Hardware Problems

By hynesy
Jan 18, 2008
  1. Just recently I was using my other computer and it just randomly froze, I did a hard reset and it froze again as vista was booting. This isn't that first time this has happened, it happened once when I was running Hackint0sh on my custom PC but i thought it was just a kernel panic although that was the only time it happened. Anyway back to windows, it froze when it was under little or no load, then when I did a hard reset it wouldn't boot, but would freeze at different point of startup. I then proceeded to do a system repair, but the symptoms remained the same. Is this a hardware or software issue.

    CPU - Pentium 4 3.00ghz
    MoBo- Asrock P4i65G using Intel 865G chipset
    Video - MSI NX6600 GT nVidia
    HDD - 2 x WD cavier hard drives
    PSU - stock
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Hi Hynesy
    looks like hardware to me and as the lockups are happening during the boot I wonder if you have a cooling problem? Check the fans are all clean and no dust bunnies blocking the vents in the PSU as well.
  3. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 389

    I checked the PSU, its clear of dust, and its not likely to be the heaksink because its a Thermaltake BigTyphoon 120 VX. Everything is the computer is under two years old except for the CPU which is about 5 years old, my guess is that its just had its time.
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    When you say "stock" PSU, does that mean it came with the case? If so, it might be failing. It would be worth checking.
  5. hynesy

    hynesy TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 389

    Yeah, I checked it, against a high quality PSU, still had the problems. Doesn't matter now, I have ordered a new processor, ram and motherboard, I ordered the ram and motherboard because my old intel P4 runs on the 478 socket and no shop around here sells P4's anymore.
  6. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I would be more inclined to just check the memory with memtest first if you can. Bit late with that recommendation perhaps?
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