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Random Freezes, even in BIOS

By Auronkiller7
Sep 12, 2008
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  1. EDIT:
    OK, while trying to fix this problem, I recieved the BSoD again, so this may be the wrong forum for this. If so I apologize. I am completely confused at this point, so I'm debating just building my own computer. If you would still like to read through and have any advice, it is appreciated, however if not, I don't blame you.

    Hello. Recently I posted on these forums because I was getting BSoD at random times. I ended up reinstalling windows xp, and it solved my problem, or so I thought. Now, instead of random BSoD, I'm getting random system freezes. It will happen whether I'm playing a game, chatting on vent, just idling. It sort of froze up in bios. The little bar at the top was still fading between blue and black, but I was unable to do anything. This has happened twice, and both times it happened when I tried to access the hardware monitor under power settings. I'm at a complete loss to the cause. The only unusual happening other than the random freezes is that on startup it will sometimes pop up an error message about the CPU fan. The CPU fan will still run fine though. I've tried completely wiping my hard drive and it didn't help. Originally, this would happen once a day or so, but now it happens up to once every 10 minutes. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    My specs are:
    CPU: Pentium D 945 3.4 GHZ
    MB: Asus P5LD2-VM (P5B-VM DO)
    RAM: 2 Visionman 512MB DDR2, 2 Corsair 2GB DDR2
    Video Card: EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB DDR3)
    Sound Card: No Clue
    PSU: Hec WIN 550 UB
    OS: Windows XP

    Also, my cpu temperature is running at 60C I'm not sure if that is too high or not.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    I see that you are mixing RAM... Try running the computer with one or the other brands and see if your system settles down. It is never a good idea to mix memory... Especially in an Asus motherboard!
  3. Auronkiller7

    Auronkiller7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Aye, I tried running it with just my old ram, and just the 2 2 gig sticks, still was freezing.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,757   +157

    ...and the old RAM once worked ok in this motherboard?
  5. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,623

    the M/B may be getting old and need to be replaced, but try the ram first.
  6. Auronkiller7

    Auronkiller7 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yup, it ran fine for about a year with the old ram. I decided to build my own computer now. I think the Mobo just went bad.
  7. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    test your PSU with a tester tool. Random freezeups can be caused by a faulty PSU.
  8. porsche911r

    porsche911r Newcomer, in training Posts: 119

    another thing to watchout for maybe upping the voltages for the mem a little depending on what type it is and i think from what u r saying its a bad mobo, if u dont get bsod and get random freezes it means that there is some miscommunications normally between the cpu and mobo and typically the ram. soo i wud place my bet on the mobo...
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