This is my first post here, as it seems like the people on this forum are very helpful. This post is kinda long, but I want to include every possible detail in this situation. My parents bought an HP media center edition PC almost 5 years ago. It was running Vista Home Premium, and it ran very well for some time. But in the last month or so, it's crashed a lot and has had multiple blue screens. It eventually came to the point where it wouldn't even boot anymore. So, I purchased a copy of 7, backed up the HDD and did a clean install. Well, it refused to boot. It would stay stuck on a black screen with a flashing cursor in the top left corner of the monitor. I suspected the graphics card, opened up the case, and found that the capacitors on the card itself had leaked. I think the fan on the card might have died and the card overheated. Anyway, I took it out and inspected the rest of the hardware. It all looked O.K, so I closed it up, turned it on, and I booted. But..... it didn't end there. Windows 7 was working fine at first. I installed updates, drivers, etc. I was installing some program when I got the first BSOD. Rebooted, same thing happened. Tried unplugging unnecessary components. Still, I got the BSOD. It crashed maybe 8-10 times. I then wanted to give Vista a try, just to see if that worked. So I wiped the drive again, installed vista. Halfway through the install, BSOD. I had to restart the installation 3 times to get it to work. Once it finally finished, I started updating it and installed the necessary drivers. Vista works for about 10-30 minutes, the the entire system freezes and I have to force reboot it. Then Vista kept getting various BSOD's after reboot and while I'm using it. I'm so puzzled right now. I think its a hardware conflict, but I don't even know where to begin. I'm normally pretty good at finding a solution to problems such as this, but I am really stuck on this one. Does anyone know what is most likely the problem? Does anyone have any suggestions to what is causing this? Your reply's are much appreciated!
HP Pavilion Media Center m8300f PC
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 6000 3.0Ghz
NVIDIA nForce 430 Chipset
500Gb HDD- SATA
DVD/CD Burner- SATA