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Computer Freezing (Hardware Related?)

Q: Computer Freezing (Hardware Related?)

Okay, so making a very long story short, my computer keeps freezing up and crashing down on me. First, and foremost, specs:

HP A530N // Windows XP Pro SP2 // [2] 512MB PC3200 sticks // 200GB HDD // AMD 3200+

I upgraded the memory to 1GB today, hence the 2 512 sticks. What's been happening to me lately is that whenever I open up ANY application, I will not be able to open another one without my computer stalling. For example, I tried to uninstall my belkin utility, and it froze up at 19%. Then I tried to close it, and nothing happened. Tried to open up other applications, and couldnt. Tried to CTRL ALT DEL, couldnt. I can still move the mouse, but it disappears on the desktop, and reappears elsewhere on the screen (taskbar, etc.). So then, all I can do is reboot.

I checked to make sure I didnt need to have matching sticks for memory. One is PC2700, one is PC3200. From what I understand, the 3200 stick would clock itself down to 2700 speed, correct? If thats not the case, then would the mixup in the pairs cause my machine to hang, or would that be an issue that I would recognize via BSOD or something.

Could it possibly be the hard drive? I've ran PCCheck and CHKDSK, and both have shown clean results. I would restore my machine, BUT....I forgot the administrator password. Any way for me to find that out? I heard there was some way on XP, but Im not too sure....

I will say that I have not experienced any type of a blue screen, or any type of virus/spyware issue. I feel the case is hardware related...any ideas?

Thanks guys.


A: Computer Freezing (Hardware Related?)

What wattage is your power supply running at?

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Considering that I had this issue on both WinXP64/Kubuntu when I ran them, and Windows 7 now, I am fairly confident that it's not a software problem. My computer locks up, entirely, without any warning. I've caught it freezing half way through opening a window before, leaving the edges un-antialiased... It's a pretty sudden lockup. I'm wondering whether this is an HDD issue, or whether it's the fact I'm running an AMD X3 720 BE with the fourth core unlocked - either way, how would I go about stopping this? At the moment, it's annoying. When I start to work in a weeks time, it will be disastrous.

A:Hardware Related Freezing Issue

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Hi SevenForums users

Im having issues with my PC , first i will explain what the issue is and then what i have tried :


PC turns on , fans spin up - 10 seconds later - power cuts out


PC turns on , fans spin up - pc stays on but no POST beep and no display

What ive tried to resolve the issue

+ Ran Memtest86+ on my RAM - no issues

+ Ran Seagate Seatools on my HDD - no issues

+ Tested PSU with multimeter - all voltages fine - no issues

+ Swapped over graphics card with an old one to test GPU - other GPU just causes a long continuous beep

+ Tried running the PC in barebones ( just PSU + HDD + MOBO + 1 STICK OF 2GB DDR2 ) and still doesnt work

+ Checked the motherboard for bloated/broken capacitors - all fine

Im really stuck with what else to try apart from take it to a PC repair shop as i dont have any spare parts to test it with but this PC is almost 5 years old (prebuilt acer) and even though it does work for most the stuff i currently do , i dont feel like putting alot of money down on it to repair it due to it becoming "out-of-date" for the want of a better word

Any help is greatly appreciated

Kind Regards



4GB DDR2 @ 399MHZ

A:Computer not working - hardware related

Check the MB battery, and be sure you've checkd settings in your BIOS

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Hi, just to outline my problem more, my computer slows down for increments of 30 seconds or more, before returning to normal. At first I thought this was a gaming related issue, as I first encountered it playing a game, where my fps would drop dramatically and become unplayable. In fact, I just had "lag" for lack of a better term, just occur typing this post. I've spent several weeks checking possible fixes, and I can say it doesn't have anything to do with either my OS, Windows 7, or hardware, driver or heating issues. Thanks in advance for the help!

P.S. I was unable to run rootrepeal, because I run a 64-bit OS, so I'm not including a log of it. I can also supply a MBAM log if needed, but it wasn't able to find anything.
DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSX64
Run by Owner at 18:13:18.80 on Sun 11/15/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7600.16385 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_15
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7600.0.1252.1.1033.18.3067.1124 [GMT -8:00]
============== Running Processes ===============

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C: ... Read more

A:Slow computer, not hardware related.

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. Please include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Please refrain from running tools or applying updates other than those we suggest while we are cleaning up your computer. The reason for this is so we know what is going on with the machine at any time. Some programs can interfere with others and hamper the recovery process.Even if you have already provided information about your PC, we need a new log to see what has changed since you originally posted your problem.Please download OTL from following mirror:This is THE MirrorSave it to your desktop.Double click on the icon on your desktop.Click the "Scan All Users" checkbox.Push the button.Two reports will open, copy and paste them in a reply here:OTL.txt <-- Will be openedExtra.txt <-- Will be minimizedIn the upper right hand corner ... Read more

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Hello, I've joined this community hopefully to get this problem fixed...
A few weeks ago this problem started when my PC freezes every couple of minutes, no matter what I do (whether its surfing the web, playing games or even when I dont touch anything)
seems to me like its not a problem of RAM memory overload, since it happens even when nothing sirious runs on the PC, but maybe I'm mistaken... this is also the reason why I changed the operating system from Windows XP to Windows 7, I've formatted and upgraded the OS, but still the problem consists.

since my motherboard is old, it only supports 2 GB of RAM, so upgrading RAM is impossible without buying a new motherboard, which I guess basiclly means changing the entire computer.
anyway, im currently running the computer in safe mode with networking, only with "core" drivers, and the freezing doesn't happen in this mode.
I also tried literlly cleaning the computer from dust, and also ran MemTest86 and didnt find anything unusual.

so, any ideas what might be the problem?
maybe I should cancel some hardware drivers that might have been damaged and interfere with the system running smoothly?

PC Specs:
Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
Install Language: English

Processor: 3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Hyper-threaded (2 total)

motherboard is: RS400SB400
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 03/15/... Read more

A:Computer freezes, probably hardware related issue

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I just successfully built a mild gaming computer that is working great except for one strange issue.When I go to shut down the computer through Windows XP,it will shut down as normal,but the computer itself wont shut off.The screen just goes blank and the system remains on.I have to press and hold the power button for a few seconds to shut it off.

I don't see anything in Windows power options or the BIOS's power management section that could be relevant to this.

Any ideas? Thanks.
Tech specs are as follows: Abit AN7 socket A/462 motherboard,330 watt enermax PSU,AMD XP 2400+ CPU,1GB DDR400 Corsair RAM,120GB PATA HDD,Gigabyte Geforce 6600GT AGP GPU,Soundblaster Live 5.1 sound card and a basic IDE CD-ROM.

A:Computer wont shut off (hardware related?)


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Hey guys, theres something wrong with my pc and i don't know what it is. When i press the power button the pc starts its cycle but nothing is displayed on scren, this continues for about 10 seconds and the in restarts and the second time it boots (nothing displayed) it hangs in cycle endlessly. I swaped out graphics cards and thats wasn't the case nor was it the ram. I doubt its the processor. I'm left to believe its either the mobo or the harddrive, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys

A:Computer fails boot (hardware related)

Disconnect everything except the video, memory and graphics. If it still gives no display, you have a bad board, bad CPU, bad graphics card, or bad memory. If you have more than one memory chip, try them one at a time. If it still doesn't work, try another video card. Then you're down to CPU and board.

