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note: this is my parents PC (my old PC, MS-6528 model mobo).

 

Basicly this PC was apparently working perfectly (expect being a tad slow), the only issue I had was when I was using my external drive enclusure programs would stop responding and id need to reboot, but without that drive inclosure it was working fine.

 

My guess at that issue: it was designed for USB2.0, this PC is USB1 (and it also doesnt have sata, not sure if that has anything 2 do with it)...

 

either way it was time to format the PC and wipe everything out....

 

I full format, it copies files and reboots....

 

On reboot it does stuff (I do not watch) and see a BSOD. I reboot, and it says somethjing like re-entering setup and after that PC shutsdown. After next test it shutdown soon after seeing win xp logo.

 

I redo the format (this time quick) and PC also just shuts down after the reboot, once again after detecting XP.

 

I ran one full run of memtest and there were no errors detected.

 

I install ubuntu, do all updates, and all seems fine.

 

Whats going on? It cant be software because its a fresh install, in addition my XP disk is not cratched or anything.

 

As for PSU issue... I used to habe way more hardware in this PC back in the day, in addition they never had this problem.

 

I am thinking HDD, but it seems to be weird how it would full format fine but not read files, that might be the next test I run whiloe I wait for a reply.

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First thing I'd do is use the HDD maker's disk drive utilities to write zeros across the entire drive. Then use their utility to perform a disk health check.

 

Second thing I'd do is a full CMOS clear and reload of optimized defaults before attempting the OS install.

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well I tried to run seatools, just dont know how to from linux... I tried both dos and windows version using wine and both failed.

 

As for the cmos, I am also not sure how to set that up. Tommorow I was going to take out two other CD-roms and sound card then tell it do do omptized and take it from there. But I am worried it weont be the issue since it always seem to run into that problem after POST and when the software part was kicking in.

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ok I got it working.... I took out a sound card that has fallen to the bottom of the case many times.... Seemed to work perfectly now...

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That was going to be my next recommendation. Minimum hardware build outside of the case.

 

But you've isolated the problem now so doesn't look like that will be necessary.

 

Congratulations.

 

Ok to mark this thread as resolved and closed?

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