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    Ok this is a slightly long story, but please bear with me. Iím putting in every detail in the hope that someone can work out whatís going on. My motherís computer kept turning itself on and off, so I said Iíd have a look at it. At first I suspected that a piece of dirt had got into the microswitch which sends the wake up signal to the mainboard, so I opened it up and gave it all a good clean, including reseating the heatsink on the cpu with some better thermal material as it had been running hot. During this, due to the terrible design and assembly of anything made by dell, a few of the pins on the CPU got bent. I bent them back, put it back in its socket, and went to start it back up. It booted fine up until the point where the graphics card kicks in, at which point it gave out a random BSOD, a different one each time. It would boot fine into safe mode. So thinking the graphics card had been knocked I went to open it back up again, when the PSU gave me a shock through its outer casing. After doing this, it went slightly haywire and kept powering up on its own, but with nothing happening. That is until I took out an unused PCI peripheral, at which point it booted fine all the way into windows as normal.

    At this point I realised that the PSU had packed in, as it was shorting into the case and powering its self up. I also figured the problems with the BSOD where due to it not putting out enough power, as it only occurred when the graphics card tried to fully fire up. This would also explain why removing the extra peripheral after the short let it boot, as there was a lower load on the supply.

    So I got a new supply, a 400W corsair one which is more than enough for the system, and installed it. I went to boot, and it froze on the bios. I tried again, and it got part way through before BSOD. This occurred the next few times, until one time it booted into safe mode. Now it boots fine into safe mode every time. When I try to load windows normally, it gets past the log in and sits on an icon-less desktop for a while, with all processes loaded, until it once again does a BSOD. The windows registry also keeps getting damaged (on both safe and normal mode).

    Iím at a loss at this point to explain what is happening, if it didnít run fine in safe mode I would think itís the CPU or mainboard (especially afer the pin incident). I'd suspect the graphics card, except the problem doesnít change when I disable it. The BSOD messages I can recall have been "PAGE_FAILURE_IN_NON_PAGE_AREA", "IRQ_LESS_THAN_OR_NOT_EQUAL", "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT_FAILURE", and several unspecified errors. I suspect something has been fried by the faulty PSU, but Iím not sure what. Does anyone have any ideas?
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    wow, what a mess.

    Test the mem then HDD next.

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    I have tested the HDDs already and both came up clean, I shall test the memory later today and post the result.
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    Ok, the memory test was clean on the standart test with cache on and off, and on the extended with the cahche off. But, I went back to it again and ran the standard (cache) on test, and there was a series of errors and the memory tester crashed. This confuses me somewhat, as 12hours or so of testing found nothing wrong
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