I hope I'm posting this in the right place. If not, please forgive.
I recieved a Gateway 1000 from a buddy at work. He said it wasn't working, and I really just wanted it for a couple of spare parts. For kicks and grins, I tried to start it up...it loaded fine, then suddenly locked. Completely froze. I figured it must be an error in WinXP, so I wiped the drive and reinstalled.
I tried Win98...just as a start and got it installed fine. Booted it and it froze. I began thinking maybe it was a hardware problem. I've checked the memory and the hard drive. Both work fine in other systems. So my question is, could it be the power supply, or is the motherboard probably shot. Or is it some other annoying thing that I've managed to overlook.
I've got absolutely no friends around where I live that no anything about computers (cept where the power button is). So you are my only hope.