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Computer Freezing for a short time (Hardware Fault)

By 1bellb ยท 4 replies
May 8, 2009
  1. Hi, I have recently built my own PC but when im using it, It constantly freezes for about 20-30 seconds then it works again but it keeps doing it, and the Hard Drive light stays on during the freeze and when it starts flashing the computer starts working again, Some people say I go too fast but I only run one program at a time, Also it is a gaming computer so it should be able to cope, can anyone tell me what is causing this to freeze.
    Also It takes ages for something to install on the computer.

    My system specs are:
    P5K Premium Motherbaord
    BFG GTX 280 Graphics Card (1GB)
    Reaper 8GB DDR2 RAM
    1TB Spinpoint F1 Hard Drive
    1000W Coolermaster Power Supply
    Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader Drive
    Q6600 2.5GHz Porcessor
    Vista Ultimate 64-bit

    One of these is slowing my computer down badly, but I dont know which one. I have a feeling it could be the Hard Drive because of the Slow Installations and freezes and also the light being on when it does, but im not sure.
  2. Rorcus

    Rorcus TS Rookie

    Identical problem here.. hard drive light goes solid and pc just stops for 1 min, still able to move the mouse cursor but cannot slect anything or alt-tab etc. Any alt tab or double clicking is cached up and then all fired off at once when the minute freeze is up.

    I'm pretty certain now it's down to my Asus P5K-E motherboard (which is what I assume the original poster has)

    I'm looking towards M/Board now as I have swapped drives and changed CPU from Q6600 to Q8200 also switched from Vista 32bit to Win7 64bit and still get the issue.

    I alleviated it for a while by switching my SATA 300 drive down to 150 mode by setting the jumpers.

    Have flashed the P5K to the latest bios with no joy.

    Full specs are..
    Q8200 Quad
    Asus P5K-E Wifi Premium
    500GB Samsung SATA300
    4GB Ram
    lightscribe 20x DVDRW
    Sony Bluray Drive (installed after problem had already appeared)
    2 x ATI HD3870's in crossfire config.
    Windows 7 64bit / WinXP dual boot.
  3. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 593

    Hi Rorcus,

    May pay to create your own thread so that we can solve both your problems separately.

    The problems may seem similar but could end up being totally different >.<

    Just safer to have two separate threads so no one gets confused
  4. snowchick7669

    snowchick7669 TS Maniac Posts: 593

    Hi 1bellb,

    Have you run any virus/spyware scans on your machine?
    Also, have you run any hardware checks on your components

    Sorry if I'm covering past ground :)
  5. 1bellb

    1bellb TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 86

    No, I am still having the problem. I can't seem to fix it, I know that it isn't a virus and seems I think the problem is the hard drive I am having it sent in to my local computer shop, but I can't find anything wrong with it, but the Ram has been tested and I have had a new graphics card put in, but it is still the same. If you know of anything else it could be It would bemuch appreciated
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