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i have an inkling something involving my audio is causing my computer to freeze at random times. i'm using windows 64 bit and creative sb x-fi. i've noticed that my audio settings are always reverting to default without my permission. when i restart my computer, the mode switches from entertainment to game mode. i scanned for viruses but found nothing.

is this a known issue with the drivers? what should i look for? any help would be appreciate

A:possible sound-related computer freezing

here you go

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I have a Vostro 200 from Dell, running Windows Vista.

As far as upgrades go, assume I'm using the bare minimum in every field.

The problem:

Usually within 20 seconds of logging on my computer locks up big time. It even disconnects me from the internet. (permanently) My computer will freeze for about 1 second every 5-10 seconds.

BUT: I recently found out that if I unplug my ethernet cable, the problem goes away. As soon as I plug it back in the problem resumes. What could cause this?

I tried calling my ISP's tech support but I could tell the guy was reading questions from a list.

Restarting seems to help, some times. I think the problem has only gotten worse lately; so restarting (both my computer and modem) is less and less likely to fix it.

Help greatly appreciated!!

A:Computer Freezing up related to internet problem?

anyone? Firewall maybe?

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I've recently been having issues where my computer will stop responding at random times. I haven't yet noticed a pattern, but the most recent issue happened when I opened Facebook. If I'm playing music when the freeze happens, it starts sounding creepy and machine-like, with high-pitched noises and other strange sounds. Other windows stop responding and I can't use my computer for about 30 seconds. I'm not sure if this is Malware related or not. I haven't been to any malicious websites or downloaded anything, but I don't know what else the problem could be.

Also, I'm running Windows 7 on an HP dm4x series laptop. I believe drivers are up to date and updates are installed to Windows.


Below are HJT and DDS logs. I will upload a GMER log when I can, but the scan was taking a long time.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 4:41:58 PM, on 2/28/2013
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v9.00 (9.00.8112.16464)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass 2011\TouchControl.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass 2011\BioMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco NAC Agent\NACAgentUI.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP CoolSense\CoolSense.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP On Screen Display\H... Read more

A:Computer freezing constantly: Malware related?

Here is the GMER log:

GMER 2.1.19115 -
Rootkit scan 2013-03-01 11:30:31
Windows 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 x64 \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 -> \Device\Ide\IAAStorageDevice-1 ST975042 rev.0003 698.64GB
Running: GMER.exe; Driver: C:\Users\Kyle\AppData\Local\Temp\kwldqpow.sys
---- User code sections - GMER 2.1 ----

.text C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass 2011\TouchControl.exe[2692] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 69 0000000077a71465 2 bytes [A7, 77]
.text C:\Program Files (x86)\HP SimplePass 2011\TouchControl.exe[2692] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 155 0000000077a714bb 2 bytes [A7, 77]
.text ... * 2
.text C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco NAC Agent\NACAgentUI.exe[3280] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 69 0000000077a71465 2 bytes [A7, 77]
.text C:\Program Files (x86)\Cisco\Cisco NAC Agent\NACAgentUI.exe[3280] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 155 0000000077a714bb 2 bytes [A7, 77]
.text ... * 2
.text C:\Program Files (x86)\NETGEAR Genie\bin\NETGEARGenie.exe[3272] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 69 0000000077a71465 2 bytes [A7, 77]
.text C:\Program Files (x86)\NETGEAR Genie\bin\NETGEARGenie.exe[3272] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 155 0000000077a714bb 2 bytes [A7, 77]
.text ... * 2
.text C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Gmail Notifier\gnotify.exe[3732] C:\Windows\syswow64\PSAPI.DLL!GetModuleInformation + 69 0000000077a71465 2 bytes [A7, 77]... Read more

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I am running Windows 7 64 bit

Yesterday my laptop froze and would not unfreeze. I eventually used the power button to restart it. Since then my computer has been freezing in this manner a few minutes after starting up. Programs that I was running during the original failure are VLC, utorrent, Chrome and possibly Medieval 2: Total War (also there are likely others that I do not generally interact with running in the background). I have noticed that whenever I launch Chrome now (consistent after reinstalling) it causes the computer to freeze up like this upon launching. I have never had any similar problems with this computer before and have been using all these programs without problems for awhile.

Sadly I have no restore points.

I'm all for any solution that involves never using any of these again, however I am at the point where formatting is looking like the only solution. This is very undesirable as I do not have a working recovery partition (hasn't worked since adding an ubuntu partition) nor do I have a Windows 7 disc as this came pre-installed with no CD.

I was under the impression that this could be malware related but so far my scans turn up nothing (although they cannot fully complete before the computer fails as it does). I tried AVG, spyware doctor, and adaware but only spyware doctor gets anywhere near finishing.

Anything I can do? Anyone seen anything similar?

A:Computer freezing minutes after startup. Seems related to Chrome

for a quick scan use malwarebytes the quick scan takes only about 15 minutes,
you can also use it in safe mode.

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Hey, I've got a pretty annoying problem where the computer will freeze and monitor will turn black and speakers will play sort of a cut off buzzing sound. The only way to actually do anything is to force shut down the computer again.

This happens mostly while watching videos online but basically whenever the browser is running from what I can recall. It doesn't always occur either so it's hard to track down but when it does occur, I usually have no problem reproducing the problem after a reboot.

I have no problem playing games or anything else that may task the computer more which leads me to believe it is a codec-related problem.

Somewhat related may be that I have a problem with Spotify where it doesn't automatically play new local music in the play queue unless I specifically queue up new things to play.

Restarting the computer when it occurs ocassionally complains about the CPU being overclocked and this is the reason for the crash but I doubt this is actually the problem seeing as I've tried running it without any overclocking and running it at around 3.8-4.0 GHz (Turbo setting since the default CPU ratio is locked) and passing Memtest and Prime95 tests for 10 hours without any problems.

Computer doesn't crash due to overheating from what I can tell, freezing even when idling due to browser running or during Power-saving mode and is at about 40-50 degrees C.

System is about 1 ? years old and this has been an ongoing problem ever since. At first I thoug... Read more

A:Computer freezing watching videos online, possibly CPU-related

I realized that I gave a poor first description, the monitors don't turn black, they display what was previously displayed when the freeze occurs.

And the sort of cut off buzzing sound is simply from power getting cut to all devices, including mouse and keyboard not getting any power.

I also forgot to mention that I've tried running chkdsk, found no issues.

I'm gonna try running Accessible Event Watcher from the Windows SDK in order to see if I can identify anything suspect occuring when the freeze occurs. I'll check the normal Event Viewer to see anything for reference when it occurs again.

Otherwise, maybe this belongs in the Motherboards, Bios & CPU-section? If I had to guess, this is starting to feel like it is related to the PSU or the motherboard acting up.

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Few days ago my computer started randomly rebooting or locking up with no prior warning. I realize this could be a hardware issue, but the symptoms started right after I ran into some malware infections. This issue is very similar to this one here I made a new thread concerning this problem because on a reply it was stated that the fix was computer specific. I removed some of the spyware with help of ad-aware and avg antivirus, but I doubt i had them all removed. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Here's my HiJackThis log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:26:05, on 2.3.2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\iTouch\iTouch.... Read more

A:Computer randomly freezing or crashing - spyware/malware related?

Hello and Welcome to TSF.

