Ive got a 2nd pc (non-networked) specs as follows:
AMD K6-2 350
Maxtor 1.7GB HDD
SoundBlaster 16 Value!
250W AT P/S
As you can see, its not the latest and greatest, but its my old PC, (quite a jump from 350MHz->2GHz) and the problem is that whatever flavor of Windows Ive tried, (98SE + 2K) it usually locks up when Windows GUI has loaded. Usually when the take a tour screen is loading.
Now, when I boot into safe-mode, theres no lockup, then I restart into Windows and its fine. No lockups anywhere.
The board is 2nd hand because I flashed to wrong BIOS on old board and had to re-flash this board to get it to work properly. Luckily this board had a boot-block BIOS and I was able to recover it. And set voltage/clock/FSB jumpers accordingly (wonderful things manuals).
So, lets see how far we can overclock it. Went from 350MHz - 400MHZ and its fine. Or so it seemed.
Lets install windows, went fine. Lets boot windows, lockup. Lets clock it back, lockup. Bear in mind I never tried windows before the overclock. But it installed fine, so I dont know. Any worthwile (free!) DOS benchmarking programs? Because it seems stable as a rock in DOS.
I know heat isnt a problem as theres a nice 5400 rpm fan with thermal paste clamped onto the chip.
Prehaps I overclocked it to much and damaged the silicone, maybe the RAM was exposed to static.
Any input would be appreciated.
EDIT And Id rather not use Linux, just sticking with Windows for the moment /EDIT