Hey all, a new member here. I like to tinker but am by no means an expert - hope y'all can help!
I've seen lots of threads re: hp pavilion boot probs & random restarts. but didn't find one to address my problem. I'm dealing w/ mom's PC - pavilion 512c, running XP - won't boot, though how far it gets can vary.
I reset the BIOS defaults, and I've gotten to the desktop twice in safe mode, then it dumps. was thinking adware/spyware/virus/too much background activity @ startup. backing up files was not an option (can't get that far!), so oh well! then... the thing dumped in the middle of system recovery!
had it all opened up, blew it out (power source was loaded with dust), had the heat sinc off and there's thermal paste ALL OVER the chip - very thorough, if messy :)
here's what I saw that was surprising to me - corrosion of some sort (looks like battery acid corrosion) on the tops of the - transistors? transformers? look like mini AA batteries - soldered to the mobo. never saw anything like it. seems confined to the "modules" around the chip/heat sinc.
thoughts? I would appreciate any insight. thanks! ~chell