We no longer use HijackThis as our initial analysis tool.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.


Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:

After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new thread, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

Please note that the Virus/Trojan/Spyware Help forum is extremely busy, and it may take a while to receive a reply.


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Few days ago my computer started randomly rebooting or locking up with no prior warning. I realize this could be a hardware issue, but the symptoms started right after I ran into some malware infections. This issue and symptoms are very similar to this one here hxxp:// I made a new thread concerning this problem because on a reply it was stated that the fix was computer specific. I removed some of the spyware with help of ad-aware and avg antivirus, but I doubt I had them all removed.

ZoneAlarm firewall and AVG Anti-Virus are on constantly and I try to keep my Windows update up to date all the time.

Following is a list of the programs I deleted. I got suspicious when ZoneAlarm warned me that they are trying to access internet (it was the first time they asked for rights), so I googled for them and removed them:

w.exe C:\Windows\system32\w.exe

first179.exe C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temp\first179.exe (removed by AVG Anti-Virus after a full system scan)

frmwrk32.exe C:\Windows\system32\frmwrk32.exe

One symptom of infection was that at first my desktop icon titles lost their transparency/drop shadow and were replaced by a "blue box" behind them. Later on, my whole desktop background became blue. I managed to "fix" this, so unfortunately I don't have a screenshot of it.

Here's dds l... Read more

A:Computer randomly freezing or crashing - spyware/malware related?

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Please note that the forum is very busy and if I don't hear from you within three days this thread will be closed.


Please note that these fixes are not instantaneous. Most infections require more than one round to properly eradicate.

Please stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms seemingly abate.

Kindly follow my instructions and please do no fixing on your own or running of scanners unless requested by a helper.


Your hard drive is almost full. Having too little free space on your hard drive can compromise system performance.


C: is FIXED (NTFS) - 29 GiB total, 0,384 GiB free.

I suggest you move pictures, music, etc. to an external drive or USB stick if you have one and uninstall any programs that are never or hardly ever used.


Please visit this webpage for download links, and instructions for running ComboFix:

* Ensure you have disabled all antivirus and antimalware programs so they... Read more

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Why does my computer keep freezing?

Ok guys I have tried everything and my computer keeps freezing, usually 5-10 minutes after startup, sometimes before windows loads.
My PC:
Athlon XP 3200+
Win XP Pro
512 Pc3200 DDR Ram
Geforce 5500 256 MB 8x AGP
n-Force 2 Mobo
Maxtor 160 GB HD
Maker: E-machine
Model #: T3256

Ok, it first started about a month ago. It would freeze and I would power down(by pressing the power button). When it would restart it would let me send Microsoft an Error report. So I finally sent one and it told me I had a Graphics Driver stuck in an Infinite loop and to update my graphics drivers or get a new graphics card,(At the time using the integraded Geforce 128mb Card). I updated my drivers multiple times, but would continue freezing. I ordered and installed my new Geforce 5500. It seemed ok, only freezing about twice the day it was installed. The next day it was just as bad or worse than before the new graphics card. After a restart now I don't get the option to send the error report to Microsoft, so I don't think it is the graphics card.Finally after running every virus/spyware check known to man, I decided to reformat my HD. I put Windows XP Pro on and it is still freezing. Thus leading me to the conclusion that it must be Hardware. I looked on, and it doesn't seem like that's the problem. So I "think" I have narrowed it down to RAM, HD, Processor, MoBo, or Power Supply. Anyone know any ways to check... Read more

A:My computer keeps freezing, and I think it's a Hardware Issue.

I always start with the cheapest parts first, in hopes that I will be lucky ;

run memtest for a couple hours and see if any errors come up.

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Hi All,
I have recently upgraded my pc from AMD to Intel.
However since doing so I have experienced freezing of my PC sometimes it turns itself off and other times it just freezes. This usually happens after about 10 mins. I have the latest bios and drivers installed from the relevant websites. I have tried reinstalling windows to no avail. However the one time it hasn't frozen I managed to run AIDA64 for an hour with CPU temp maxing at 54C, therefore I don't believe my CPU is overheating, however after an hour I decided to stop this test in the hope that I could run another, however my PC froze straight after stopping the test which is odd?
Here are my specs;
Motherboard: Msi x99 sli plus
CPU: Intel i7 5820k (OEM)
RAM: Crucial ballistic sport DDR4 1x8GB STICK 2400MHz (running at 1200MHz due to single channel)
GPU: XFX R9 290X
PSU: corsair hx850
Boot drive: Sandisk 60GB SSD
The only thing I could think of would be only having one stick of ram which is therefore running in single channel at 1200MHz?
I will post Aida64 screenshots when I finish work
Anything that you think will help let me know I will post it

A:Computer freezing after hardware upgrade

1.  Open the case and make sure the heatsink is securely attached to the processor.  If not sure, reattach it.
2.  Remove and reinsert the RAM.  
3.  Try different RAM.  The stick could be bad or (strangely) incompatible. 2400 MT/s is over clocked.  You could try 2133 MT/s DDR4 if you have any on hand.  Also, After testing, DDR4 is faster with 4 sticks of RAM. 
4.  Check the SATA cable connection to the hard drive.  (Or test the machine without the hard drive attached to rule it out). 
(I googled the motherboard.  The memory is supported if it is: MSI X99S XPOWER AC LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99.)  

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Hello Folks,

I had a computer built for me about a year ago and from the get go it has been freezing up on me, no help from the person who built it for me so I am learning as I go. When I first got it would only freeze once or twice every couple of days so I did not think anything of it. But it has gotten to the point where it will freeze every 5 minutes and I have to cut the power, let it sit for a bit and then turn it back on to get it to run again. If I let the system sit powered on after it freezes it will go to a black screen and ask me to insert boot media and press any key.

Let me summarize what I have tried up to this point trying to fix it.

Reformatted 4 time over the last 6 months, I am waiting for windows 7 before I try this again

Updated every driver I can find

Updated the BIOS

Switched from 2GB DataA single channel memory to Kingston 2GB dual channel

Applied a non-stock CPU heat sink reducing the CPU temp from 51C to 34C and the load temp from 60C+ to 48C

Downloaded memtest86 and ran it, no problems found

Downloaded the Seagate diagnostic tool and ran all tests, no problems found

I run AVG free edition and no virus have been fround

I run Spybot and super anti-spyware, both no problems found

I am totally stumped because I can not find any error logs or do I get any error messages to guide me to what is wrong. How can I find out what is wrong with my system? What I would like to avoid is to just start guessing at parts and buying and replacing at rand... Read more

A:Computer freezing hardware/software?

Today I changed the power supply to a CoolMaster Silent Pro M 700W, it is able to provide much more current that my old power supply. So I can not cross the power supply off the list of reasons why my system is freezing.

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Hello all,

I've got mostly all new hardware that I bought and put together myself. I initially installed Windows XP x64. The system ran fine for about a day, but then it started to freeze. Unfortunately, I can't tie it to any particular activity. I've had it freeze while copying files from an external USB drive and I've had it freeze while playing a video in Windows Media Player. The image on the screen freezes and I get a sort of pixelated shadow image (It kind of looks like really poor quality cable TV where the colors are too bright and kind of blurry), then the computer becomes completely nonresponsive (mouse/keyboard don't work) - though I am able to turn it off via the power button. Sometimes it happens right away and sometimes it'll run fine for an hour or so before it freezes. I could be wrong, but I don't think I've seen it freeze when I just leave it idle.

