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Computer freezes 3-4 min after startup

By ReconGhost
Jun 21, 2012
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  1. Every time I turn my computer on around three to four minutes after startup it freezes on me. At first I thought that it might be a software or virus but it froze even when I went straight to the BIOS menu and left it there. I custom built this computer and have had it for about three years.
     
  2. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    Try running a software program such as Hiren CD to check your harddrive, and memtest for your memory. If you are able to get the computer to stay on long enough. If not try swapping out your memory. To see if this helps Plus try another hard drive if possible. Same with cd rom, Video card. Unplug anything you may have hook to the computer such as printers and so forth. Check your motherboard for blown capacitors. Bye doing this you may stummble across what is causeing this if it is hardware related. Good luck.
     
  3. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    I forgot to add clean all dust out of the computer. It may well be a overheating problem. But in the short time it takes to freeze, I am doubting this. But it might be worth a shot
     
  4. ReconGhost

    ReconGhost TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have plenty of airflow and cleaned all the dust out already and that didn't help at all. The computer won't stay on long enough for me to run anything. I will look for blown capacitors on the motherboard. I don't have any extra parts which means that by the time I try to replace stuff I will ultimately be buying a new computer so anything but that sounds like something that I will try.
     
  5. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    Just try taking your parts out. Then replace them one at a time . Boot the computer up as you do this. You may run across what is causing the problem.
     
  6. ReconGhost

    ReconGhost TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok I will try this and let you know the outcome.
     

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