System freezes during windows install

September 10, 2011 at 14:25:22
Specs: Windows Xp/Vista, AMD Phenom 9950 quad-core/4GBRAM
Hello,
This problem started a while back. The operating system started to freeze ( back then it was windows vista). The solution was to restart the pc. It froze during the booting process but after a few attempts it worked.
The problem got more frequent and I couldn't start the OS.
I've tried to reinstall windows and after installation it worked for about a week then froze again.
I've tried windows XP with the same result.
Now It freezes every other day.
Today I've tried to reinstall windows but it freezes during the install process.
I've tried to update my Bios. Unfortunately it doesn't recognizes the processor so I had to recover my original Bios version.
I thought that the problem might be with the hard drive so I've bought a new one but the problem remains.
Any thoughts???

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#1
September 10, 2011 at 14:47:35
Could be a motherboard or RAM issue. Very similar problems occur with the "bad caps" issue:

http://www.badcaps.net/pages.php?vid=5

Wouldn't hurt to open up the system and check for bulging caps first. If all appears OK, try replacing RAM. Avoid trying to update the BIOS unless you're absolutely sure you know the dangers of doing so.

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#2
September 10, 2011 at 17:45:32
You can try memory diagnostics or memtest. Test the hard drive also. It may be the drive controller is going bad.

If a clean install fails then it could be some part on the motherboard is failing.

Might be bios settings. See if failsafe or default will improve. Might need to adjust for memory or cpu but it gets technical.

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#3
September 10, 2011 at 20:16:33
My bet is on a bad memory stick or possibly a hard drive that is going so I would test for these first.

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#4
September 11, 2011 at 06:25:48
I have Hirens Boot Cd and I've performed all the tests. All hardware pass the tests except Memory.
I did check last night the capacitors and they do look bad to me but I can't change them. So I'll have to get the PC to a service.
Thank you for all the answers. I'll let you know what happens :)

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#5
September 11, 2011 at 08:39:25
Forget that cap deal for now unless you do see a very obvious sign of damage. Some caps are not exactly pretty brand new so don't let the shape fool you. Only testing can prove or disprove.

"All hardware pass the tests except Memory."

If you have the vista dvd you can run memory diagnostics or get memtest and try that memory test again.

It has to pass the memory tests and it has to run on memtest a few days to prove memory is good. Even one error in a hour is bad and can slowly destroy your data.

Fix memory first.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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