Having problems with your Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop ?

Continuous crashes - I'm going crazy!

\015 I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with a 300w power supply and a 2.53 GHz processor. This computer is one of the only computer problems that I have ever be totally stumped. It crashes frequently, crashes such as the blue screen of death, and also the "blahblahblah.exe has experienced a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." Please note that blahblahblah.exe can be anything from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Word. I have absolutely NO idea what the heck the problem is. The problems all started when we got a digital video camera, and then found out that we needed to have a firewire port, and a DVD burner. We got and successfully installed a 200gb hard drive, a Maxtor CD/DVD burner, and a firewire card. Since then it started crashing a lot, and I am beginning to wonder if it is the PSU not being able to supply enough power, being only a 300w one. Also, I don't know if it's the motherboard dying, or a defective component shorting or something. Please don't tell me to reinstall my operating system or check for viruses, because I have already done that many times, and I have even tried installing Linux on it. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. \015\012\015\012\015\012\015\012Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 24, 2008\015\012Most of the time when I get a bluescreen, it will be a "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA" I have looked on the web and I think it might be a HDD overheat. Also, note that ablsolutly NONE of the capacitors on the mobo have a peaked top. If its a heat issue, note that there's only 1 case fan that has a shroud on it to take heat away from the CPU heatsink. There is no actual fan on the heatsink itself. The system specs are a follows:Computer: Dell Dimension 8200 Desktop PCMobo: UnknownGraphics card: nVidia GeForce Ti200 (no fan)CPU: 2.53 GHz Intel Pentium 4CD/DVD Drive: Maxtor CD/DVD Rewritable DriveHard Drive(s): 40 Gb Western Digital Caviar (OS Installation)200 Gb Seagate Barracuda(Additional space, possibly problamatic HD)PSU: 300w Generic PSUThat's all I can think of for now, so if you need any more information, I would be happy to provide it. If you want me to do anything complicated, don't hesitate to ask, 'cause I (probably) know what I'm doing.\015\012\015\012Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 24, 2008\015\012I have removed the firewire card. No change. More suggestions please? \015\012\015\012Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 24, 2008\015\012Its a little late to return the hard drive, but I have run diagnostics on it, and its supposedly all green. See how I got stumped???!!!\015\012\015\012Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 25, 2008\015\0124 sticks of memorey, 256 each, total of 1024 mb of ram, all identical samsungs.\015\012 \015\012It has bluescreened on multple hard drives, so its not a defective hard drive.\015

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Remove the camera from the computer & turn off the system
\015\012just start your system in safe mode by tapping the F8 key when you push the power button to turn on the system
\015\012U will get Advanced options
\015\012Use the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard and select the option Safe Mode
\015\012Press Enter
\015\012Press Enter again
\015\012Now u will get messages like multidisk all over the screen
\015\012Do not worry
\015\012After this u will get usernames to click on
\015\012Login as an administrator
\015\012Click start>>All programes>>Accessories>>System tools>>System restore
\015\012Click next
\015\012Select the date on which you had not plugged in or installed your camera(date should be in bold only then it would be selected) .
\015\012Keep clicking next till the wizard finishes
\015\012The computer will automatically restart and now it would work
\015\012
\015\012
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