Overheated Pentium 4

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Eoraptor

Ebay is such a fabulous resource. You can find all manner of second hand parts on the cheap to keep an old machine running. Check there and see if you can find a compatible mobo from the era. (you may even luck out and score an upgrade n capacity or capability)

 

After all, if I can find enough parts to get what was once an old Pentium II @350 to smoothly run XP and Seven with just some new ram and processor, anything is possible in the wilds of ebay.

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Crzytoxicant

To have the computer running as long as you did is a feat in itself, but with technology progressing at the rate it is, The cost of replacement parts for the computer could be better allocated on a new computer altogether, which would be much more cost effective in the long run. Well that's just my take on it...

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Stry8993

Trying keeping your computer out, like out of the desk cubby. I know it looks all nice and fancy stuck inside some 200 year old desk built for ink wells and quill pens, but the only thing keeping your computer from getting proper airflow is you... and your desk. You're basically turning your desk into a convection oven built to bake that metallic loaf of a P4. Compounding the heat. And since comps pull the air through the front and out the back usually, that air coming forward doesn't move up as fast, and quite often can just get pulled back in, so opening the door is still pretty futile, though better than what your son had done.

Let the poor thing breath. Most people have computers, out, visible, and if your worried about tidiness, I'd say just tuck the wires away nicely and voila, 2010, and still good to go.

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lien_meat

I had an old p4 3ghz system laying around that I used ocasionally.  Well, one day while running, just playing music off of it while I was cleaning my apt, it up and crashed (it just didn't function at all, no sound, no video...). When I rebooted, it gave me the CPU Self Test failed error.  Well, I later tested out that cpu on another mb, and it worked.  After swapping every single part from the original computer to the working board (ram, psu, etc...) it worked as usual.

The interesting thing:  NO bulged or leaking capacitors or ANY sign I could find of a faulty motherboard, besides it just refusing to work.  I even had my very very hardware savy friend look at it, but we found nothing interesting.  Sometimes motherboards just die.  I wouldn't be surpised if you had the same issue...although a PSU problem will give the same result very often.

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Morete

http://www.used-pcs.com/ProductCart/pc/viewContent.asp?idpage=13  -Used-PCs.com

Amazon might have some used parts vendors they use as a third party. 

I bought an old refurbished HP PC back in 2004.  It has a Pentium 4 and 1.5 Gig. RAM.  It still works like a charm and doesn't have the complicated bloat O.S. in it like Vista and Windows 7.  If this HP PC I still use keeps going good for another 20 years, it will be the only one that I will ever want to use.  It can still play any non-disk online games with fast frame rates and do everything else that I use a PC for.    

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michaelbart0n

If you don't have a motherboard to switch out, do you have a store like Fry's nearby?  They have a great return policy so you can keep it if it was the problem or take it back if it wasn't.

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