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Computer freezes regularly

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chemtyra, Oct 20, 2008.

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  1. chemtyra

    chemtyra Thread Starter

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    I would appreciate any help. I have been troubleshooting my computer off and on for nearly 3 weeks. I am thinking most likely it is a hardware problem.
    The computer will nearly always freeze within 10 minutes of booting up. Sometimes it doesn't even make it into windows. I am fairly computer savvy having built 4-5 computers in the past. I have reinstalled the operating system on several occasions as I have been getting propblems with corrupt system files.

    System specs
    ASUS A8N-SLI premium
    AMD FX-55 64 bit processor
    2 chips of Corsair 1gig ram XMS3200 400MHz
    2 500GB WD SATA drives
    EVGA GeForce 7800 GTX 256 MB PCI-E
    PC Power and Cooling Turbo-Cool 1 kW power supply.

    I have ran WD full HD diagnostic and it says everything is fine with no errors detected.

    I would like any ideas or other diagnostic utilities to run, preferably free.

    Thank you
     
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    " I have reinstalled the operating system on several occasions as I have been getting propblems with corrupt system files."

    Sounds as if your installation cd/dvd might be bad..........................
     
  4. chemtyra

    chemtyra Thread Starter

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    Bad installation is not the problem. I tried twice with disc I bought for the computer. I also have tried installations from 2 other discs. One from a friend, another a disc I had from a previous computer. In between each install, I deleted the partitions and reformatted the drive.
     
  5. markomus

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    AFTER you've tried the above memory testing and some of the other suggestions sure to follow mine, try this: This is a bit of a long shot, and I'm probably wrong, but using the extreme caution you've learned through building other computers, do this:

    1. Flash the BIOS to the latest update (obtain from a computer outside your house).
    2. Use the newly flashed computer to zero out your hard drives with Kill Disk (not just delete partitions/reformat; again, obtain Kill Disk from outside your house).
    3. Attempt installation.

    IF on the off chance I'm correct and you've ruled out the memory and the PSU, then you could have a BIOS virus. If it's a clever one, then it will put copies of itself on your HD even when you remove partitions/reformat. You'll then want to flash the BIOS and zero out. Does that make sense?
     
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