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First post, by chris2021

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Athlon XP 2600+ on a Foxconn mobo. It ran alright, installed Wimdows 2000 I think. Took some dribers well. But it's not particularly reliable. Should I:

A) Try a different cpu.

B) recap motherboard

Could the power supply be the culprit? It's a Rexxus, and it's P4/AMD ready. Iow contemporary for those times and boards. I suppose I could just try a more reputable newer p/s. I have a graphics card, nothing to write home about. But it's not even installed.

Will Linux fix everything 🤣 🤣 🤣.

Reply 1 of 2, by Towncivilian

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Inspect the motherboard for bad capacitors.

I would also suggest to try a new PSU. Modern units should work ok. I’m using a relatively new Corsair CX600M with something as old as an abit BX133-RAID (Socket 370 440BX) board with no issues, so I believe you should be able to use something newer as well with your motherboard.

HP d530 CMT: P4 EE 3.2GHz, 4GB DDR-400, ATI Radeon 9600XT, SB X-Fi XtremeMusic, WD VelociRaptor 80GB, WD Caviar Blue 500GB

Reply 2 of 2, by mkarcher

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Run memtest86 or memtest86+. The 4.x versions of both forks should be good for your system. If memtest86 reports errors, something involving the CPU, the board or the memory is not working correctly. It't too bad that memtest errors (or any other memory test program errors) are not always clearly due to the memory. If you observe errors at a single address only, though, the problem is most likely in memory. If you observe errors all over the place, the board or CPU might be bad, too. If you have multiple modules, try swapping them and test whether you get errors at different addresses after the swap. If the error addresses moves, one of your modules is faulty.