I wonder if anyone can give me some help with a computer that is causing problems. It started about a fortnight ago when the computer would randomly freeze. The only thing you can do is switch it off and re-boot.
I checked all the connections and the mouse (PS2 mouse) seemed a bit loose, so I replaced it. This didn't help matters and so I tried a new keyboard too to see if that was causing the problem. It wasn't.
I then moved on to opening it up, removing everything and reseating it to see if one of the cables had somehow come loose. I checked the cables visually and they seemed ok. I did the same for the RAM too. Again the computer would still freeze.
Next stage was to download the Western Digital diagnostics tool to test the hard drive. On the first run, the PC froze and it repeated this a few times. I thought it was the hard drive, so I took an old slave and replaced it with that and booted up again. After installing everything, the computer froze again.
I installed the original HDD in another PC and it ran fine. No problems there at all so the HDD seems fine.
I re-installed it in the rogue computer and ran the WD tests again - all clear this time. I booted up and logged on as normal and the thing froze on me again... So I came here.
The PC is a Compaq Evo D310 Intel 1.7 Celeron, 256 Mb RAM, 40Gb HDD with Win XP Pro SP2 installed. SP2 was installed about three months ago.
I have also checked the event logs to see if they can offer any help, but there was nothing there that gave any idea.
I think that's about everything I have tried so far. Can someone give me some ideas about where to go next?