why does my computer keep freezing

March 1, 2011 at 11:08:58
Specs: Windows 7
I have a Dell computer and about 3 months ago I wiped it and reinstalled Windows 7 on it. It worked fine for about a month then it started to run slow so i removed some files i had that i wasnt using and it was back to normal. A couple of days later it came to the windows screen but i didnt have any icons on the desktop i didnt pay it any attention at first but then it wouldnt let me put them back on so i googled it and it said my video card was bad so i got another one and still the same problem. So a week later it just started freezing up not to bad tho. then it started getting worse to the point that i had to turn the power off like 5-6 times before i could get back to windows startup screen. When it did allow me i googled it and it said that it could be a lot of different things. Ive tried virus scans, restoring it to an earlier state removing more programs, and tests that said that my hard drive was bad. Now i have a new hard drive and its still freezing up before i can format the new hard drive. Im hoping its not my mobo...can anybody HELP ME?????

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March 1, 2011 at 11:11:08
Oh and also the keyboard and mouse doesnt work when it freezes so i have to turn it off!

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March 1, 2011 at 11:27:07
You put Vista II (Windows7) on a used Dell huh? Hmmmm....

How old is it? Laptop / Desktop? Model #?

Freezing is usually a sign of a hardware issue.

- You could check Windows Event log for errors, if you can even get into Windows, regular Mode or Safe Mode.

- Check your MOBO for bad capacitors: http://www.thenakedpc.com/dan/Bulgi...

- You could possibly try the Dell Diagnostics (boot to Dell Drivers & Utilities CD, or d/l it off Dell's site & make a bootable CD via an *.iso) as well to test the hardware.

Freezing could be a wide range of things: overheating (bad fans), bad motherboard, loose CPUs/heat sinks, bad RAM, hard drive, video card, CD/DVD ROM drive, Power Supply, bad cable connection(s), corrupt OS, virus, etc.

I've even seen a Dell laptop freeze up due to a tiny little defective modem card.

Post back with the results.

Just another stupid saying...

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