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Constantly Hangs (Blue Screens)

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OK, Its a self-built P4-1.4GHz with an ECS P4ITA motherboard. I have a WD 80gig hard drive, an ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon, and 512MB of RD-RAM (With ECC)

For the most part the computer has always worked fine i built it two summers ago to take to college with me and i had put Win 2000 on it. I reformatted it last summer (one year ago) just to clean everything out and restart a new school year fresh. I put win 2k back on it. Well just a month or so ago, i was in the middle of a long research paper and the computer jsut restarted. I hadnt installed new hardware or software or anything, it just restarted. And then it kept happening, and not just everyonce in a while, it was like every 5 minutes. I found cause of the restarting -- it was the reboot on hang feature -- so now it doesnt restart anymore but it still blue screens.

First i was told it was driver software -- so i tried to un install and re install all the drivers i could think of. That didnt help

So i thought maybe it could be hardware, so i pulled out everything i could and still have the computer run - i eliminated both CD ROMS, Modem, Network Card, and Floppy Disk.

OK, so i went back to the software idea and i reformatted again (this is a TOTAL reformat in that i used the WD utility to "write zeros" to the drive). Then i installed WINDOWS XP PRO. Well everything was all well and good through the installation (except maybe one time when i wasnt sure if it was supposed to reboot becsaue of installation proceedure or not) and then once i started doing the windows updates online it started hanging again . . . (Note that i have not installed any custom drivers or anything, its only what windows did itself.)

Ok, so the problem still not fixed i moved to memory. I bought and installed brand new memory. Didnt fix it.

Swapped out the video card with a known working one from a different system (even went from AGP port to PCI -- still the same problem.

Switched the Power supply -- nope.

So now the only things i can think that i am left with is Motherboard and Processor. Two things that i really dont want to replace. Any Ideas anyone?

The restarting now, seems to happen a little less often than with the origional power supply. I dont know if this could be due to the fact that i was using the wrong power supply for the motherboard (i didnt have those two extra power connections to go to the motherboard). but with the new power supply i do, maybe i could have done something bad to the MB???

The hanging now seems to happen most often on boot up, and occasionally it will hang (without error message) while the BIOS is preforming its memory check. And when it does hang once, it seems to happen 5-7 times in a row and then is ok for like half an hour or so. THen it starts again.

The error messages always seem to point in different dirrections. Sometimes they say "IRQ_NOT_EQUAL_OR_LESS" sometimes it will give a long memory address, sometimes a file name like NTSF.exe (or dot whatever it is).    ---I will get more specific with the errors if someone wants me to . . . but they seem useless to everyone else.

Sorry for the novel, but im really frusterated with this thing.

Oh, and while we're at it (i doubt if this is related, but it could be) ever since i built the system, it occasionally turns itself back on within 10 or 15 seconds of a normal power down. It doesnt happen all the time, but every so often it will just power up right after it switches itself off. And this only happens right after it turns off, not more than 15 or 20 seconds later -- then is stays off forever until it is manually switched on.


THanks to anyone  and everyone . . .

-IJF
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