Computer Keeps Randomly Locking Up

March 9, 2009 at 11:23:38
Specs: Windows XP
PC randomly locks up when doing tasks,
Generally when downloading and playing games.
I've tried uninstalling/Reinstalling my GFX Card drivers,
Bought a new motherboard
Taken my GFX Card out and used the onboard card and it still crashes, Mouses freezes and whatever sound is coming out the speakers stutters and repeats.

Win XP Home SP3,
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
4GB GeIL DDR2 667MHz RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H

//Isaac Kingsley


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#1
March 9, 2009 at 13:13:18
You have 4 GB of RAM.????
Just to say, that XP Home Ed. cannot handle that.
I wonder what's happening with that.
You may want to confirm what XP sees.

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#2
March 9, 2009 at 14:09:05
Post your temperatures.

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#3
March 9, 2009 at 15:12:36
Sounds to me like your HD has gone south

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#4
March 9, 2009 at 15:31:04
Yea i know 32bit systems cant support the whole 4GB
I have access to 3025MB or something like that

As of NOW
CPU 0 d Celcius
GPU 55 d Celcius
Sys 54 d Celcius
Aux?(Dunno what this one is) 92 d Celcius
Hd0 43 d Celcius
Hd1 49 D Celcius
Temps in Degrees Celcius


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#5
March 9, 2009 at 15:42:47
That 92C looks bad, I wonder if it's the CPU. Programs don't always give accurate readings. Check the temperatures in the bios.

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#6
March 9, 2009 at 15:56:15
Bios said
System: 53
CPU: 72

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#7
March 9, 2009 at 19:45:21
See event viewer logs.

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#8
March 9, 2009 at 20:29:37
CPU: 72 is way too high. If this is a fairly new install, it might be that a poor job was done applying the thermal compound (too much probably) between the CPU and heatsink.

Of course 53 is pretty high for the system also. Check the power supply fan, and see if there is good air flow through the PS.


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#9
March 10, 2009 at 09:02:28
Where could i get a new thermal pad from?
The air supply is decent, nothing obstructing,
I may invest in a new PSU and Case fan as i only have a CPU Stock fan

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#10
March 10, 2009 at 09:14:35
one question....is SP3 installed? if so, that could be your problem for some of the lockups and freezing.

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#11
March 10, 2009 at 10:51:55
Could your box just need a good cleaning? That might be something to try first. Use a can of compressed air, or an air compressor with the pressure turned down enough so damage isn't done by too much force. Do not use a vacuum cleaner, they can create static which can do damage.

A high quality (quiet) case fan is also a pretty good idea. Spend a little extra and get a good quiet one.

The aim should be to get your system temperature down into the 30s and the CPU temperature in the 40s, or at least the 50s.


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#12
March 10, 2009 at 19:14:48
The 72C doesn't sound good to me either. Just go with aegis's advice.

If you still have problems, I'd test the RAM with Memtest86.

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