Machine Freezes shortly after startup

By zazierx
Oct 10, 2008
  1. My specs are
    Amd x2 64 3800
    2 gigs of ram
    Windows XP

    This computer i built back in 2006, A little while ago we had some power outages in this neighborhood, I was gone and my PC was left on, when i returned I played World of warcraft for a bit but the computer locked up. As i restarted the lock-ups would occur sooner and sooner, so thinking it was a heat issue i left the computer off overnight and It would lock up within a minute or so even while in bios or booting up. Eventually locking up before the monitor even switched on, now i can't get past this.

    About a month before this, the on board audio burnt out, so i replaced with a PCI Sound card. Also the SLI chipfan on the MB died and i replaced it with a fan that fit it. When i did this i also added new sealant to the CPU fan/chip.

    -All the fans are still turning
    -Let it sit overnight to cool before trying again
    -Tried memory sticks by themselves
    -I checked the PSU with a multimeter according to a "check your Psu with a multi-meter guide" on tech support forums, I haven't done this previously before but all the readings were around what they should be under the specified circumstances.
    -the reset/power button doesn't seem to be working either after a lock-up

    I think its the MB/CPU but i don't have another MB with the same slot handy, I just want to be certain its the MB/CPU before i replace it and not the video card. Even though i am due for a new computer i think.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Have you tried booting with the XP cd in the drive to see if it is a corrupt install causing boot fail?

    If it will boot to the cd install/repair screen, do a repair install.
  3. zazierx

    zazierx TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the computer literally freezes seconds after i hit the power switch, literally before even the video kicks on.
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    You can disconnect the hd and cd drive and try again.

    Keep disconnecting stuff until it tries to boot even if all you get is beeps.

    You can try a bios reset also (jumpers or pull the cmos battery, whatever).
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