Freeze ups, P5B, D935, 1Gigram, Stressed out

By Squirralien
Jul 4, 2007
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  1. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Good work! pmignault. I remember seeing the reports NOW, but not until you mentioned it. And I searched the ASUS site thoroughly, to find nothing there... Anyway, Squirralien easily replaced by a sound card. You can find Creative Sound Blaster cards for $5.00
  2. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    thank you for that pmignault i was waiting for friday to see a very good tech i have heard about but this may save me, I will report back the outcome soon,, thank you again and also to you raybay and all else that has offered their possible solutions for me to try.
  3. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    oh I did forget to mention that the high temperature problem and no heat at the heatsink was solved, the parts supplier did give me another board as they said it was reading temps 20 deg C. over the true temp. they used Intel thermal analysis tool.
  4. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Well the sad news is i have another freeze up with the onboard audio disabled
  5. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Ok I reformated the computer and didn't put in the standard onboard audio drivers and put in a creative sound blaster audigy card and drivers and it froze up, last night with no sound enabled and no card it ran for 11 hours and i shut it down without a freeze and this inspired a reformat and fresh start with the audio card thismorning but it froze.
  6. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Sorry to hear. I have no further suggestions.
  7. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    thanks raybay, your efforts have been appreciated, it hasn't quite finished yet, a mate of mine has looked in to the suggestion from pmignault a bit further and found that when he activates a function in the Audio software that auto detects what you plug in to the audio sockets he also got freeze ups randomly, so I am now looking for that function to disable it and see where that takes me, but stay tuned because if I find the answer I will post it here. thanks again
  8. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Well here we go again,,, I had enough, I went and bought a new motherboard and went with the tecks advice from a different supplier I use and he said his favorite board for cheaper builds for reliability was the Gigabyte 945GZM-S2, I made sure he was happy with the other hardware I had to put on it and he said it would all be good on this board,, well same problem, it freezes randomly exactly the same, I did reformat for this board to be safe even tho the system did boot ok with the instal already on the drive, I think I will need therapy after all this.
  9. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    also tried new cpu E2160 intel dual core 1.8 gig tried this on both boards, tried different cpu's, different video cards,, pci sound card instead of onboard, tried different ram, new power supply 400w, tried new motherboard, tried latest drivers, bios, tried running only cpu fan and no power on lighting, I do want to ask for opinions on the HDD it is a new 250 gig sata HDD and I have had no failures at all on an instal so could this still be under suspicion, I expect that if it was going to fail it would have done on one of the multiple reinstals.
  10. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    You almost have it licked now... think of all the components you have eliminated as cause of the trouble.
    New hard drives fail all the time. Run a drive fitness test from the website of your hard drive manufacturer. All except Toshiba have one. Least reliable SATA drives in our shop are TriGem, Maxtor, then Hitachi, followed by Western Digital... with Seagate, Toshiba, Fujica, and Samsung, the best. But any hard drive can fail for no damned reason... whether any level of new. They just get too banged around in Shipment. Only Western Digital and Seagate are still made in the US... but even a drive across the street can damage a hard drive during shipping. Memory is the most cause, followed closely for second by the video graphics driver or card, then the hard drive.... That is if you got all the infestations out of there.

    Don't forget the cables and connectors, and you can always blame the gaming software.

    Your case is very interesting to us. We are very sure you will figger it out, and we want to hear when you do.
  11. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    ok, the HDD is Western Digital and I have always stuck with them thinking they were the best drive to get, it was brand new but I will go to their site and run the test, well I don't seem to be able to find the test on the WD site unless it is a download called data lifeguard tools, im still looking,,, I will definately post the result if I ever get there.
     
  12. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    It is the tools... unless it has changed. They used to call it Drive Fitness Test, though.
  13. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Well I am not feeling to bright at the moment, I did forget to list one item that was in the computer and this appears to be the whole problem, I will apologise to you all sincerely I feel as bright as a blown globe,
    It appears that the freezing problem is a Netgear wifi pci card, I am going to confirm this over the next few days but thats the way it is looking at the moment.
    I am so sorry to you all for forgetting this was an item in there I was so focused on the new stuff which was most of it that I completely over looked this device, the fact that it worked 100% in the old set up prevented me from suspecting it,,,
    I will post again once it has been confirmed,,,, Sorry
  14. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    Well I have replaced the Netgear wifi pci card with one from D-Link and all is well no freeze ups seen so all I can do is say sorry to you all as I am sure someone would have come up and said chuck the Netgear, if I remembered to mention it was in there. I guess the hobby or the industry of P.C. is a continuous lesson to be learnt. I have learnt a huge one here I can tell you. Leave no stone unturned and NEVER take it for granted that something that works fine will in the next build, Common sence I know but sometimes we need to learn that lesson a few times. The only thing that gives me any piece of mind is the supplier didn't work it out and it was in front of them for 4 or 5 weeks i think it was,, thank you for your time and hopefully your understanding.
  15. raybay

    raybay TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    All networking gear is trouble. We love Netgear. It is D-Link that is unreliable... along with SpeedStream, 3-Com, Best, and a few others.
    There may be a problem with that particularly netgear, but over time you will see more troubles with the DLink.
    Glad you got it going. Thanks for the report back.
  16. Squirralien

    Squirralien Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 25

    The netgear ran faultlesly in the old setup, but for some reason the new gear had issues, obviously incompatable drivers for the new gear but the D-link is working well, I couldn't find the netgears updated drivers so for now its in the draw waiting for an older build to need one. the computer is running excellent altho it is now a Gigabyte board and an E2160 1.8gig Dual core, but all I am concerned about is it is running well Grandpappy is happy. Thanks again Raybay for your patience and ideas.
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