I have since formatted and installed Windows XP SP3 x86, but I'm still getting the same problem. I've disconnected all unnecessary hardware, though I'm stuck with a usb mouse/keyboard (as opposed to PS2). I currently have only the default drivers installed. I've tried using the drivers from the NVIDIA disc that came with the mobo but had the same problems. I'm currently running the system with the side panel removed in hopes that it's not a heat issue. I also ran Memtest-86 v3.5 at the default settings from a boot disc. It ran for an hour and ... Read more

A:Computer freezing - suspect hardware

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first of all i would like to say i am very inexperienced in computer hardware

recently my computer freezes whenever i play any games or videos when it used to work fine. i know the computer isnt that great but it could run all that i needed until it stoped working. for example, i cant run warcraft 3 anymore when i could usualy run elders scrolls oblivion at high settings and wc3 is like 5 or 6 yrs old.

what hapens is the screen freezes and then the monitor turns black after a few seconds and i have to force it off by holding the off switch. after this often the computer boots up w/ low color/resolution settings.

my guess is that my video card is broken but it could definately be something else.

specs are:

Power Suply: 500W Thermaltake
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8Ghz (800Mhz front side bus) (2Mb cache)
Motherboard: nvidia 650i core 2 quad
memory: 4Gb ddr2 corsair @ 667 Mhz
Hard drive: 80Gb Western Digital (8Mb Cache) (less then 5Gb empty if that helps)
Video Card: nvidia geforce 8500gt 256Mb
OS: Vista Home Basic

Any help will be greatly apreciated and thank you.

A:Computer freezing in games (inexperienced in hardware)

with less then 5Gb empty it is a wonder u're computer is not giving more problems. I am not saying that is the only problem u have, but u need a new hard drive as none will work like that.

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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.

A:Computer Freezing for a short time (Hardware Fault)

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.

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Hi guys, I have a problem here:

I have just bought a new computer (2 days ago) and its very good and powerful so the specs arent the problem (quadcore, 4 gb ram, 9800gx2 etc). However, my Dvdrom appears in my computer, but is also in Safely Remove Hardware for some reason. I have noticed that every time I open an application (eg. iTunes) the computer will not freeze, but lag so the when I move the mouse it jumps there, so its kind of freezing. This has been occuring more lately after installing my needed apps (photoshop, dreamweaver, firefox, iTunes) but it was still occuring as soon as I turned the computer on for the first time but now its more often (eg. when i start the computer and i log in it starts playing the log in sound but starts stuttering and then resumes then stutters and so on (this also happens when i play music.)).

I have removed lots of things from my startup (unneeded items) but I think i have pinpointed the problem. When I stop the dvdrom drive (safely remove hardware) the freezing never happens. But then the dvdrom drive disappears from my computer and I can't use it. So how can I make it so that its not in safely rmeove hardware but doesnt lag my computer, but does start up whenth e computer starts.

Thankyou in advance. I didn't know if this was Windows XP or hardware so sorry if it's in wrong spot.

A:DVDROM freezing computer - in safely remove hardware

Guys, I have disabled the dvdrom from Device Manager and it doesn't lag at all anymore but now it doesn't appear in My Computer since it's disabled.

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About 6 months ago the screen started freezing. Then after about 30 seconds a message would appear on screen.... 'No Signal'

Would switch off and restart after a short pause and most times PC would run OK. The problem is random and happens in any app. The PC can operate OK for several hours without a problem.Or it may happen within a few minutes of startup.

As I thought that it was most likely related to the Win 7 software. I upgraded to Win 10.. 2 days ago, without any problems and the desktop seemed to run faster.

However the same problem is occurring again. Could this be a hardware problem?

With Win 10 there is no message about the unexpected shutdown ,when rebooting

A:Computer Freezing with win7 and win10..hardware or software?

It could be hardware related but not guaranteed, if you had done a completely clean installation of Windows 10 rather than an upgrade it could help to confirm that or not.

However, lets see what we can find out

Firstly, please provide details of the PC in question. Is it a prebuilt system like a HP, Dell etc if so please provide the exact make and model (include the 7 digit Dell Service Tag if its a Dell).
If its a self / custom build please provide exact make and model of the motherboard, CPU, RAM, graphics card, power supply, hard drives etc. the more info the better.

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Hello I have just got a computer donated to me last week with windows 2000 I believe it might have a malware or hardware problem so I ran Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and found over 600 infections I removed the malware im 100% sure im even a expert myself but the system is still really slow


Unable to run simple tasks


System idle CPU always 95%

BSOD errors

CDROM not reading disks

System Unbootable sometimes

Is this malware or a hardware problem

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I have Windows 2000 running on an Athlon XP 2300 with 2 two brand new sticks of Viking 512 RAM. After surfing the web for a few minutes, my Internet Explorer gives the message that it has encountered an error and will be restarted. I scanned for viruses and spyware but no problems were detected. I uninstalled and reinstalled Internet Explorer 6.0 but the problem persisted. As a last ditch effort, I reformatted the drive and re-installed Windows 2000 from scratch. Before connecting to the Internet, I re-installed zone alarm pro and all my anti-spyware and antivirus software and immunized the system. After connecting back to the internet for the first time, the problem started happening again. I haven't been to any suspicious websites and no problems are being detected with Norton 2005 or any of the antispyware software (AdAware, Spybot, Microsoft AntiSpyware, and SpySweeper) I have only installed one update (upgrade from IE 5 to IE 6) because Internet Explorer will not stay open long enough to start the process from Microsoft website. My HiJack this log is clean and contained very few entries since its a fresh install. Since I could not find a solution to my problem, I installed Mozilla Firefox instead and guess what is happening....That's right, Mozilla won't stay open either. I am about to pull my hair out trying to figure out what is wrong. Anyone got any ideas? Could this be some kinda hardware related problem

A:Help!! Could this be hardware related?

it firefox wont stay open,

try this, (not a full fix but it will stop the program from closing)
right click on the firefox shortcut icon

then go to ptoperties then click on the tab that says compatability

then run in compatability mode of windows 98.
this should stop it from closing
(not 100%sure if windows 2000 has this.)
i used windows 2000 for aout a week then decided it sucks and went to windows xp.

(windows 2000 always crashed when i would have 2 games running at the same time)

now with windows xp, i can do a msonfig tweak and registry edit
and i can now run battlefield 1942, and starwars jedi academy at the same time with no problem

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Which board is better? I am currently running Board A and was wondering if Board B is worth it to upgrade or if Board A can work and I just need a better processor. If it isn't a major jump, I dont know crap about this stuff. I have a 9400 GT gfx card with 2GBs of RAM on a 18Mbps net connection and I am only pulling 20 fps so I have concluded its my crappy board/processor. Thats with all settings on low.
Board A (What I have):
ECS Web Site

Currently running this for a processor: (Specs are on the right side tab) - Intel Celeron 440 Conroe-L 2.0GHz 512KB L2 Cache LGA 775 35W Single-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops


Board B: (Which I would purchase)
MSI K9N6PGM2-V Motherboard - NVIDIA GeForce 6100, Socket AM2, MicroATX, Audio, Video, PCI Express, 10100 Ethernet LAN, USB 2.0, Serial ATA, RAID at

And run this processor:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Processor ADO4400IAA5DO - 2.30GHz, 1MB Cache, 1000MHz (2000 MTs) FSB, Brisbane, Dual-Core, OEM, Socket AM2, Processor at

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I have started receiving F4 BSOD crashes in the past month.

