I just recently upgraded from a 266-FSB Athlon XP 1.4Ghz(Thoroughbred) with 512Mb of DDR-266 RAM(2 Sticks). To a 333-FSB Athlon XP 2.08Ghz(Barton) and 512Mb of DDR-333 RAM(1 stick)
Ever since the upgrade I've been running into problems with the computer. It crashes intermittently, and when I say crashes the computer either reboots completely, sometimes with the blue screen stating your computer has encountered a serious error, sometimes without. Even after the reboot Windows doesn't prompt me to even boot into safe mode, it just loads right back into Windows like nothing happened.
Other times it just freezes completely. My mouse stop's working, and I can't CTRL-ALT-DEL for the task manager. I have to reboot the computer, either with the reset switch or holding the power button down. The computer doesn't prompt me about the improper shutdown, and the request to load windows in safe mode. It just boots back into windows also like nothings happened.
Now I have a couple different culprits here that I think might have an effect on it.
1) My first thought is bad memory. For a couple different reasons. One of the main ones being the fact that if I let my computer run with only the desktop up and Winamp playing a little music, it'll stay up for 2-3Hrs or more. However if I load a game, and this is just about any game. The computer will crash either right away or the game will not load. ie: Splinter Cell:Pandora Tomorrow crashes to the desktop right away, in both multi-player and single player. Rainbow Six:Raven Shield will load and let me plan my action and set my team, as soon as I load into the action mode, the game may run for 10-20 seconds, even as long as a minute once then it crashes too. Sometimes to the desk-top other times the system resets completely. The second Painkiller demo is about the only game/demo I can get to run. It'll run fine for a little and then either reset the computer, or pull up the blue screen. Its due to these reasons why I think its memory related.
2) My second thought is power supply. I know this might seem sacrilegious to say that I'm not sure what kind or size of power supply I have in my computer. A 300W definatley, maybe a 350W. I'll have to look into it, and again the only reason I bring it up is because the problem is intermittent, or only consistently happens at the same time when the computer is under load(Game Playing)
Now I should also mention that I've gone in and changed the Dr. Watson setting's too. It used to be set that the computer would reset any time it ran into a serious error. Even with that setting taken off the computer still resets.I've reinstalled windows and no luck there. The installation goes smoothly, with not one hiccup, but the computer still crashes!
But before I go on I should give you a list of all the hardware in my computer.
Motherboard: ASUS A7V333
CPU: 333-FSB Barton at 2.08Ghz
Video Card: ATI Radeon 8500 128MB (Catalyst 4.4)
(Have tried other Catalyst versions, no luck!)
RAM: 512Mb DDR-333(Samsung)
Sound: Audigy Gamer
HDD: 30Gb Maxtor(7200 RPM)
OS: Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 1
Now when I did the upgrade a family member of mine got my old parts. Would I be able to take back a stick of the DDR-266 and put it in with this board/CPU combo by clocking down the CPU so it works correctly? I mean I don't want to keep it this way but if I can do that and get the computer to work doing the things it used to do when it crashed says that its the RAM right?
Thanks again to everyone in advance for responding to this posting. This has to be the most frustrating upgrade I have ever done, I just want it running and everyone here has always helped in the past.