Currently the machine is longer operable - i haven't had a chance myself to look at it however they have been advised that the issue is with the Motherboard.
I believe that i have located the model of the board (P35-121-16B9) however after searching google and ebay i have come empty on a replacement.
We would like to be able to keep Windows XP installed however this is an OEM version and is tied into the hardware.
As i can't find an exact match to this motherboard i am wondering whether i can buy one that is compatible with the processor and will not be seen as a major upgrade (so that the windows installation doesn't think that i am installing it on a brand new machine.
Is this possible and can anyone suggest a compatible board?
I'm with 'bremner' on this one, I have never understood the nonsense of OEM being tied to one PC and its hardware configuration. I have virtually rebuilt a PC using differ components with out any problem of activation.