PC keeps freezing!

Discussion in 'Tech' started by Steve Juneau, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. Steve Juneau

    Steve Juneau I am teh em0z LULZ

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    What happens is it will freeze, then when I try to turn it off/on again it won't let me and the video card will make a high pitch/low pitch noise. If I remove the video card the noise will obviously stop but it still won't let me turn the PC back on.

    I'll try out those 2 apps and see what happens, thanks.
  2. tweakmonkey

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    Got it Steve, I wonder if the video card overheats and that's why it won't turn back on... that would explain those sounds too.

    So nobody around has an extra video card you can toss in there to test? :( You'll need some video card... I have some extras but couldn't easily ship to UK.
  3. Steve Juneau

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    I wouldn't need to borrow a card, I've got on-board I can use. It's so inconsistent though, as I can go 3-4 days without a freeze. It's a long winded process of elimination.
  4. tweakmonkey

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    Ah I see, bummer :(
  5. Steve Juneau

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    Just to keep y'all in the loop, I'm 99% sure I've nailed the problem. RAM, obviously! Well, one of the banks to be precise.

    I ran the PC until it froze then I sprung into action, dissecting the PC one piece at a time. I discovered that the PC would boot with one stick of RAM but not the other, so I figured a dead stick. I put the 'good' stick in the 'dead' stick's bank: No boot. I put the 'dead' stick in the 'good' stick's bank: Got a boot. I moved both sticks to the white banks as opposed to the blue ones and I got a boot, then removed one of the sticks and put the other in what I was guessing was the dead bank: No boot. Bingo.

    So after all of this, I have one dead RAM bank. No biggy, I only have two sticks but four banks. Kind of weird for one bank to not only cause freezes, but to also prevent me from being able to turn the PC on for about 20 minutes and make the GPU's fan do the high pitch/low pitch noise :-/

    EDIT: Spoke too soon, it's still freezing :( although now it's giving me an indication of when a freeze might be coming: the picture will stutter and freeze for a second. I noticed this last night when watching a film. A few stutters then right at the end a good 3 second freeze but it didnt totally lock up.
  6. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    maybe you should replace the whole fucking thing.
  7. Steve Juneau

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    Lol yeah, maybe :p
  8. JZL

    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    You've run the onboard video for days and the comp has still locked on you? I was leaning toward the vidcard and now you're saying your getting some graphical hiccups. Are you seeing actual artificating? You might try ruling out the vidcard by running a stressor app called Furmark and seeing if it passes.

    When you have a vidcard installed, you've turned OFF the integrated video in BIOS?