Computer Freezes at Startup every other time

August 3, 2009 at 13:32:43
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition SP3
I have a Custom Built PC with Windows XP Home Edition SP3 and it freezes after about 1-2 minutes of start-up, but it only happens every other time I turn on the computer. Every now and then I will get a blue screen. Everyday in order to get my computer working properly I have to turn it on, wait for it to freeze then hard reset it, then it usually works after that.

(This problem continued to happen after an installation of Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Even with an WipeDrive overwrite)

How it freezes: It utterly just stops, nothings loading it just abruptly stops forever till you hard reset it.

Hardware -
Current OS: OEM Windows XP Home Edition w/SP3
CPU: Intel Core 2 Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
Ram: G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Hard Drive: 1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD322HJ
PSU: Antec TPQ-850 850W
Motherboard: EVGA Nvidia nForce 780i SLI ATX
Graphics Card: 1 EVGA 8800GT 512-but

How do I stop the frequent freezing?!?

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August 3, 2009 at 14:02:56
The simple answer is get a new system.

It tends to be difficult to discover crashes if you don't have event logs or dump logs.

You can run a diag suite on it
Do troubleshooting by removing parts to the bare bones and test again.
Set bios settings to slowest.
Check power supply.
Reseat all that can be reseated.
Pull hair out and go mad.
Check temps with laser type heat temp or other onboard devices.
Run linux and I suspect will do it again.
Replace parts, start with ide cables.
Pull hair out and go mad.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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August 4, 2009 at 11:23:03
If this is only happening when the system is powered off for quite a while and is cool, that is usually an indication of a flakey connection. It could be 'anywhere' on the motherboard, but I would try 'carefully' reseating the RAM sticks. If you have more than one RAM stick, try running with one at a time.

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