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11-29-2009 12:53 PM
Are you running Vista Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 1
If you're running Service Pack 2, install this and see if it helps
04-12-2010 01:04 PM
I've had the same problem, found that 8 capacitors on the motherboard were bad. You can pull the side cover off and visably see the tops bulging. Ordered new capacitors from www.badcaps.net for $11.00, will replace them next week. Hopefully I can salvage the motherboard! Good Luck!!
07-14-2010 07:48 AM
I have EXACTLY the same problem and have gone through the same diagnostic routine with HP Support and its still did not resolve the problem. I removed RAM, disconnected HD, Reloaded the OS, tried Windows7. Nothing helped. Same results. Just like you, I have placed this PC in my garage, and its collecting dust there. I have bought a Dell. However, reading through some HP threads last year, quite a lot of ppl complaining of the same issues with the same m8200n system. Even new out of the box. The thread was quite long. People tried different things, swapped HDs, RAM, same result. Reboots and random lockups.
One thing that caught my eye was some ppl saying that the 100W power supply that these systems come with is unsufficient. The recomendation was to get a new power supply 250W.
So thats my plan. Thats what I will do, It only costs $35, almost nothing.
And if you think about it, nothing points to an obvious fault with the hardware, cause all components seem to be working right.
It could be a power supply or motherboard. But I am willing to swap the cheapest part first and see.