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#1 ry12

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 02:39 AM

Another computer another problem lol, jeeez...

 

So I got my hands on an unwanted Windows XP computer, it's an ASUS Barebone Tower, 2GB Ram... and thats all I know about it. Here's what happens:

 

The first time I turned on the computer it got past the Windows XP logo screen and nothing, after that all there was is a black screen, it jammed so I tryed again. The computer continued to crash, sometimes even at the Windows XP logo, it doesn't just freeze, it breaks the image in lines for some reason.

 

I decided to go in through Safe Mode, and it worked! I managed to get on the desktop but I'm not sure what I can do there to help it out. However, (this only happened once so far), when I tried to enter safe mode again it crashed again.

 

I assumed it has something with the OS, not really knowing it's history, so a friend gave me his Windows XP 64bit through USB to format it but it crashed, I thought it simply didn't work so I tried Puppy tahr since I had it on my laptop for another issue I had, and what happened is that the Puppy Linux logo appeared but! yes.. it crashed.

 

So what's causing this crash and do you think it's worth the fix?

**I attached two pictures, one of them is the Puppy Linux crash and the other is the Windows XP**

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 02:54 AM

Install Windows 7 instead.  Or 8.1.  Dont bother with the XP reinstall.

 

Looks like a video card issue though.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 03:05 AM

Install Windows 7 instead.  Or 8.1.  Dont bother with the XP reinstall.

 

Looks like a video card issue though.

Can a windows XP tower support 7?
The issue would still be present though, how can I make sure it's the video card?



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 03:22 AM

I've installed Win7 on some really old machines with 512mb RAM.

 

Could also be a RAM issue, run MemTest across the machine to find out if thats an issue.

 

But a faulty video card would have those kind of symptoms also, and showing the same issue in a Linux environment as well as the installed XP, its some kind of a hardware fault.



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 04:00 AM

I will try it now and let you know



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 06:31 AM

I downloaded MemTest and entered in Safe Mode, it asked me to open two windows and run them. They are now about 160% done? When does it end?

 

Did I have to download a MemTest iso and run it at start up? :s



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Posted 08 June 2015 - 07:17 PM

Yeah gotta burn a memtest disc and run @ boot.

 

Think the memtest keeps running untill you stop it btw.



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 01:08 PM

Yeah gotta burn a memtest disc and run @ boot.

 

Think the memtest keeps running untill you stop it btw.

oh thanks! I will try that out and come back :P



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Posted 12 June 2015 - 09:53 AM

I burned Memtest to the CD and booted off it.

It took a few minutes scanning but it says ''Pass complete, no errors, Press ESC to Exit''

 

ok? :s



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Posted 14 June 2015 - 09:47 AM

Are any other tests I can maybe use to identify the problem?






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