Old hardware/software config begins freezing

July 14, 2010 at 13:02:08
Specs: Windows XP 64 bit

My 2.5 year old custom built desktop began freezing randomly within 4-8 minutes after power on. This occurs in standard windows or safe mode. I tried replacing the HDD and reinstalling windows (several different versions: 64 bit XP which worked for years and 64 bit 7 (2 versions). The PC still freezes during windows intillation, regardless of the version. Any ideas on the issue? I'm thinking hardware for sure

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July 14, 2010 at 14:59:05
That sounds like your computer is overheating. Boot into the BIOS screens and check the temperatures. You could have a fan that is failing or is full of dirt/ dust. Open the case and look.

If dust is the issue then clean using compressed air from a can or compressor. DO NOT use a vacuum cleaner as it can damage the sensitive components.

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July 15, 2010 at 07:02:29
Thanks for the tip. I did clean the case thoroughly with duster. I also upgraded my power supply yesterday. I know it's not the HDD or power supply. It is really strange, I was able to get a little farther in the windows instillation than prior to the HDD. I think the fan is still functional too. Any other ideas/things to look at?



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July 15, 2010 at 13:09:37
But did you actually check the system temperatures? There are many possible reasons for overheating. You need to check the temps in the BIOS.

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July 15, 2010 at 13:34:48
I'll be sure to check that when I get home. I have seen them before. What is a reasonable operating temp? I would assume just ambient. With only the bios running I can't imagine it'll get too hot, but we'll see!

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