Welcome to BC arnee13
Lets see if we can get your computer up and running.
Windows ME wouldn't start up, so I did a clean install of Windows 98 SE. Same problem--computer would lock up either during install or at random after install was complete. Still the same problem with Windows XP Home and with Suse Linux installations.
When ME would not start up, would you mind saying when the loading process stopped? With ME, did you ever get past the initial loading?
When you did a clean install of 98, did you use an original Windows CD, as opposed to a startup CD that came with another computer? Did you start the computer with the CD in? Were you successful on erasing ME with a format or fdisk? How long did the computer run after 98 was finished: a couple of days or was it a matter of minutes that it would crash? Any error codes that you can remember when it stopped working?
With XP, did you erase 98 and use the full version original Microsoft XP CDs?
SuSe I can not really help you much on that, but curious if it started up at all.
It is very possible that you have bad hardware somewhere. If you can get another stick of RAM or even another HD, it would eliminate other possibilites. If the motherboard is out, there may not be alot you can do, but if the video card is not working properly, then you may be successful in finding another one. Lastly, have you opened up the computer and looked around to see any burn marks or any unusual black marks on the boards?
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