Hi, I have a 2 yr old Tiny PC think it was called 'entertainment extreme' at the time. 1.2 athalon processor, nvidia2 32mb graphics card, 30gb hard drive, currently 128mb (pc100) memory (was 256mb pc133), windows ME, not sure what motherboard think it has onbard sound (can't spot anything that looks vaguely like a sound card anyway).
This was freezing a few month ago and ended up crashing completely and did not work for a while. Took it too a shop and they replaced one of the memory sticks. It worked for a while but then started crashing again. I have tried reformatting the hard drive, reinstalling windows, norton and defrags etc. Tried updating the drivers a while ago to no avail. Have also tried resetting some of the bios settings. In the end i have taken it apart and removed one of the memory sticks leaving me with only the 128mb. I have also left the sides off incase it was an overheating problem. The machine now works sort of - I start it up and start doing something (playing a game for example) and after 5 or so minutes it will freeze up and need resetting, after the reset it seems to work fine until the next time i use it!! Don't currently have a lot software installed just the basic stuff from the backup CD thing and a few games.
I am currently contemplating replacing some bits on advice from a friend(motherboard or memory or both)would this help?
I want to upgrade from the 128memory, so i am trying to decide whether it would be worth replacing the motherboard at the same time and getting pc2100 or so memory. I just don't want to end up replacing all of it.
I am wondering whether your use of PC100 memory could be causing a problem. What is the FSB of the Athlon? If it set at 133, try temporarily reducing it to 100 to see if that makes the system more stable.