I recently assembled a brand new PC.
Pentium 4 2.6C with hyperthreading
Intel 865GBF Motherboard
Kingston twin Hyper-X 512mb dual channel DDR Ram(blue)
80GB Seagate SATA 7200rpm 8mb buffer HDD
Liteon CD Writer
I've installed windows XP Professional and ran window update to update EVERYTHING to the latest updates until there any NO MORE updated to download at all.
The problem i'm facing is that sometime when programs are being run, it performs an illegal operation and terminates. The problem happens with a few software like Need For Speed Underground, Ulead photo impact, Olympus camedia software, GameHouse Collapse,
The problem happens at random intervals. The program would perform an illegal operation and terminate. Sometimes it just kicks out of the program straight away.
It doesn't happen when I run basic stuff like web browsing, ICQ, MS Word, writing CD's etc.etc.
How and where should I start diagnosing this problem?
Also I've set the RAM Timings to the manufacturer's specification already. The same problem happened when I used the auto-detect setting as well.
How likely is this problem caused by power irregularities? Because when I was using this PC at home I didn't have a single problem at all. It was only after I delivered it to my friend that he started experiencing problems like these. He did install a few more software but I doubt it's because of any of that.
The other thing is, I accidently dropped the Pentium 4 processor and it hit the casing. As a result, one of the legs has been bent and we had to straighten it back before reinstalling it onto the motherboard. I doubt this would have any effect at all, but maybe some of you experts have some experience to tell me something?