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Computer freezes often.

By bluewave928
Oct 19, 2010
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  1. I built my first gaming computer last year and it has worked great up until recently. I have been running Windows 7 on it now for about 2 months and one day it crashed hard. It froze when it tried to boot up so i tried to reinstall 7...then xp...then 7 again after formatting my hard drive several times. I left it alone for 4 days and tried 7 one last time. It finally went through the whole installation process without stalling. However when it starts up it freezes shortly thereafter. Maybe a power supply problem?

    Computer Specs:
    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Professional 64-bit
    CPU: AMD Phentom II x3 720
    Motherboard: Asus M4A77TD PRO Motherboard
    Graphics: Sapphire Radeon 4870
    Memory: 2x 2gb OCZ DDR3 PC3-8500
    Harddrives: Hitachi 1tb
    Western Digital 500gb (used to be a external but long story short its now in my computer)
    Power Supply: rosewill 500w atx12v v2.3
     
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I would start by scanning the hard drive for bad sectors or other issues. Check the ram next.
     
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Diagnostic software and utilities from the manufacturer of your Hitachi hard drive
    http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/
    Diagnostic software and utilities from the manufacturer of your Western Digital hard drive
    For PATA: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=502&sid=30&lang=en
    For SATA: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=606&lang=en

    For Memtest, please follow this guide...
    Please note that (unless you start getting errors reported) you will need to let this run a long time.
    A good way of doing this is to let it run over night. In each 'pass" there are a series of eight memory tests that are run, each more complicated than the previous. We used to recommend only a minimum of 7 passes, unless you start getting errors. We now recommend at least 10 full passes. If you have errors reported, you may want to re-run the test with only one stick of ram installed, checked each stick until you isolate those that are faulty. That way you can limit your replacement to those that actually need it. On the other hand, some prefer to install "matched" memory sticks. In this case, if you get any errors, simply replace memory, making sure that your new memory is on the HCL of the MB. Note that ASUS has tended to be very finicky/picky about memory. (I had difficulty, but I was able to open their pdf on memory modules tested to work with your board. See here: http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=0AvsBb7WBZe2i9zK)
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Rosewill Power Supplies are not very good. You got over a year of use. Swap it out, and remember to check that hard drive. Failing power supplies can damage hard drives. Most of these drives can be saved
     
  5. bluewave928

    bluewave928 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    turns out my ram died..no biggie. Thanks guys for the help!
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Thanks for the update bluewave928...
     

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