What is causing my computer to freeze?

Intel / Awrdacpi
August 25, 2011 at 15:09:59
Specs: Windows XP, 2.7 GHz / 1023 MB
For a long time now (probably over 4 years) my computer freezes many times throughout the day.

I have brought it in to be serviced and they could not find the problem. Nothing in particular makes it freeze. Sometimes it even freezes while its booting up!

I live in the country now, where I am limited to 250MB downloading per day. Between 1am - 6am I can download as much as I want. So I have my UTorrent schedular set to only download within these hours, but I have to wake up many times during the night to reboot the computer.

Any suggestions?


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#1
August 25, 2011 at 19:29:27
Test your memory with Memtest. This definitely sounds like a memory problem. No errors are acceptable. If you get errors then retest with one stick of memory at a time. Replace dual channel memory in pairs.
If not memory then test your hard drive with hard drive utility from the hard drive manufacturer.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
August 29, 2011 at 12:03:20
I'm not really sure what to do with that... I found something called Memtest86+ and downloaded 'Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)' Now what do I do with it? I can't seem to open it, as I do not know what program to use...


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#3
August 29, 2011 at 22:07:27
Use your burning software to burn a bootable CD (burn ISO image, not copy files or it will not be bootable). Set your computer to boot from CD/DVD drive before your hard drive (in your BIOS) and put in the disk and restart (you may need to 'hit any key to boot from CD'). This should load Memtest86 and run directly from the CD and a small amount of your memory and run the test.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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