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Computer Problem. Need Help.

By shoit21
Oct 25, 2007
  1. Hello all,

    I am new to the forums so I hope this post is in the right spot.

    I built a computer two summers ago with pretty nice hardware, which should be available for you to see in my profile.

    Recently it just crashed on me (completely locked up)while I was playing World of Warcraft. I hard-restarted and got stuck at the windows loading screen (several attempts to this end).

    I then reformatted and re-installed windows xp. I am on the desktop now, but it keeps freezing on me. Every time I come back to my computer after the screensaver has been up, it locks up completely. Also if it is idle for a period of time such as 30mins or so, it does the same thing.

    I have re-installed World of Warcraft, and have been trying to download a patch from their website (475Mb). Internet Explorer keeps freezing my computer (the downoad box turns white and I can not click anything or open the task manager or anything).

    Does anyone have an idea of what these symptoms might mean? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    -Steve
     
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    you need to do a whole load of tests to find out what is going on here.
    Start with these two:
    1. go to www.majorgeeks.com - search for and download everest and check your temperatures and PSU voltages.
    If your temps are high or fans are running slow - clean out the box of dust bunnies and clear the heatsink.
    If your volts are off target - replace the PSU
    2.find and go to the website of your HDD maker - download their diagnostic software and run the big test - if it fails it is your hard drive.
     
  3. shoit21

    shoit21 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you for the timely and informative response. I am running those tests now. I also noticed something else I think is worth mentioning:

    There is a green light and an orange light by my power button on my tower. I just noticed that in addition to the green light being on, the organge light is also on. I have never seen that on before - I assume that means something is not working properly inside?

    -Steve
     
  4. boykov

    boykov TS Enthusiast Posts: 73

    Hi
    The second light means theat your HDD is being used (as in this case you are testing ...)
    regards
     
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