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Computer Freezes Randomly ** Tried Everything **

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jean061402, Feb 19, 2005.

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  1. jean061402

    jean061402 Thread Starter

    Feb 19, 2005
    I have been working on this computer for a couple of months. It started out just freezing up here and there & now it freezes so often I can hardly use the computer. It freezes when on internet, when using any software or when doing noting or just clicking on my programs will cause it to freeze. It freezes anywhere between a few minutes of use to an hour of use. It does not show any messages it just stops and will not even react to CTRL & Alt & DEL. I can not directly relate the freezing to any particular cause (software, etc..) Because of this I believe it may be a hardware problem. Here is the information about my computer.

    -Intel Pentinum 4 CPU 1.79 GHZ / 1800 mghz
    -512 Ram ( 2 - 256 each) same kind
    -2 Hard Drives ( 160 & 232 divided 3 partitions)
    -ACPI uniprocessor
    -AOPEN ATX 300gt power supply
    -sony cd rw drv 710 a
    -I think rage fury video card
    -Cable Modem with latest version of Internet Explorer
    -Windows XP Pro ver 2002 with serviec pack 2

    I also have 2 external drives that I disconnected since problems began
    I also have a usb hub that I have disconnected since problems began
    Printer / Scanner & Firewire card have also been removed since problems began

    I currently have:
    Ad Aware updated and try to use regularly
    Spy Bot updated and try to use regularly
    K Anti Virus and try to use regularly

    I have also run hijak this searching for possible problems with programs that run at startup but all items are legitmate
    Since beginning my troubleshooting a couple of months ago I have:
    formatted both Hard drives two times & reinstalled win xp
    I hardly have any programs installed now
    cleaned out inside of computer and had a new fan put in
    Cleaned & Defragmented C

    I have checked in device manager and looked for conflicting devices and checked all drivers --they all seem to be current and all devices are working properly

    I had a cd reader and a floppy drive that were not working & had them unhooked also

    I do not know what I should do next --or what I should try to trouble shoot next

    The computer is only around 3yrs old & I think it is a good size and fast system to give up on
    PLEASE any suggestions or assistance would be appreciated
    Thanks in advanced
    [email protected]
  2. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    The usual suspects:

    - Heat
    - Memory failure
    - Video Card Failure ( or loose )
    - Power Supply Failure
    - HDD failure
    - MotherBoard failure - particularly if cd's quit working

    First thing I would do is run a memory test ( Google memtest86 )
    then run hard drive diagnostics ( available from the manufacturer)
    Reinstall the OS to rule out software problems
    change out the Power Supply

  3. brite750


    Mar 16, 2002
    just for a simple test, play around on it in safe mode, that is if XP has that, this might tell you if its a driver problem, worth a shot. if it still locks up in safe mode then you probably have a hw issue.
    definately test your mem, thats my first suspect, then psu, then hdd
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