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Dell Inspiron 530S random freezing

By mlkmgr
Nov 23, 2015
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  1. As title states, 530s desktop randomly freezes. No specific time or program or anything. Just extremely random. May work for one to 3 days without a hiccup but eventually just becomes unresponsive. No new software installed. Cleaned fans. No hard drive or fan noise. Ran malware bytes, super antispyware, avast, and all came up clear. I ran Dell's system diagnostic check and all tests passed in the extended option.

    Specs:
    Windows Vista 64-bit
    E5200 dual core at 2.50GHz
    4GB ram
    450GB hard drive (61GB free)

    Any thoughts or suggestions where to start? I do not know if this is hardware or software issue.

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    The power supply might be showing signs of age and may need to be replaced to fix this random freezing
     
  3. mlkmgr

    mlkmgr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Any way to test? Will any power supply do or are there specific for this case type, etc?
    Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    This computer is pretty old, right? It may have what they call a proprietary supply, meaning only a certain type will fit the case. You will have to try another power supply, there is no real way to test one in this case
     
  5. mlkmgr

    mlkmgr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Yes, I believe 2007 so will try to determine if this is the cause by swapping a power supply. Thanks again.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Good luck, let us know the outcome:)
     
  7. mlkmgr

    mlkmgr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Swapped power supplies and when I was in the case, the fins above the cpu were clogged with dust. cleaned those out and now sit and wait. Will post back in a few days to a week. Thanks again.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Cleaning that dust might help a lot...
     
  9. mlkmgr

    mlkmgr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    2 seconds after posting the update, had a bsod. never had that before, would just freeze and become non-responsive. using the computer now and waiting to see if anything happens again.
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    BSOD"s produce minidumps. These minidumps produce clues. To post minidumps Go to C:\windows\minidump and select all the .dmp files. Right-click sending these files to a compressed(zipped)folder. Upload this folder as a file to your post
     
  11. mlkmgr

    mlkmgr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    When I attempt to right click and 'send to compressed (zipped) folder' it states "file not found or no read permission". I downloaded a program to read and below was the information provided. If below doesn't help, then maybe you can explain another way to get the file here. The desktop became unresponsive again last night. I ran Memtest for 8 passes with no errors thinking maybe memory but it tested good.

    upload_2015-11-29_8-49-31.png
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    They are not memory issues, its more the a hard drive error. That hard drive may be getting old too
     
  13. mlkmgr

    mlkmgr TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 23

    Going to swap the hard drive for a new one and install windows 7 in the process (have software disc I was going to use on my rig). will post back after that is completed.
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay, sounds good
     

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