Packard Bell locking up

  garol 11:53 07 Mar 06
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I recently installed a 20GB HDD to my brothers Packard Bell Pentium 3 with ~320mb of RAM (HDD was 7GB) installed Windows XP full OEM version. After about a week the PC started locking up and the only possible way out was to switch off.
So I reformatted the HDD and tried to re-install XP however before it is installed the system locks up, anywhere between 26 mins to go and 4 mins to go time does seem to vary with amouint of time PC has been switched off before re attempting. I have tried swapping the HDDs back to the original with the same outcome.

  rawprawn 12:00 07 Mar 06

Strip all the peripherals out down to bare minimum, such as printer etc, then try again

  rmcqua 12:11 07 Mar 06

And give the RAM contact a thorough clean with a pencil eraser and ensure that they are seated correctly in their sockets.

  garol 21:06 08 Mar 06

Tried both of these still have problem, gets stuck now while copying setup files

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