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Computer Freezing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nanootrev, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Nanootrev

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    I've recieved a computer from a friend which had problems.

    At first it wouldn't load windows and kept Freezing. The DVD drive was making a lot of noise and then stopping suddenly. I managed to boot windows by leaving the tray draw open.

    Then i replaced the DVD drive with one that i knew that works and managed to Reload windows on to it. It loads up ok, then freezes after 5 mins. I tried XP SP2 initially and it Froze. Then i loaded Vista Ultimate and it still freezes. Can anyone help?

    The pc has a 2.4ghz processor
    1gig of memory
    80 gig Hard drive
    I have tried clearing the Bios jumper.

    Suggestions please?

    Thank you in advance
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    Have you tried reseating the RAM and the rest of the connectors? What about download and running a free burn-in test (that you boot from) to test the RAM, MB, VC, etc?

    -Ken
     
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  3. Sparky
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    Is the DVD drive IDE? If so is it using the same cable as the HD?

    Anything in the event logs?
     
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  4. Nanootrev

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    hi Sparky,

    Thanks for your reply

    Yes it is IDE but its on a seperate cable to the hard drive.

    Nanootrev
     
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  5. Sparky
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    Ok, perhaps move any hardware that you dont need to boot the PC. Check the event logs as well there might be an application running in the background that is causing the issue (e.g Anti-Virus software)

    Is there only one DIMM for the RAM?
     
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  6. Nanootrev

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    Hi Ken

    Thanks for the reply. I have reseated everything and changed cables around as well

    I havent tried burn-in test.

    I will look for one now and try to use it

    Thanks again, i will come back to you

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  7. Notes_Bloke

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    Have you tried a different hard disk?

    NB
     
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  8. Nanootrev

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    Notes bloke

    Yes, i have swopped hard drives and it still happens

    Thanks
     
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  9. Notes_Bloke

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    Is the cpu fan/heatsink seated correctly and secure?

    Also, have you checked that the cpu fan spins?

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  10. Bluerinse
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    Aye, it sounds like a temp problem, ie overheating :rolleyes:
     
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  11. del_port

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    Heat is the obvious thing to think of, the pc is more than 5 years old at the moment,may never have been cleared of dust in it's lifetime,thermal paste on the processor core dried up 3 or 4 years ago too no doubt leading to increased temperature.It's just a thought,not definitive.

    Try speedfan and check your overall temperatures
    http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php
    To me there isn't any logic i can see in the "i left the drive tray open comment" the drive is still physically attached in every way,it's connected by the ide cable to the motherboard and also has power connected if the tray is open or closed,the tray being open or closed shouldn't make a single bit of difference.
     
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  12. elli5on

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    I had exactly the same issue with a customer's PC in which it would freeze at random times whilst general Computing.

    After numerous hours of interigating the damn thing, it turned out to be a wireless Keyboard and mouse USB sensor which was causing the problem.

    Have you stripped down to the basics??? Tried running the maching outside of its case??? Booted it up without the DVD drive connected??? What temperature's are you getting for your CPU etc????

    Last Ditch may be pointing to your motherboard.

    Regards

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  13. Darkfunnyguy

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    First I would completely disconnect the both power and ide cables from your dvd and load up your pc. If it still freezes although it is mostly like a hardware problem anyway. Load your pc and if you can bring the task manager and click on performance tab see what the cpu usage and memory. Also bring up the performance tool in Administrative tools and check the memory, cpu and hard disk and tell us what it is the averages.
    Other reason coudl be a software installed that has using a lots of the cpu causing to freezes.
     
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  14. Darkfunnyguy

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    other reason already mentioned the temperature of cpu or other possible hardware.
     
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  15. Qs

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    ...Or it could be that it's -2 degrees Celsius and snowing like a mofo!


    Ahem, sorry...
     
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    lol, overclock the ****** to the max
     
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  17. wizard

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    Take it out of the freezer :twisted:
     
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  18. Qs

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    Sorry matey, that joke-ship has sailed. :p

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  19. wizard

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    I hope Si is charging you ground rent for the tent you've put up :p
     
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