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Computer keeps on freezing.

By artcore
May 15, 2007
  1. Well, i got a problem here and this happens really often. The thing here is, my computer keeps freezing really often. My mouse freezes up and when i'm gaming or something, it freezes up for a couple of seconds and then back to normal again. But the thing is, that this keeps happening really often. Does anyone knows what problem is it ? Motherboard ? Memory ?
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Check your system for overheating. Clean out any dust bunnies, especially from the fans and heatsinks.

    If none of that helps, check that your psu is putting out enough power for your system.

    The free Everest programme, will give you info on your temperatures and your psu voltages etc.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  3. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's really strange. Bought a new CPU today, because i thought that would probably be the CPU that was probably something wrong with it. I always clean my computer once per week. The system if not overheating, its on its normal temperatures and all that stuff. So, i would go for the board of for the memory.
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Ok, since overheating has been ruled out, check your psu. We need to know it`s wattage and how many amps it puts out on the 12volt rail/s. You will find that info on the psu label. We also need to know your full system specs. See this thread HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  5. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hum..have a 550w power supply. Can't seem to find the amps on the psu. Full system specs:

    Asrock AMD Nvidia AN61-11c
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    Soundblaster X-FI Platinum
    ATi Saphire Radeon X1650 256MBs GDDR3 PCI Express
    Corsair 512MBs DDR2 667
    Maxtor SATA 160GBs
    Seagate ATA 750GBs
    PSU: 550w
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If that psu is a no name brand, then there`s every chance it`s not putting out anywhere near it`s rated output. What were the results of the voltages in the Everest programme?

    You might want to check your ram by running the Memtest programme instructions HERE.

    I also suggest you check your mobo for bulging or leaking capacitore. See HERE for more info.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  7. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think the brand is something like..Win Power or something like that (at least thats what it says on the label).

    Here's the voltages that Everest showed me:

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  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Those voltages look fine. However, without knowing how many amps the psu puts out on the 12volts rail/s I can`t say whether it`s a psu problem or not. I can`t find any reliable info on Winpower psu`s, but they look like faily cheap psu`s to me. Whether this is the cause of your problem I don`t know, but it might be.

    Check your ram and mobo and see what results you get.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ran a memory test, and everything went fine without any error's. I actually noticed something, some minutes ago. We were talking about temperatures and i was checking something on my mobo and i actually passed my finger on the mobo chipset and it was actually really hot. Could that be the problem ?
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes, that could be a problem.

    How many passes did you let Memtest86+ run, because you were awful quick lol.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  11. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    About 2 or 3. Isnt that enough ? :x Its prolly the chipset of the mobo, thats for sure. The memory and all that stuff, i have it like a month or sum. Dont really know why is the chipset overheating. But if that's the problem with the freezings, can't do much on the mobo then. Am i right ? Cheers.
     
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If the chipset is overheating, then I don`t suppose there is much you can do except rma the board. it definitely shouldn`t be that hot.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  13. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's kinda odd though. Well, if that's the problem, gonna replace the mobo asap. In the meanwhile, placed a fan directly into the chipset (hope i did good). Thanks in advance.
     
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    With the fan on the chipset, see how your system performs. If the freezing diminishes or stops, then you`ll have a good idea of the culprit.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  15. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, its really kinda hard to cool it down because its so hot. Any ideas ? lol oh btw..it hasnt stopped crashing. Its probably not freezing that often, but still freezes.
     
  16. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Like I said, if the chipset is getting that hot, rma the mobo.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  17. artcore

    artcore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what does rma means ? :p
     
  18. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Return Material Authorization (RMA)

    It means, send it back and have it replaced under warranty.

    Regards Howard :)
     
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