PC freezes / locks up
Posted on 2005-04-12
I have an older PC with the following hardware.
PII 233 on a 440LX motherboard
S3 Virge PCI Video Card
128M Ram (2 64M chips)
Realtek RTL8139 network card
80G Hitachi HD
The problem is that the computer will freeze on me randomly, to the point where even the keyboard doesn't respond (i.e. numlock, capslock lights don't toggle). My only recourse is to reset the machine. It seems to happen mostly when browsing the internet, but it's not only when browsing the internet.
I've tried swapping memory, network cards, and reinstalling the OS, to no avail. I've booted to the Austrumi linux distribution, but it freezes too. So.. I'm guessing it's something to do with hardware, but I'm not sure what.
A little history: the machine came to me with a 500M HD and was told to upgrade it. I put in the 80G HD and upgraded the bios (Award 4.51PG bought from esupport.com). I then installed Windows XP Pro, and from the very beginning it started freezing on me. I'm don't know if it was doing the same thing before I got it.
I would love to be able to have this PC working right, so any help is appreciated.