Today I have decided to format everything, however, I still started to get more F4 BSOD a few hours afterwards.

These are the dumps. If anyone could help me identify the problem.

A:BSOD F4, most likely hardware related.

Dumps are not enough to debug a stop 0xF4 BSOD. Post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.

Attach the data with your reply post.

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Hi to all this is my first post , I will like to see if someone can tell if this is a Hardware or Software related?

I went to my sister house and she told me the computer do not boot up and when we try it again the screen displayed in small letters "no sistem imput"

can someone help me to find out the problem?

A:Hardware or Software related?

Most likely cause is a failed hard drive. If the computer is three years old, or more, or has a Quantum, Maxtor, or silver colored Western Digital drive, that is the problem most of the time.
Luckily you can now get large drives cheaply at,,,,, and many others.
Do you have the install disc set that will be needed.
If you have valuable data that will need to be recovered, that can SOMETIMES be done, but that is a separate question.

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Hello everyone, i really hope someone can help me with this. My laptop, an asus R1E tablet, keeps blue screening. The error on the blue screen sometimes says "memory management" and sometimes says "IRQL less or not equal" or something like that. The strange thing is that i only get a blue screen whenever i move my computer. I often work with it on my lap, and when i move it too quickly or suddenly it blue screens. I've tried taking out my ram and plugging it back in, but this is about the extent of my expertise. I have already run the free downloadable version of memtest on my computer and it didn't find any errors. Any help would be greatly greatly appreciated. I am a sophomore in college, so my laptop is pretty much a necessity...thank you all. Oh, also when i checked my ram, i found that i had two different types of ram installed in my computer, like they were made by separate companies. Not sure if this matters, but it might help you guys find an answer.

A:Hardware related BSOD

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Posted in another forum but no help as of yet :(

Hi, I have a new custom built computer put together by someone I work with. I have been plagued with problems and I think it's hardware related. I got my friend to reinstall Windows but it crashed several times before install completed. He said he tried on my SSD and Samsung HD but still the same problems occur.

Ran Memtest and passed several cycles but tried again and got errors. I removed a ram stick and it passed but got a BSOD after 30 minutes of browsing the web. Then the other stick had the same problems but passed Memtest for 20 minutes until the text on screen garbled where errors are usually listed. I reran test and it passed for a long time. I have no overclock and everything is running at correct voltage.

Seems to be very random and can happen when purposely restarting my PC or doing barely anything at all.

I'm starting to think it's either the RAM or motherboard causing the problems. Here are my components-

i7 2600k
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2 Z68
8 GB G.Skill 1866 Ram
ATI 6950
OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SSD
1TB Samsung HD
Corsair HX850W PSU

I include my last batch of crash dumps since I had Windows reinstalled. Thanks in advance. I might have to RMA something but want to narrow things down.

A:BSOD's...hardware related?

Latest Minidump, hope I can get some advice.

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Windows XP
512 ram 80 GB HD or so

Computer worked great for like 2 years. Then had a problem that I fixed with microsoft windows recovery console.

Then about 3 weeks later the computer broke down again, this time, it seemed more complicated.

I got problems saying something was wrong with system32/drivers/ntfs.sys

When trying to boot from CD:

- "setupdd.sys could not be loaded. The error code is 4. Setup cannot continue. Pres any key to exit"

-An unexpected error (536805376) occured at line 176 in d:\xpclient\base\boot\setup\arcdisp.c.

No idea where to start. Could it be a problem with the physical hard disk or physical memory? Where do I go from here.

BTW I do not have any other RAM or HD that I can plug into this comp to test it out.

Thanks a lot in advance for whatever help you can provide.

A:Bad problem...hardware Related??

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My PC has been giving me the BSOD, but unfortunately at times when I'm not present, so I'm not entirely sure what the cause could be. I've had bsod of death in the past due to faulty RAM, which I figured out using MemTest. However, I've ran this and Prime successfully for over an hour so I think that these bsods are not due to faulty hardware.

I haven't installed any new hardware recently, but I did re-install a driver for my Belkin F6D4050 v1 wireless dongle. However, I did this to try and eliminate another problem with my broadband dropping out (I've since discovered that this is due to my ADSL line and so not to do with the dongle). The driver was exactly the same driver as when my PC was stable, so I can't see a reason why it would be this.

The other thing to note drivers-wise is that I can't seem to find a driver to get rid of two yellow exclamation marks in device manager. These are to do with a Belkin bluetooth dongle that I have: F8T017, which you will probably see in one of the attached files. However, I have never been able to get rid of these, so these have been there while my pc was stable before.

Anyway, I've followed the instructions on:

I would appreciate if an expert could figure out what's going on.

Here's some basic info about my pc:
Self-built pc
Vista x64
System and OS age: around 2 years
CPU: Intel Q6600
GFX: GeForce 8800 GTS
Mobo: Abit IP35 pro
PSU: Corsair HX Series 620W

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A:BSOD unlikely to be hardware related

No BSOD info in the upload, or in the MSINFO32 file.
Please follow these directions to capture the memory dumps:


Upload Dump Files:
Please go to C:\Windows\Minidump and zip up the contents of the folder. Then upload/attach the .zip file with your next post.
Left click on the first minidump file.
Hold down the "Shift" key and left click on the last minidump file.
Right click on the blue highlighted area and select "Send to"
Select "Compressed (zipped) folder" and note where the folder is saved.
Upload that .zip file with your next post.

If you have issues with "Access Denied" errors, try copying the files to your desktop and zipping them up from there. If it still won't let you zip them up, post back for further advice.

If you don't have anything in that folder, please check in C:\Windows for a file named MEMORY.DMP. If you find it, zip it up and upload it to a free file hosting service (not RapidShare as the analysts usually can't download from it) - then post the link to it.
Then, follow the directions here to set your system for Minidumps (much smaller than the MEMORY.DMP file):

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Hello this is my first post and this might be a long post .
these are the problems my computer is suffering with.

I have a Intel p 945 mercury motherboard ,
Intel core 2 duo 2.66ghz
2 gb ram,
1024 mb sparkle gpu,
two hdds 160gb and a 40gb.

Two hdds running simultaneously on my computer . a few months ago this problem started what is happening is my pc has become slow and is playing chopped sound , videos and games.

And eveything has become slow . sometimes i have even recieved the message saying a disk read error , but after restarting i dont recieve any message . and have a normal boot .
I have changed the hdd but it went in vain. changed the hdd cables that also went in vain .

now the problem has become more severe .

And i have observed that even though no program uses the core . but the core usage exceeds to 85%, normally i fix my own computer problems but this time its a serious situation . so please help.

A:Having Hardware related problem for sure..need help

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Here's my problem. I have a Dell Dimension 5150, I'm using an iKey usb keyboard loaned to me because my regular keyboard died. An hour ago I got a virus (Yay, team Stopzilla) and decided, okay, I'll just reformat my hard drive and run a clean slate. But...BUT...when I turn off the computer and try to go into the bios, the machine won't recognize the keyboard until Windows XP is running! I cannot get into my bios! Any suggestions? I need help FAST!

