My step dad has about 4 computers that all seemed to crap out at once, and now I am trying to save at least two of them. The one I am working on now is a PIII 432 socket on a ECS motherboard. Now first thing that is strange is that the BIOS says that the computer has a 1.7 GHZ P4, but on the board its says PIII 432 socket. I am pretty sure that P4s never came in a 432 socket only 478 and higher.
I am trying to reintall Windows 2000 Pro since that is what all his computers use, but when I get to installing Windows the fatal blue screen pops up and sometimes have a few hexadecial codes. It never pops up at the same place during the install setup. I have tried to different Windows 2000 disks, and tried to startt he setup using the four setup floppy disks.
I have created a new partition on the HD and reformatted it, and the fatal blue comes up when it finally gets to the point where it installs Windows. I have tried 3 other HD that were in the other broken HDs. I created new partitions for thoses HD as well.
Now I have been getting a screen that says install is out of memory, and I have to quit the install. I try and quit the install, and the fatal blue comes up and I have to hit the restart button.
I have reset the CMOS, and switched the RAM around (512 X 2). used only one 512 MB stick, and still the same results.
This is seriously pissing me off, and I have tried everything that i know.