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Computer freezing hardware/software?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jaxxsthepirate, Oct 9, 2009.

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  1. jaxxsthepirate

    jaxxsthepirate Thread Starter

    Oct 9, 2009
    Hello Folks,

    I had a computer built for me about a year ago and from the get go it has been freezing up on me, no help from the person who built it for me so I am learning as I go. When I first got it would only freeze once or twice every couple of days so I did not think anything of it. But it has gotten to the point where it will freeze every 5 minutes and I have to cut the power, let it sit for a bit and then turn it back on to get it to run again. If I let the system sit powered on after it freezes it will go to a black screen and ask me to insert boot media and press any key.

    Let me summarize what I have tried up to this point trying to fix it.

    Reformatted 4 time over the last 6 months, I am waiting for windows 7 before I try this again

    Updated every driver I can find

    Updated the BIOS

    Switched from 2GB DataA single channel memory to Kingston 2GB dual channel

    Applied a non-stock CPU heat sink reducing the CPU temp from 51C to 34C and the load temp from 60C+ to 48C

    Downloaded memtest86 and ran it, no problems found

    Downloaded the Seagate diagnostic tool and ran all tests, no problems found

    I run AVG free edition and no virus have been fround

    I run Spybot and super anti-spyware, both no problems found

    I am totally stumped because I can not find any error logs or do I get any error messages to guide me to what is wrong. How can I find out what is wrong with my system? What I would like to avoid is to just start guessing at parts and buying and replacing at random, can I avoid this?


    Processor – Intel core 2 quad Q9450 http://processorfinder.intel.com/details.aspx?sSpec=SLAWR

    CPU heat sink – Zalman cnps9500 AT http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003

    Motherboard – Foxconn x38a http://www.foxconnchannel.com/Product/Motherboards/detail_overview.aspx?ID=en-us0000355

    Memory – 4GB DDR2 800 dual channel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104001

    GPU – Nvidia 9800 GTX+ w/ 512 MB

    Case – Antec 900 black steel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    Storage- Seagate barracuda 7200 500GB http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/desktops/barracuda_hard_drives/barracuda_7200.11/

    750W power supply

    Audio SB Xfi


    Vcore 1.240V
    Vdimm 1.856
    Vmch 1.264 V
    5V 1.239 V
    12V 12.320 V
    3.3V 3.432 V
    VCC 3.424
    VSB 3.424
    VBAT 3.120
  2. jaxxsthepirate

    jaxxsthepirate Thread Starter

    Oct 9, 2009
    Today I changed the power supply to a CoolMaster Silent Pro M 700W, it is able to provide much more current that my old power supply. So I can not cross the power supply off the list of reasons why my system is freezing.
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