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Random Lockups

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bbq112, Jun 29, 2007.

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  1. bbq112

    bbq112 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    My System Specs:
    Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz
    1 gig DDR II
    GigaByte GA-8I945 GMF
    LG DVD-RW
    LG CD-RW
    Western Digital 80GB
    Maxtor 160GB
    500W PSU
    Windows XP SP2

    Fans:
    CPU Fan
    Front Fan
    Back Fan

    My Problem:
    For the last few weeks my computer suffers from Random Lock-ups.
    I have made the following test:
    1. Memtest-more than 3 passes.
    2. HD Tests with the manufactor's diagnostic utilities: Data Lifeguard and Seatools.
    3. I have tested the computer with only a single Memory chip at a time(3 Mem Chips), but the lockups still happen
    4. I have made full formats on both hard drives and made a clean install of XP SP2
    5. I have used Passmark BurnInTest, and couldn't finish the tests due to lockups.
    6. I have opened the case in order to put a real Fan(big one) outside the case.

    I am currently out of Ideas what can be the problem: Heat Related, PSU, CPU, Motherboard or something else.
     
  2. andyspeake

    andyspeake

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    what do you mean by lock-ups?
     
  3. bbq112

    bbq112 Thread Starter

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    When a random lockup happens the display freezes(you can see the last display), the sound freezes(you hear: trtrtrtrt:) ), the keyboard and mouse don't respond, Ctrl+alt+delete doesn't work, I can hear that the Hard Drive operation stops....

    It happens completely in random operations and with different programs, it even happens when the computer is idle.
     
  4. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

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    Some things to check.
    1 Check your temps in the bios right after a lockup / reboot.
    2 Swap in a known good power supply of good quality ie anteck enermax, coolmax, or sparkle. Another option here is to test yours with a ps tester like this one
    3 Give the board a very close inspection with a bright light. Look for any leaking / bulging capacitors on the board. If you find one, you have found your problem.

    FWIW gigabyte boards seem to have problems after 1-2 years. At that point the failure rate goes up very fast.
     
  5. dick471

    dick471

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    There is another item that happened to me last night. Today I'm having lock-ups in W2000. I had just defrag my "C" drive and decided to defrag my system files during boot---NFG! Caused lock-ups today. Restored using TI-10 and did not defrag system files---works perfectly!
     
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