pc keeps freezing

Gigabyte / Ep45-ud3p
January 30, 2010 at 21:03:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.833 GHz / 3326 MB
my pc keeps freezing at random intervals while
in os. if im playing a game then i have to do a
hard reset.
i tested my memory it came back good.
does anybody have any idea what could be
causing this random freezing?

i'm also running 2 hard drives in raid and
they're NOT identical

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January 30, 2010 at 22:54:30
mellowtrax, is it really freezing or just getting extremely slow and buffering things due to memory being used up? How long since you defragged? Possible you could have a worm/trojan? Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed Dunno about Windows 7..
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Have you deleted temporary files? A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (it can also handle .tmp files when ticked. Not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often.
Ed in Texas.

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January 31, 2010 at 06:51:59
hey thanks Ed
well the memory is brand new and yea it just freezes.
but i'll try that superantispyware and i run CCleaner on my pc

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January 31, 2010 at 22:47:42
I did read somewhere that RAID drives should be identical but since I do not use them I do not know for sure if that will cause the problem you are having, though it is certainly possible.
Check for Virus/Malware, disk clean up, and defrag (or can you defrag in raid??? Don't know.)
Also do you have enough virtual memory (swap space)? If you upgraded your RAM but did not change your settings, you might have more RAM than swap space.... that could cause problems during gaming. Set your virtual memory to 2 or 2 1/2 times RAM and see if that helps. Also during gaming graphics play a major role, is your graphics card or it's settings up to what you are playing? Check the game's settings and see if you can turn them down a little and see if that helps.

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February 1, 2010 at 06:54:06
thanks for the advice.
i run antispyware/malware, disk cleanup and registry cleanup almost everyday
i set the virtual memory to 2 1/2 and the graphics card should be fine i just purchased it. It's brand new Radeon HD 5770 it handles all games very well and stays very cool while doing it too. I'm running Disk Defrag right now

**When the freezes happen while im just messing around in OS (Microsoft XP) the way i know it freezes is because i play music and the pc freezes for about 3 seconds the sound repeats my mouse freezes then goes back to normal i don't even have to be doing anything just leave winamp on and streaming and the freezes still happen**

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February 1, 2010 at 10:18:26
Stay with this thread. I removed your new post on the same topic.

You haven't provided enough information in this thread. Post ALL your hardware by model numbers including the 2 hard drives and your power supply.

What SP do you have installed? Are you using RAID 0 then?

What program did you use to test your RAM and how long did you let it run?

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February 1, 2010 at 14:58:31
CPU: BX80569Q9550
RAM: F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
GPU: 100283L
HDD: HDP725016GLA380

Running Windows XP Home Edition SP3
Yes using RAID0
Memtest86+ was used and it ran for about 3 hours

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February 1, 2010 at 16:40:40
Most of your components are quality goods. However, the Hitachi is not. Putting that drive in a RAID0 array with the raptor is, at the least, dragging the raptor down. Could be the cause of the lockups to.

I suggest you run the OS on the Raptor alone and use the Hitachi for backups or data. That is all it is good for.

Running an array that far out of sync is just asking for trouble.

I would be the system would be faster with the Raptor alone than it is now.

Also, you should configure the RAM manually. That RAM uses way more voltage than JEDEC specs of 1.8V. I think you should be running your RAM at half the CPU bus speed (1333).

Your PSU has plenty of juice but you should still balance the loads. You have 2 12V rails. Use the power connector that goes directly to the motherboard (4/8 pin) off one rail and the graphics card off the other.

Your CPU draws 95W (7.92A) & the graphics card 108W (9A)

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February 2, 2010 at 12:48:35
Thanks man
I got rid of the Hitachi haven't experienced any lockups yet *fingers crossed*
And i configured ram to the stock. I'm just running at the speeds it shows 5-5-5-15 CR=2T
And as for PSU I think it's connected as you stated above.
once again thanks
the RPMs of the hdds were far out of sync huh?

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February 2, 2010 at 13:32:03
Raptor 150GB 10,000RPM 16MB cache 4.2ms seek time

Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM 8MB cache
8.5ms seek time

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