So, it started a few days back. I was happily surfing the web and listening to music on my computer (like I have done since I bought it back in Sept '05) and then the bugger freezes, music still playing but nothing else. It stays that way for ages. So, I switch it off, boot back up to be given the blue scan disk screens. It finally gets through that process but again freezes....
Long story short, I reformat and install XP home again.
All seems fine at first. I get Firefox etc installed without a problem. Then I decide to reinstall some of my apps like Word. The install box vanishes before I can complete the serial code. Then, I try Open Office, same happens there, this time the install box vanishes before the program is completely installed. It wont even allow me to install I.E7 or Net Framework.
Other things like Zuma Deluxe and BeJeweled 2 fail to load (though do install). There are many other programs which do the exact same thing as all the above.
My stuff is legit, so I don't know what's going on. Can anyone help at all?
My comp specs:
Dell Dimension 3000 Pentium 2.8Hhz Onboard: Intel Extreme Graphics 2 268mb RAM (1x256mb 1x512mb) Windows XP Home Edition
Pamy: Would a fresh install of Windows remove all my files on the HDD? Sorry for the dumb-ass question, it's been so long since I reinstalled windows without a reformat, that I've forgotten.
Joe R: I have done done just that in the past hour. Tried it with the original 256mb module. Aside from running obviously slower, nothing changed. I'm assuming it isn't a RAM problem from those results.
Thanks for all your help so far, I do appreciate it. :)