I’m working on a friend’s computer, which I built at least five years ago. Due to Windows XP giving me the blue screen on start up — even in Safe Mode — I decided to backup his documents and clean install Windows. (I did this for him three years ago, so I think it’s due.)
Unfortunately, that didn’t do the trick.
After the proper drivers were install on a fresh Windows XP foundation, it still froze on me. It wasn’t a blue screen, and I wasn’t even doing anything processor-intensive.
After that, I did the following (within my Ultimate Boot CD):
- Ran the extended test with the Western Digital hard drive diagnostics software
- Ran MemTest86+ v1.07 for two passes, which took about 40 minutes.
He’s ready to buy another computer, so I’m not worried. I just want to exhaust all other options.
Other than the motherboard finally gone bad, what else could it be? How do you test a motherboard?