heres the machine im trying to fix/diagnose
300w psu (is it enough wattage??)
gigabtye 7vm400m-rz mobo
512megs pc2700 (2x256)
dvd-rom drive (ide)
cd-rw 24x12x52 (ide)
no harddrive yet (still having problems just using live linux CD)
here are the symptoms:
turns off after an amount of time (kind of random, sometimes it turns off after half an hour, some times it turns off during boot)
to me, it sounded like a cooling problem, but i checked the temps, and they look fine.
shows no errors in memtest86 live up until it turns off.
it looks like the processor (which is used) got so hot that the text on it got burned into the heat sink. here's a picture: here's a picture of the processor and heat sink
it looks like there may be burn marks on it ... you'll see them :-P
could this be the cause of my problems?
maybe i just dont have enough power?
any help i would appreciate. thanks.