Computer freezes, with sound repeating

By biffenbob
Nov 17, 2008
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  1. Alright hope this is the correct spot, if not sorry about that.

    For the last week or so my computer will randomly (I have not noticed any correlation between the crashes yet) freeze completely up and what ever the last sound was is repeated non-stop until I power down the system and boot it back up. I have updated both graphic and sound drivers. I have also taken a can of air to computer and cleaned it out.

    I’m not sure what information you would all want/need so figured I would give the basics. If I am missing or need to add something let me know.

    Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1
    System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    System Model: EP35-DS3L
    BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6750 @ 2.66GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
    Memory: 2046MB RAM



    Any help/ideas appreciated thanks,
    Riley
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Please run Memtest on your Ram

    Memory: 2046MB RAM is pretty much minimum I believe
  3. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I ran the test through the 7 passes that the walkthrough says and the test turned up 0 errors.
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I'm sorry just to throw tools at you, but this could also be a faulty Harddrive
    Please run a Drive Diagnostics on your HardDrive

    If the Harddrive Diagnostics also turns up ok
    Then it can be other faulty hardware, including your Video card or any other connected device (including faulty PowerSupply)
    You may also want to reset your Bios settings (from pressing the appropriate key, usually DEL or F2) on system startup, then locating and enabling "defaults", then save and exit
    Plus remove any attached Hardware (including external USB connections)

    My feeling are that this is a hardware fault
    But some software (if conflicting) can look as though it is a hardware fault

    Therefore I would suggest that you turn off any Windows Startups
    Also run CCleaner
    Run a Checkdisk
    As well as uninstall any programs, such as Antivirus\Firewall or even virtual software programs (note you are in Test mode)
    Lastly you can also run a Repair of Windows

    I generally feel as though is Hardware though, so best to start with that.
  5. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I can live with doing tests, plus its always interesting to learn new things.

    I ran the hard drive scan it also turned up clean (using the Western digital “Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows”). I turned off the window start ups and did the cleaner. I also ran through the Check disk and ran the Repair windows both turning up no errors. So far no crashes, but it sometimes took some time. I will update this either when I crash again, or in a few days if it seems to have stopped. Thank you for your help
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    And try Avira antivirus, instead of what you're using (how confident is that ;) )
    By the way what AV are you using?
  7. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Will do, and when I run scans I tend to use Avg.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

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    JDSilver Newcomer, in training Posts: 30

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  10. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    So far I have not crashed, but sometimes it wouldn’t crash for a day, so I am still holding my breath. I am not overclocking, psu is 550w (link below). I have not done ahci/hpet and I don’t know what those are, how is it done, and how does it affect the computer? I have 32bit.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182017
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  12. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Alright, whats the reason behind upping the temperature limit? (Just trying to learn). And after that just hit monitor and leave it running tell it crashes again?
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  14. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    How long should I let this run before just stopping it? Is there a certian time when its a safe bet there is nothing wrong? Or will this crash/find an error at some point no matter what?


    Edit:

    Ok I ran the Occt for 1 hour 19 min. When I came back my screen was black, but I could get to the task bar, and windows task Manager. But no other programs would be visible but if I left my mouse on were my desktop was it would pop up explaining the icon there. I managed to hit the off button on the program, and then I logged out and logged back in and it seems to have fixed that. Should I not allow the computer screensaver to come up during this?
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  16. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I ran the mem test a few days ago (see above). Turned up clean. I went into my bios, but I couldnt tell what version I had, were would this normally be?
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  18. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Alright I will run the one you linked tonight, what is the risk of updating the bio's?
     
  19. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I'll just but in and state that, even the bios (or motherboards) manufacture does not confirm that a Bios update may in fact stop your computer from working again !

    Usually on highly respected manufactures (ie Dell HP so forth) the Bios update will not cause ill affect. I say usually. Because again it is possible to stop a computer from turning on again.

    Your choice :)
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  21. biffenbob

    biffenbob Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Ran the scan over night. Came up with zero errors.
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