computer wont stop freezing.. please help

By ragez0r
Apr 8, 2005
  1. satchmo

    satchmo TS Rookie Posts: 83


    Even though you have a meager PSU, I am still betting that it's a software issue. The symptoms all smell like a software problem.

    Double check all the IRQ settings and make sure that there are no conflicts. Is it possible for you to restore your PC to a previous state (if you're running Windows XP and have System Restore activated). I'll try that before doing anything more drastic, liking switching hardware parts.
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    might smell like software problem,but so do most psu problems when there is not enough power. psu do not cost that much, surely u have $20 to $40
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Putting in a more powerful video card draws more power of your PSU. This will either manifest itself immediately by the PC not booting up at all, or after a few weeks (as is the case here). That PSU is slowly burning out because of constant overload, believe me.
    You could alsway try updating the video-drivers to their latest version, but that might even make things worse.

    PS: that Fortron is cheaper than the Antec. Fortrons also tend to give more power than their model-nr indicates. But, it is your money, spend it wisely.
  4. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    meager ? *sob*
    irq ports are all fine.. i did a system restore up to a month... no change

    20-40$ for a psu will get me generic.. altho i severly hate my pc now for jamming at crucial moments during porno watch (wether im serious or joking about that is for u to decide) is very very aggrevating.. i will treat it with something better than a generic psu.. im going with antec :D
    im dipping into my savings for this 1... oh well

    yeah.. to all those who suggested i 1 day upgrade my pc.. thanks but .. its doubtfull.. only 2 years old and my pc is out of date
    i cant have more than 2 gig ram.. no hyperthreading and i think i cant go higher than 2.4 or 2.8 gig (now i got 2).. so if i get a faster chip.. i think ill have to buy the whole computer with it...
  5. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    actually yeah... i dont know when its started.. but yeah.. its been jamming at the gateway screen (where i have the option to go into bios and etc...) but i cant say if that was b4 or after the vid card....
    and the jamming has a pattern... i boot.. it jams after i log on
    i reboot.. it goes thru..but.. seems i didnt see that in a week
    its wierd.. soemtimes i have no problem for days.. sometimes itll jam every 30 min.. but if its the psu.. shouldnt it just reboot ? i heard of stories where psu's were too weak and they simply rebooted
    anyhoo. im getting the antec sl400 tommorow.. 70$ or something
  6. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    yeah im still wondering about that.. if your psu is overloaded.. shouldnt it simply reboot ???

    ABAMOTO TS Rookie Posts: 27

    I think in order to troubleshoot your problem and find out the root cause, you can:

    1. unplug most of the extra stuff in your desktop tower (2nd dvd, card reader). Try to make the voltage adequate for the system, and see whether if it IS the voltage or not.

    2. If it is not the PSU, then uninstall your anti-virus software if that will change anything.

    3. Try to fix the error msg in your eventlog. This guy at another forum also got similar problem as you. Check it out,13027223

    Both of you have a error/warning message towards tmtdi.sys file (a trend micro file). I will probably start from there by removing Trend Micro Anti-Virus.

    Just out of curiousity, did you buy a full licensed anti virus or?
  8. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    umm.. .. or

    anyways.. got the antec psu sl400 which is 400watts.. i even bought an extra 80mm fan ..

    is it wierd that i dont feel the fan blowing int he back.. its so.. light breeze...
    maybe im just being paranoid

    also.. for that extra fan.. this might be a stupid question but.. should it be blowing in our out of the pc case ??? i did out but.. i wanna make sure... anyways.. hopefully thisll solv my problem.. and ive removed any trend micro things in msconfig..

    thanks for the help.. i guess now all i can do is wait..... please check back here once in a while.. maybe itll jam and ill need to harrass you all

    thanks again
  9. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    Cheap power supplys fry mobo,s and other components...the power they produce is "dirty"...the best investment you could make on hardware is a top of the line Power Supply..;)
  10. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    Enermax comes to mind ;)
  11. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    thanks..done and done
  12. tbrunt3

    tbrunt3 TS Rookie Posts: 313

    This is a real problem with most store bought stuff .Did you check your harddrive for a ISO image Heck at least HP/Compaq give you at least a restore cd this is very strange why they did this...
  13. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    no cd image..
    its okay.. ill find myself a copy of winxp sp2... im just hopefull that my authentic serial number will work

    btw.. no1 feel like answering my fan questions ?
    is it normal that i dont exactly feel a draft on the psu ?
    and any extra fan (80mm) should it be putting air into the pc case our out ?

    thank you
  14. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    oh yeah.. why
    because i got this pc for half price cuz it was open box or most likely returned

    but man i got a killer deal when i bought this 1.. they even gave me a free printer and all
  15. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Well you should really have a fan blowing in the front of the case and a fan blowing out the back of the case, this way you get a current moving fresh cool air through your PC. But I would definately suggest have your fan blowing out to try and get rid of any heat you can.
  16. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    The serial number will only work with the original disc I would say.

  17. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    welll i have a slot in the back a bit under the psu for a 80 mm fan.. but no slot in the front tho...

    gateway design (yechhh)

    well so far so good.. 1 day no jam and counting..
  18. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    yeah.. so theres my dilema.. hey would microsoft send me a disc ? like for free ?
  19. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Have you ever seen a flying porcine. :haha:
  20. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    porcine ?.. i dunno what it is but im guessing it dont fly

    hey if anyone still reading this.. i dont think the problem was solved.. my pc froze twice today.. it was doing great all week.. and it froze twice today.. ****.. and everything was doing so damn well

    and i also removed trendmicro and all that stuff

    please help
  21. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Do you think it could be the PSU not putting out enough wattage?
  22. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    new psu.. 400 watts.. i wrote that in this thread already
  23. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    oh and it froze 2 more times today
    could it be the 1 of the harddrives ???
  24. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    well im in safe mode defragging my 2nd hd

    we see what happens
  25. ragez0r

    ragez0r TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 83

    well.. hasnt crashed since i defragged/scanned 4 spyware this saturday
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