Hello, about four years ago I bought a decent PC, since then I've replaced everything except the motherboard and the processor. The last upgrade was switching from Samsung RAM to Kingston RAM around 6 months ago. Everything had been working fine until last week when the PC just started restarting by itself.
I kept getting "TRAP 00000010" errors on screen after an unexpected restart, which, after looking up turns out to be a RAM problem. One of my old sticks of RAM still worked as only one was faulty (I decided to replace both anyway with said Kingston RAM) so I tried that. Still no joy. Was still getting 2-3 restarts per day, until today when I had 3 in the space of 10 minutes, and after that the PC would not work at all.
It would turn on, but would not load or beep, the screen just stays black. I took the motherboard out onto a rubber mat to see if that was the problem, still no joy so I'm guessing I have to replace my motherboard.
This is where I need help. My motherboard is an ECS EliteGroup P4M800-M7 - rubbish I know - and when I decided to upgrade my graphics card, there was only one option, the ATI Radeon HD3850 AGP. Are there any better mobos out there that supports this graphics card and my 3GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor? And possibly more room for more RAM, or am I out of luck?
It might be failing capacitors on the motherboard. Just look at them. They should have a flat and clean top. Bulging capacitors were frequent some years ago, especially from cheap motherboard manufacturer. Just google bulging capacitors to have better explanation