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Solved: XP Freezes every 30 min

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  1. **__**

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    I have Win XP with two hard drives installed and two ROM drives also. No matter on which hard drive I run XP, after half an hour or so while watching a movie from a disk, or playing games, the computer freezes within 30 - 40 minutes after being started up. So I always need to restart the computer just to continue what I was doing. Any ideas why this might be happening?
    Thanks.
     
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    This problem only happens when playing games. When the computer runs videos or does other things, it rarely freezes ever, but when a game is running, the computer freezes within 10-15 minutes. When the computer is frozen, I can't move the mouse or do anything on the keyboard, and the HDD L.E.D on the computer stays solid red and doesn't flash or turn off. Why may this be happening?
     
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    Games run the CPU harder.
    It is likely to be overheating.
    Check the heatsink and fan.
     
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    I found out another issue... after I log into windows and wait, after the floppy drive reads automatically for 3 seconds, right after that, the computer freezes and the HDD L.e.d stays red. I also ran windows memory diagnostic utility to test the memory, and while it was running in DOS mode, everything was fine. Then when I came back to check on it a half hour later, the computer was frozen and I had to restart. Can this be a problem with the memory, because also when I start the computer, it takes around 5 or more seconds for the computer to do it's memory test (shouldn't it take less time to do that memory test right after the computer is booted up?).
     
  5. crjdriver

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    Each motherboard is a little different in how it does a mem check. Many boards even have an option to do a quick boot and bypass the mem check.

    Next post your exact system specs; ie make and model of mb, brand, speed, and amount of ram, brand and wattage of pw supply, etc, etc, etc. If possible provide links to your parts.

    Check your temps in the bios and post the results here.
     
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    The problem is now fixed, the issue was that one 256 mb memory card caused the computer to freeze. That was replaced and everything now works fine. Thanks.
     
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    Good job (y)
     
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