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August 23, 2005, 7:33 pm
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We have an older system, P3 800 MHz EB on an MS-6309 Lite motheboard.
This has been running WinXP Pro, and was joined to our work domain /
It has worked faithfully for years. But recently it developed a random
I tested the hard disk, and found that there were some bad sectors
popping up. So I replaced it.
I tried to do a clean install of XP, but when I got to the part about
network settings, the machine rebooted.
I tried using a different NIC, no luck, just a continuous reboot.
I used RAMEXAM to test the memory, took DAYS, but I pounded it with
every test. Memory test is good.
So if the memory test is good, and the hard disk is new, then WTF???
I figure it is down to either a flakey Motherboard, or a weak power
But I wanted to know if anyone has had a similar experience. And if
so, what was the problem???
All feedback greatly appreciated.
Re: Hardware Problem - WinXP reboot...
We have a winner! Give the man a cigar!
There were 5 x 2700 uF @ 6.3V Capacitors beside the CPU, and ALL of
them had slightly popped up tops. 2 of them looked like maybe a small
Since we just happen to manufacture electronic assemblies....
I used our rework equipment to remove that offending parts. They were
replaced with 2200 uF @ 25V since that is what we have in stock! ;)
Before rework this puppy could not even stay up for 5 minutes without
self-rebooting. So far, it has been up for almost 2 hours - looks
solid as a rock (time will tell).
Only trick was that the replacement caps were larger than the
originals in case size. So it looks a little wierd, but it works!
Thanks for the tip! :)
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