I did a chkdsk (again) and again it said it found a bad something and fixed it. I used my Windows XP Pro disc to delete the partition, then rebooted to his Gateway system recovery cd/dvd. It did it's thing and restarted. Now it says "Welcome to Microsoft Windows" (I've been here before), clicked next to continue, "Select Your System Settings" (region, language, and type of keyboard), next, "What time zone are you in?", next, "The End User License Agreement", (Yes, I accept) next, "Help protect your PC", next, "What's your computer name?", next, FROZE!!!
I've done that a few times now and it freezes at different times but during the same steps. Like, after the last freeze, I restarted and it continued from where it left off. I clicked on next and it didn't freeze. The next step asked for an administrative password, I clicked next and it froze. I restarted and it continued from where it left off and the next step asked "Who will use this computer?". I typed my friends name in and clicked next. Says "Thank You! Congratulations, you're ready to go!", before i clicked finish, it froze. Restarted and clicked finish, it froze again. Restarted and a message poped up saying "The system is not fully installed. Please run setup again". Clicked OK and it rebooted, the same message poped up again.
I don't know what to do. I know what I want to do - throw the laptop out into the strret and call my friend to come and get it.
Any ideas of what I can do to fix this problem would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Edited by hamluis, 21 October 2012 - 08:45 AM.
Moved from XP to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.