Hrm.. I made the mistake of purchasing a Northgate industries athlon 1.8 with a foxconn mobo about a year ago (convenient how they always die after warranty eh?)... and I've had nothing but trouble since then, and now it's progressed to the point of no return.
Previously, the machine would hang at random intervals, and after a few months Windows XP would simply refuse to boot. However, new install of XP, even just adding another copy to the drive would fix it for a few more months.. then the period began to drop.. a month, 2 weeks, a week.. and now I can keep a copy of XP stable for about 3 days and I'm at wits end. There are no warnings whatsoever, windows will get to the Windows logo screen with the scrolling blue (or green depending on how lazy I am :P ) bar at the bottom for about 5 seconds, and then immediately reboot. The last install I did was a complete flush with a reformat on Friday night, and it was corrupt this morning (Monday), but worked just fine all weekend. I'm starting to wonder if I have some sort of bios worm, so I'll see if I can flash it tonite, but I'm starting to get irritated with this p.o.s. paperweight.
Asides from a clean install I've changed the power supply, video card, both sticks of ram, ethernet card, modem, sound card, optical drives, usb card reader, both hard drives.. I'm down to something wrong with either the board, cpu or bios, and if those are shot I'm tossing this thing and buying a new machine.. so... before I give her the ol' heave ho, are there any suggestions? Is it possible I have a worm of some sort embedded in the bios that I don't know about? I'm confident enough that it's not related to all the hardware I've replaced, but I have no idea what's causing it.. help please!