A:Xp-related Hardware Issue?

You will need to connect a PS2 keyboard, if available. Or a wired USB keyboard, is this "iKey" keyboard is wireless.

If wired, try different USB ports on your machine. Some may be recognized before entering Windows.


Also, if you have a virus, I suggest not formatting your harddrive and instead posting to the Virus & Other Malware Removal section of this site.

There are trained Malware Removal Experts there who can clean your computer.

Before you post there though, you need to read this.

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Hi guys,

I need some short and straight-forward answers for these question at this step.
Thank you all very much in advance for the answers. :

1- How is a bit stored on RAM or HDD? I mean, there should be some units like a box to be used for storing a bit whether that bit is 1 or 0. If so, what is the name of such boxes? Are they named flip-flop?

2- How is a virtual CPU used and what is the hyper-threading?

3-What is a cache? What is its levels for (L1, L2, L3)? Is a cache visible? Can CPUs work without a cache? And how do I be able to see the memory size of my computer?s CPU cache?

4- Do ROMs exist nowadays? If not, what instead of them?

5- Is there something named ?Flash Dish??! (I haven't heard this!)

6- What is a cluster in a HDD?

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Following up on cybertech's advice
"These are generally realated to hardware problems. Could be anything from your powersupply to faulty ram.

I suggest you post in the hardware forum for help with finding the cause."

I have posted the WinDbg details on my BSOD:
Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.9.0003.113 X86
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
Loading Dump File [C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini111708-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\symbols*
Executable search path is:
Windows XP Kernel Version 2600 (Service Pack 3) MP (2 procs) Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.080814-1236
Kernel base = 0x804d7000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x8055d720
Debug session time: Mon Nov 17 18:19:26.156 2008 (GMT+11)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:03:36.875
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
Loading unloaded module list
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck 1000000A, {49, 2, 1, 80540990}

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A:bsod related to hardware??

Well got no idea what all that stuff means, but you need to find a way of isolating the problem, so start by removing/disconnecting unessential components, such as the Optical drive, secondary HDDs and any extra memory modules (you only need one).
Then if you have more than one memory module try them out one by one and see if it helps.

If you still have a problem, swap out the PSU for one you know works. If you still have problems then its time to really get your hands dirty and do the following:

1.remove the components from the case and lay them on a flat non metallic surface.
2. make sure you are still only using the essential components: Motherboard, processor, 1 stick of memory, HDD and PSU.
3. Switch on the machine by shorting out the power switch pins on the motherboard.
4. Swap out the remaining components 1 at a time until the problem stops. You will already have eliminated the PSU and memory at this point, so try the HDD and processor next, if its still a problem then its almost cirtainly your motherboard.

If you need any help swapping out parts and assembling/disassembling the PC see the animations on my site here:

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This is a new rig i built, on the first two days of use it ran fine with windows 7 64-bit, but then gave me consistent blue screens of death (Mostly PAGE_FILE_IN_NONPAGED_AREA but it differs from time to time) and after much fighting with drivers, reconnecting everything i re-formatted and installed windows 7 again. but a while later it happened again (the same day).

I ran memory tests on the RAM several times and it came out without errors.
so i re-formatted again and this time installed windows xp 32-bit thinking it might be 64-bit driver issues.
but later the blue screens appeared againg and again.
I ran IntelBurnTest to see if it's the CPU, I tried different RAM sticks, tried different GPUs and tried Furmark.
But the problem cannot be re-created. I tried all of them together to see if anything crashes, but 2 hours later still nothing.
My current suspects are the Motherboard and the Hard Drive (chckdisk came out okay though).

I really don't know what to do with this i'm pretty stuck.
I'll upload some Dump files from my Minidump folder, i hope it contains the answer to this mystery.
I'm pretty sure it's not drivers or software because it crashed clean windows (even on safe mode)
and because i used various versions of drivers to no worth.

Thank you for reading this and trying to help :)

Motherboard: Asus M2N-e (Non-SLI)
CPU: AMD Athlon II x3 445
RAM: 2*2GB Kingston DDR2 800MHz CL6
GPU: AMD Radeon HD5770
PSU: SeaSonic SS-500ET
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A:Probably Hardware-related BSODs

Forgot dump file :P

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Hello, thank you for reading and I hope you can help me.

I've had this PC since Vista's launch (Jan 07) and it has been working fine up until about a year ago (too poor and lazy to fix). I have been having massive BSODs (Stop error 0x0000005 or what not; also MYSQL_NOT_GREATER/LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL_TO) These BSODs only happen when I am doing anything graphically intensive (gaming, video editing) and even audio intensive (Virtual DJ, Protools, Ableton Live etc.) The problem isn't my video card because I RMAd it (much to my dismay, they sent me a worse model) and it didn't fix anything.

I have formatted and re-installed vista a bunch of times and just recently it won't even install vista (constantly crashes during install) and even when it DOES go through, vista freezes constantly and isn't functionable.
I've run diagnostics, but my pc crashes before I ever get any results.

EVGA n680i Motherboard (I've heard this is the issue, I went out and bought a gigabyte ep45 to replace it, but I want to make sure it is the issue before I unbox it)
BFGTECH 8800gt 512
PATRIOT RAM 1066 (2x1gb)
INTEL CORE2QUAD q6600 (stock heatsink)
ANTEC NEO HE550 (550watt powersupply)

I'm sorry if this belongs in a diff thread (I will move it if you tell me)
Thanks so much for reading/helping if you can!

A:Vista BSOD (hardware related, not sure what it is)

Sounds like hard drive to me.

Download the hard drive diagnostic for Western Digital from here:

You need to burn it to a CD or DVD with ISO burning software. If you need the software, I recommend ImgBurn:

Burn the CD and boot from it. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Let us know how it goes. Good luck.

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I've recently build a new computer, but have been receiving several intermittent BSODs.

I don't know a lot about them, so if anyone could help determine what might be the cause, or at least if it's hardware or software related?

I'm aware the performance report says i have no security installed, but I do have mcafee virusscan enterprise installed and running, with one feature turned off.

I'm also aware that there is an "unknown device" in the device manager under plug and play, but i don't think that has anything to do with either?

Windows was boot-installed over the same version of windows on another computer (using the same hard drive in new computer) and then Windows.old was transferred ti external HDD.

All the computer components are brand new (other than the internal HDD) and installed correctly (according to a local IT tech support guy)

My system specs are:

Windows 7Ultimate 64-bit (retail)
ASUS P8P67 Evo Motherboard
Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz
8GB RAM (DDR3, 1333MHz)
ATI Firepro V3750 (256Mb) Graphics

Thanks very much if anyone can help!

A:Is this BSOD hardware or software related?

Related to Alpha Networks Filter driver. Yours from before win 7 was released. Update or remove.
I do notice McAffee which is a frequent cause of BSOD's. I would remove and replace it with Microsoft Security Essentials AT LEAST TO TEST!

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I recent moved my motherboard from my m8530f hp pavilion which is an
M2N78-LA (Viola)
to a new case with a new graphics card (nvidiaBFG tech 260 gtx 55 max OC)
a new power supply (antec 650w)
and a new 1tb SATA hard drive

when I built my computer everything was going fine when I was installing the drivers for xp. After it was done (I think) it goes black for a few seconds and then the blue screen of death! the last hard drive was a sata hard drive as well, and had raid installed on it. now whenever I try to add an SCSI by pressing F6, the hard drive doesn't show up. I cant configure the raid setting in bios. I don't have a floppy disk drive. and I can't plug my old hard drive in because its pins are bent. what do I do? (also my previous OS was 64bit vista)

(I hope that I described my problem as clear as possible)

A:XP BSOD problem, hardware related?

