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Random Lockups

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

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  1. bbq112

    bbq112 Thread Starter

    Jan 26, 2006

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

    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


    May 10, 2007
    what do you mean by lock-ups?
  3. bbq112

    bbq112 Thread Starter

    Jan 26, 2006
    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

    Jan 2, 2001
    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


    Oct 27, 2004
    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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