I'm trying to help my uncle out here and im about to use this pc as a shot put soooooooooo any help would be great .these are the specs :
now nothing has been upgraded to this pc and has nver been opened up until i looked around in it a couple of days ago.I tried to use the compaq recovery discs to reinstall xp however at different stages of the initial recovery blue screen errors appear sometimes they are mainly "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL" as you try to enter the second recovery cd but then other times these other messages appear when i try to reinstall again "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA" or "BAD_POOL_CALLER" now ive tested the memory,hard drive on other machines they are fine.Ive ran a low level format on the hard drive also used different hard drives and memory to try to get a o/s installed .I tried to flash compaqs bios with the manufacturers bios to try to get more available options in the bios (but to no avail and compaqs bios upgrade for this machine only works if you have xp already installed)
on board graphics card shows no problems with the different diagnostic tools ive tried .
So i keep thinking its a bios issue or the motherboard needs to be trashed.
Any help would be really appreciated guys ive never came across a problem like this before even and after 4 days of constant google searching ive lost the will to live !!
.Just as an after thought i tried to install free bsd 6.0 but as i tried to start making slices on the hard drive i got a error message saying that i had drive geometry problem because the bios never gave the bsd boot loader the correct information and so i could not install freebsd either on it !!
forgot to mention ive also tried a copy of xp pro and win2000 and they both crash just as you are given the option to install windows or make a repair of xp