I am working on a Acer Aspire AX1700-3700 Desktop and what happened was it kept freezing in normal windows but would work in safe mode. After a while it started crashing in safe mode and I started seeing BSOD, So I put in a Win 7 disc and reformated and deleted the partition and created a new partition for install. However, it keeps freezing during Operating System Installations. I've tried two seperate Win 7 discs both got to expanding files and crashed. I then tried a Windows Vista OS and it also crashed during expanding files. I then started removing components just to the bare essentials and the same thing happened. Though it might have been the RAM so I started taking out one chip booting, then just using the other chip and booting and booting them both in every combination possible and the OS install would still freeze. So then I tried just using a Live Ubuntu CD and it also crashed once making it to the startup screen. The BIOs recognizes all devices such as CD/DVD rom, RAM, Hard Drive. Could this be a RAM issues because that's what it seems like to me???????
What I'm going to try tomorrow is running the OS install or Live Ubuntu off a USB flash drive and borrowing RAM from a friend but it would be nice to just hear what someone else's opinion would be. Could it be anything other than RAM such as the onboard video making it crash or any onboard components?? The temperature is normal as well in the BIOS and isn't overheating. Please Help and Thanks in advance any opinions welcome.