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Compaq Presario F553CL
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
AMD Turion 64 x1 MK-36 2.00 GHz

I had been having problems with it not starting up, and I contacted HP about the problem. They told me to reseat the RAM after the other small fixes didn't work. That fixed the problem for a while, but then it came back. After it came back I bought a new stick of RAM (2GB) to check if I just had a bad stick, but the problem was still there. I'm sure you've heard of this problem many times before; I press the power button, the hard disk and fan start spinning, but then stop, and 10-20 seconds later it shuts off completely and tries to start back up again. After it does it anywhere from 5-20 times it will start up, but that's a big problem.

Today I got it to start and when I tried to check the Windows Experience Index I got a BSOD with no related file. Just a stop error, and the "IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL", i think. I tried to check the index again after I got it to restart and it gave me the same BSOD. When the computer starts back up it gives me a "windows recovered from an unexpected shutdown" screen with the following info

Problem Signature:
Problem event name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.0.6001.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: a
BCP1: F313A948
BCP2: 00000002
BCP3: 00000001
BCP4: 81CB4A84
OS Version: 6_0_6001
Service PAck: 1_0
Product: 768_1

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Hi there
for a few months now, my computer has been freezing every time i try to watch a video or use any media device, and it pisses me right off.
Ive tried defragmenting, ive reinstalled windows, and the problem keeps persisting which makes me think its a hardware problem.
BUT i have 512 mb of ram which should be plenty enough to just watch a video with nothing else open. can anyone give me any advice?
Thanks alot

A:constant hardware-related(?) freeze-ups

G'day dj browser, try having a look in your "system information" folder under the system tools applet (navigating from the start button)
When you open that program you will find a nice area with a menubar with a "tools" item, drop down the list and see if you are showing a "problem log" if so open it and you may be able to get an idea of what program is causing the freezes.
Chances are if the program itself is not causing the problem it may be a driver error.
Sometimes using a specific driver removal tool for your card and removing the driver then reinstalling a new driver may help.
Sometimes removing the viewing program and reinstal may help.
It would also pay to run a "memtest86" test to confirm your memory is up to the task before you get too involved. Google the name, download the program, make a bootable disk and boot to it. Good program!!
Cheers, qldit.

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Hey all,
My friend has a dell computer and has downloaded a game onto it called "Gunbound". Anyways, he started to play it but has a problem - there is a black strip about an inch or so wide going right down the middle of the screen.

He has a geforce4 mx 440 videocard

If anyone could help me, we would really appreciate it.


A:Game problem-related to hardware

Try changing the resolution of the game. Also, try changing the Antialising settings.. You can also run windows update to make sure you have microsoft approved drivers, and the latest directx.. I've gotten a few drivers off nvidia's website that I've had troubles with in the past.

Check in the settings of the game to make sure 3d is handled by hardware and not software.

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New game says I need a 64 socket video card, I have a systemax HU 805 (Duel Core/64 socket) with integrated Invidea(sp) video card. Games freeze or slow down really a lot,
when complex video requirements arise. What should I do. Don't have a ton of money.

A:Hardware/game related problem

I went ahead and did a little bit of research on your setup there. Looks like your only running 512mb of RAM with S3 Unichrome integrated graphics. So to put it bluntly your system is not up to the task of playing games at a decent level. All hope is not lost. However it does require you open up your wallet. For the video card I recommend you go with this:

It's too bad you are stuck with an AGP slot. That's pretty much the best bang for the buck i can find for an AGP video card.

I would also suggest buying another stick of RAM if you can afford to. If you want to do that as well i will need detailed specs on the RAM itself to see if i can find a match for it. Otherwise you will want to go with a new set of matched ram.

Just buying the video card will show a HUGE improvement in gaming. On-board graphics REALLY suck. Right now you have an on-board S3 unichrome gpu that uses your system memory (that's not good). Graphics cards have their own on-board memory. So by using a video card instead of on-board video you will be freeing up 64mbs of system memory as well as a graphics processor that can handle just about anything there is out there right now.

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I'm posting here because after a series of days trying to solve the problem I went back to starting point (BSOD). Dateails of error after machine characteristics:
? OS - Win 7 pro x64
? What was the original installed OS on sthe ystem? Win7 pro
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? came installed with Win 7 pro
? Approximate age of system (hardware): 5 yo
? Approximate age of OS installation (if you know) : 5yo
? Have you re-installed the OS? no

? CPU i7
? Video Card: Saphire HD 7970
? MotherBoard (if NOT a laptop) Asus turbo V ??
? Power Supply - brand & wattage (if NOT a laptop): Antec 750 W

? System Manufacturer : Keynux
? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom). P183 ????

Desktop mid tower

1: Windows 7 working fine up to here start lagging becoming slower and slower
2: after 1 week of point 1 I boot the pc and windows logo shows up and after a minute or so it freezes and gives a BSOD : c000021a
the windows subsystem process terminated etc etc c000006 (0xfd95ab52 0x00b6e400).
3:this problem was never solved so I send the HD (sata 1Tb) to a professional that open in clean room (he also clean the wallet =1000?) and made a clone in another HD.

4: meanwhile I try old clone done 3 years ago in another HD and it boots fine and windows works nice. But this clone lacks many programs installed since then and data.
5: I get the new cloned H... Read more

A:BSOD related with Windows 7 and not hardware

Hi, are you able to boot into Safe Mode?

Start your computer in safe mode - Windows Help

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Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (socket AM2)
Asus M2N-E mobo (Latest beta BIOS)

When my PC restarts it is usually when I am away. One time, however it restarted when pressing "Send" button on WLM. I talked to my brother who had me disable automatic restart in Startup and Recovery settings so I will be able to see the blue screen or error message. I also checked the event log and a few are listed below as FYI.

EVENT LOG INFO-------------------------------------
Faulting application wmplayer.exe, version, faulting module , version, fault address 0x00000000.

(Four seconds later the one below was logged)

Faulting application explorer.exe, version 6.0.2900.2180, faulting module , version, fault address 0x00000000.

Another one approx a week before the top two:

Windows cannot impersonate the user. (Not enough storage is available to process this command. ). Group Policy processing aborted.
END EVENT LOG---------------------------------------

The crashes do not seem to be hardware related as nothing is overheating and I ran OCCT and Prime 95 at the same time, each one was running on a different core, but for only 16 minutes. I had previously ran Prime95 for several hours testing CPU and RAM, weeks earlier.

Spybot and Adaware came up with nothing but cookies however the adaware add on link in the 5 steps above doesnt work so I did not install the add on. I downloaded the scan version of Spysweeper and other than cookies found a... Read more

A:Random Restarts: Not hardware related?


Hows my hijackthis log look?

