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XP freezes upon login, system locks up 3-6 times per day (screen also hibernates), invalid boot path

By mooney12
Sep 2, 2012
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  1. Hi, a few questions

    Can anyone help me find out why my pc keeps crashing? I'm not sure what info to provide other than hardware specs and the fact that it always crashes when I play Tibianic.org's custom Tibia client... It even does it sometimes when I'm just web browsing, listening to music, messing with files.. It will lock up and give me a green screen full of bars. Or the monitor goes to sleep and system locks up, I used to be able to put it in hibernate and bring it out of its locked up state but not anymore, button doesn't respond.

    Also, if I don't wait at login screen for 20 seconds it will freeze at the desktop after I log in and computer completley locks up

    Thirdly, Upon boot-up, there is an invalid path for vista which I had on a partition which I am not sure how to get rid of.

    Computer is about 4 years old and put together myself (been crashing since soon after I put it together but not any where near as often as now)

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    specs:
    Firefox fully updated
    Java disabled
    adobe updated
    .netFW updated
    visual c++ installed, updated
    OS: windows xp 32 bit home edition sp3 fully updated
    directx installed and updated

    start up programs:
    mbamgui
    forcefield
    zatray
    reader_sl
    jusched
    hdeck
    fourengine
    adobearm
    clistart
    ctfmon
    greenshot
    netsession_win
    utorrent
    x-mouse button control


    disk check ran recently no problems
    disk defrag not in a while
    299 gb of storage left
    empty 45gb partition (used to have vista on it)
    no matter how much I cleaned dust out of system still wouldn't fix the problem


    4gb 2x2 gskill ddr3 ram
    4830 radeon hd 512mb (sapphire, fully updated) amd overdrive@ maxed out
    graphics set for performance

    intel wolfdale dual core @ 2.8ghz
    antec earthwatts psu@ 430 watts
    WD 640GB HDD @
    asus p5q se plus mobo (updated)
    .auxilliary sound card, diamond brand (not in use)
    samsung dvd/cd rw drive
    3 80mm fans
    1 200 mm fan

    anti virus: mbam, zone alarm
    firewall: windows, zone alarm
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    This sounds like a graphics card/driver problem:
    "4830 radeon hd 512mb (sapphire, fully updated) amd overdrive@ maxed out
    graphics set for performance"...
    Try lowering the graphics settings or replacing this video card
     
  3. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Graphics and O.C. settings are set to low as possible
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    So what do you mean by:
    "4830 radeon hd 512mb (sapphire, fully updated) amd overdrive@ maxed out
    graphics set for performance?
     
  5. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Amd overdrive is a stock over clocking application, I used to have the card and fan speed set to full overclocking, and my graphics set for performance via CCC (catalyst control center) sapphire is its brand and I had the drivers updated recently
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    So are these settings changed to the lowest, and you are still having problems with lockups and screen hibernation? If so, change the video card or check it for dust and dirt contamination
     
  7. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Cleaned out my entire pc last night, also no problems yet
     
  8. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Running memtest
     
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    Okay keep us posted :)
     
  10. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    No problems with memory, setting page files to appropriate levels, benchmarking pc heat
     
  11. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Mainboard 33c cpu1 51c cpu 22c cpu core 54c
    hdd 35c
    graphics 45c
     
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    So is the computer still stable?
     
  13. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Yes, very.. and no crashes since last night, however I still freeze after logging in if I don't wait at the welcome screen for 20 seconds
     
  14. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    Have you run CHKDSK (check disk) by going to computer and right-clicking on the C drive? Select properties, tools and check now. Put a check mark in both boxes to set a disk test on the next start up. Freezing like you are experiencing can corrupt hard drive files
     
  15. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Performing disk check on my main computer at the moment
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 21,066   +169

    Keep us posted ;)
     
  17. mooney12

    mooney12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 88

    Disk check, completed, still freezes upon logging in my account.. dont know about crashes yet, although I only had one today around 6pm
     


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