Pc randomly freezes, idn whats going on???

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January 7, 2010 at 14:25:13
Specs: Windows XP SP2, athlon x2/4gig667mhz
This pc keeps freezing, it doesn't matter if i'm
surfing the web or playing a game. I know its
not overheating. I have put a big fan on the
chipset, the heatsink is rated for twice the
heat output the processor puts out, 140watt
heatsink on a Athlon x2. the memory is barely
warm, there are two outtake fans plus the
power supply fan, and there is one intake fan.
when it freezes, it starts to lag really bad for 5-
20 seconds then the mouse stops moving and
it does this continuous beep that wont end.

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#1
January 7, 2010 at 14:45:59
could this be a software issue or what??? its running windows xp
sp2 and it has avg anti-virus

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#2
January 7, 2010 at 14:59:01
Despite your beliefs it sure sounds like overheating. The audible alarm is a giveaway.

Install a realtime temperature monitoring program like speedfan and watch the temps.

Is this condition something new? Develop over time, what?


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#3
January 7, 2010 at 16:05:55
I have used speedfan, the motherboards 2 temps are 93F and
95F and the cpu is 98-118F, but it freezes no matter what title
work i'm doing. I have put a small fan on the southbridge, and
a 80mm fan on the northridge, The cpu fan is set to max
speed. there are 2 60mm fans on exhaust, and the power
supply has a 180mm fan on it. Plus there is a 80mm fan
blowing in. So what do i do, this problem showed up about a
month ago, before this started happening, it had no fans
except the power supply fan and cpu fan and it ran like that
for 4-5 months before this started happening and the cpu fan
was even set at 30% speed before this all started. so if it ran
fine for 4 months with very little cooling, why is it freezing with
a good amount of cooling?

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#4
January 7, 2010 at 16:13:42
Then check the memory next. Run memtest86 from a boot disk. Get it below.

http://www.memtest.org/


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#5
January 7, 2010 at 16:15:47
I will try that, but im not near the pc with the problem right now
its at another house so I will try tomorrow be sure to check back.

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#6
January 7, 2010 at 17:43:35
This is a small extract from the links provided, links are like us, they die. If any of these links are dead, at least you have the info which you put into a search engine like Google.
http://www.ultratech-llc.com/KB/?Fi...
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=...
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http://labmice.techtarget.com/windo...
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http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.php
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http://www.microsoft.com/technet/ar...
Troubleshooting Windows STOP Errors (BSOD) and Freezes
The following issues are easily responsible for 99% of all system instability issues, particularly with Windows:
• Bad or Flaky RAM
• High CPU/Case temperatures (Insufficient cooling)
• Bad Drivers (usually with el-cheapo hardware)
• Inadequate or Dirty Power
• Overclocking (some devices cannot run out of spec)
• Improper Permissions/Rights (results in Access Denied)
• Dirty Upgrade from Win9x/ME to 2000/XP
• Virus Infection (can result in a wide variety of problems)
• Incorrect jumper settings on your hard drive
• Improperly terminated drivers and controller
• Disabled or Misconfigured Services
SYMPTOMS OF COMMON ISSUES
• Bad Drivers ............ BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or Spontaneous Reboot
• Overheating ............ Spontaneous Reboot or System Freeze
• Bad/Flaky RAM .......... Spontaneous Reboot or System Freeze or Failed Install
• Dirty Power ............ Spontaneous Reboot or System Generated Errors
• Inadequate Power ....... BSOD or Spontaneous Reboot or System Freeze
• Overclocking ........... BSOD or Spontaneous Reboot or System Freeze
• Improper Permissions ... BSOD or System Generated Errors
• Dirty upgrade .......... BSOD or System Errors or Slowness or Erratic Behavior
• Virus Infection ........ Inexplicable slowness or Highly Erratic Behavior
• Wrong Drive Settings ... Inexplicable slowness or Failed Install or Long Boot times
• Bad SCSI Termination ... Inexplicable slowness or Failed Install or Long Boot times
• Disabled Services ...... Poor System Performance or Installation Problems or Limited OS Functionality
Troubleshooting system lock-up problems
http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/Soft...
http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/Tips...
http://www.cwdixon.com/support/win9...

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#7
January 11, 2010 at 20:15:16
Well i definitely know its not overheating, and it is not the ram.
So I took my hard drive out of my other pc and put it in this one,
and it has been running for hours, so I know its a software issue
now, so what should I do.

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#8
January 11, 2010 at 21:08:16
Disable all your startups & renable one by one after a reboot to isolate the program.

START-UP APPLICATIONS
DO YOU REALLY NEED ALL OF THEM?
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startu...
http://www.sysinfo.org/startupinfo....
http://www.windowsstartup.com/wso/s...

How to deal with startup processes – do not use MSconfig
Why you should not be using MSconfig to control startups!!
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showth...

I use Startup Control Panel
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml


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#9
January 12, 2010 at 23:06:35
its not anything in startup, it seems to only happen, when i try to
quit 3d video games, or when i'm playing music for a couple
minutes, and also very randomly when running google chrome.

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#10
January 13, 2010 at 01:25:50
"So I took my hard drive out of my other pc and put it in this one,
and it has been running for hours, so I know its a software issue
now, so what should I do."

Did you try swapping the other way around?


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#11
January 13, 2010 at 02:41:35
what you mean by the other way around? Do you mean put the
bad desktops HD in the good desktop?

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#12
January 13, 2010 at 04:41:06
"what you mean by the other way around? Do you mean put the
bad desktops HD in the good desktop?"

Yes.


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#13
January 13, 2010 at 05:17:11
Even considering everything else, still consider heat as an issue. You should not be satisfied with the temperatures you posted. I do not know your processor, but it seems high to me. You may not have proper thermal contact between your CPU and your heatsink/fan. Try resetting your cpu heatsink with a premium thermal compound and check for flatness of both surfaces.

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#14
January 13, 2010 at 10:48:49
as far as the processor goes, it should be stable at anything
below 120F, and I ran GTA IV which is very demanding for the
desktop I was working on, for a long time with no problem, I also
tried running halo, and i let it sit idle for an hour. I'm gonna try
swapping HD's today with my good desktop.

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#15
January 13, 2010 at 23:24:34
I backed up everything and I reninstalled windows, and it runs
fine, until i caught a virus again (stupid me for not installing anti-
virus right away). But otherwise it works.

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#16
January 14, 2010 at 08:39:33
Get behind a hardware firewall (router). That may stop much of your exposure to nasties. Of course surfing questionable sites can result in getting more from that site than bargained for.

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#17
January 14, 2010 at 14:14:49
I know how to prevent virus's its someone else computer and
they are pc noobs, so they always have me help them, I just was
stupid because I was hurrying and didnt install avg right away.
They should be happy they have free tech support.

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#18
February 10, 2010 at 11:29:02
gadgeteer, did you ever find the cause. I have the exact same problem in my environment. It has been happening over the last 2 months, about 10 computers. I exhausted all of the hardware troubleshooting as I could not find anything wrong. Re imaging always solves the problem so I know it is software related but I have not yet been able to determine the cause!

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#19
March 15, 2010 at 14:28:55
well I found out it was a virus that was hidden in a screensaver I
was using, it took me 3 re-installs to find it. It didn't show up in
any virus scans, but i rounded it down to a specific file by myself
which took 2 days.

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