Old PC doesn't want new OS
Posted on 2004-11-12
A neighbor brought me a PC to check out since he was having some problems with it, so I started some basic checks:
* Memory: Ran diagnostics overnight. No errors (well, one, but more on this later).
* Hard disk: Diagnostics ran ok.
* Processor: Seems fine.
The memory diagnostics stopped soon the first time. The program crashed (in clean DOS) and the screen was filled with garbage.
I *noticed* the processor's heat sink was very hot... The glue was melted and the sink FELL off the processor!
So I let it cool for a few hours. And after I try again, the diagnostics ran extensively and report no errors.
The PC was running fine before (if running with WinME can be called "fine").
So I tried installing Windows 98 SE (partitioning and formatting the hard disk to FAT32 first), and I failed miserably many times as the installation program stalled shortly after initiating the GUI.
After several trials, I finally managed to get past the first reboot, and then, stalled again...
So this appears to be a hardware problem right? What's most likely the culprit? How can I test it?
Thanks in advance!