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I have an alienware laptop that seems to randomly lockup. This is most likely a hardware issue, possibly overheating? Here are some pictures of the laptop when it has this problem:

**h* t *t* p* :* /* /* t* i *n *y *p *i *c *. *c *o *m */ *f *v *y *4 *x *l *. *j *p *g**

**h* t* t* p* :* /* /* t* i* n* y* p* i* c* .* c* o* m */ *f* v* y* 6* o* *3 *. *j *p *g**

**h* t* t* p* :* /* /* t* i* n* y* p* i* c* . *c *o *m */ *f *v *y *6 *v*d* .* j* p* g**
**h *t *t *p *: */ */ *t *i *n *y *p *i *c *. *c *o *m */ *f *v *y *7 *h *h *.* j* p* g**

(sorry about the * and spaces, it wouldn't let me post URL's)

Sometimes this error occurs within five minutes, other times several hours. Up until this error occurs everything on the system seems to be running fine, then just all of a sudden it just dies as shown above. Any ideas as to what the problem may be would be appreciated.

A:Random hardware related lockups

When I set the resolution to 1024x768 the prblem doesnt appear to occur (or hasnt yet). 1280x800 is what I had it set to before. I dont like this new resolution, but I guess im stuck useing it until I can figure out how to fix it.

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I just got done taking my computer on a trip, and I'm now having some trouble with it. I use Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 2. It worked fine before I packed it up, but now it only gets to the Windows load screen and freezes. This worries me because it is probably a result of something that I did to it while packing, though I tried to be careful with it. Is there anything specific that I should look for in order to solve this problem?

A:Problem Booting Up- Hardware Related?

If you just transported it, i'd re-check every cable that goes in to the computer once.
If that doesn't work, open the cover and try re-seating all you cards and
ram + make sure that all the ide and powercables are tightly inserted.

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Skype is really unclear and unstable for me. The sound quality of the other party is terrible, it's unclear and the voices randomly goes up and down for no reason even though the camera/mic in one is brand new over there!

The video quality on both parties is also unclear even though I'm using a 1.3mp cam on my new laptop and the other party is using a brand new webcam/mic.

What can we do?

A:Problem with Skype - hardware related


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Hi all,

I have an MSi GT70 20C Laptop that I've had numerous problems with.

When I first ordered this laptop it was dead on arrival, and had to be shipped back for fixing. Since i've gotten it back, I have had BSODs ranging from 0-2 times a week up to 6 times in a day.

I finally got fed up with it and started digging. I did memtest and recieved no errors after 6 passes, I just tried running driver verifier and the computer would not boot up, but yielded a dump file for me. I checked OS integrity as well as Harddrive chkdsk came back clean. Attached is the required dumps. I did check through the memory dump for the verifier and it does mention possibly hardware related. I've heard interpreting the verifier dumps is a science so hopefully someone more experienced can help me out.

This BSOD tendency has carried through from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It doesn't seem to have a rhyme or reason to when it crashes, although I've noticed certain apps such as Steam Games don't cause crashes but having java applications and IDE's open seem to increase the tendencies.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.


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im running windows xp prof sp2

and i just reinstalled it, so everything is basically default stuff, but here are some things i cant figure out how to change:

if i get an error, or i hold down backspace until u cant backspace anymore, or you hold some kind of arrow button until its at the end, the computer makes a beep, its not like a .wav file beep being pumped through the speakers, its an actual beep, like the beeping from a modem....and it beeps when i get errors or i hold my backspace down and when the cursor hits the edge of the screen (nothing left to erase), it just starts beeping, and it beeps when other things like the aformentioned take place.

how do i make it so that when i hit the power button on my computer, it just comes to the desktop.....i have no password for my user account (which is the admin account)....but everytime i turn on the computer, i have to click my little icon at the welcome page, then it shows the desktop....i dont wanna have to do this every time...

next to the power button on my computer is a little "i" button....and i know u can configure this button to do whatever u want....cuz i have for example, when pushed, it might open the internet.....ok but i forget how to get to the appropriate place where i can set it to what i want.....

oh and lastly the most crucial issue...
i need some ideas on how to modify/alter/configure my display properties (?) cuz something is messing up....what would happen is, say i want to dr... Read more

A:plz help with a few problems - i guess hardware related

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I keep getting a BSOD and computer will restart by itself.
I don't know if this is the cause of hardware problems or malware. 
Will post whatever logs that are needed.

A:Can't tell if Malware or hardware related issues?

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer.Please run the following:Please download the appropriate version of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.exe) from here: (for 32bit systems) (for 64bit systems)save it to your desktop.Note: You need to run the version compatible with your system. If you are not sure which version applies to your system download both of them and try to run them. Only one of them will run on your system, that will be the right version.Double-click to run it.Press Scan button.It will make a log (FRST.txt) in the same directory the tool is run. Please copy and paste it to your reply.The first time the tool is run, it makes also another log (Addition.txt). Please attach it to your reply.

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I am having frequent BSOD's always with different error codes. I am basically assuming my motherboard is faulty.

More details here: Blue Screen. BCCode: 1e - Microsoft Community

Basically I have ran memtest 5.01 for 18 hours (8 passes), ran seagate tools, dskchk, I swaped out video cards (the original card which I thought caused problems works perfectly in a friends system).

However, someone mentioned to physically test the ram and plug it out 1 by 1. I was wondering tho if there is a quicker method. Should I use 2 pairs at a time? Or just 1? Or keep 3 at a time and keep swapping 1 at a time.

Or go ahead and trust memtest that none of my 4 modules are bad and RMA my motherboard.

A:Different BSOD codes, hardware related

Please follow - Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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I have been struggling with BSOD's for a very long time now but it has only gotten worse, so it is now time for me to get rid of it.

PC info:
- Windows 7 64-bit full retail version
- CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
- Motherboard: Asus P5QL Pro
- RAM: DIMM1: 2x Corsair XMS2 CM2X2048-6400C5 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM --- 4 GB total
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
I have just formatted my PC a couple of days ago and it still blue screens when i'm playing video games, so I guess it has to be hardware related.
I have been running memtest two times with 1 RAM stick in my pc each time and both came out clean with no errors whatsoever.

So what could it be then?
-Graphics card
-Hard drive

Is there any software that can test these parts of my PC so I can narrow this down and find the hardware problem?

If anyone has an idea on how to fix this please let me know.

I am willing to spend money on new parts if they are broken.

A:Hardware related blue screens - Please help!

Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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I'm trying to get a friend's PC up to snuff. He inherited it and it was full of spyware, viruses, and malware so much to a point that it was almost impossible to do anything. It was taking over the entire internet connection to a point that no one could get online from any computer on the network. Anyway I decided it was time to reformat the computer which fixed almost all the problems. One problem that wasn't fixed was random hanging anywhere from 1s to 30 minutes after Windows XP boots. I'm assuming this means it was hardware related since the problem exists. It was a clean uneventful as far as I could tell.

stantley and pugmug were nice enough to recommend some software to ID the specs. I'll summarize the results unless somebody thinks more detail could help them identify the problem. Anyone want to suggest where I might want to start in the way of swapping out hardware? I'm thinking I will upgrade his memory anyway so that should be easy to detect if that's the problem. Nothing feels excessively hot and all the fans are all working.

Thanks for any help or advice anyone can provide and I can provide more information if necessary!!!

Quick version
WinXP home (build 2600)
P4 1.8 GHz cpu
Maxtor 6L040J2 40 Gb HD
Nvidia GeForce2 MX 100/200
256mb PC2100

Longer version:

CPU-Z version 1.36

Processors Map
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A:Random Hanging, hardware related

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I have been experiencing a very nasty crashing issue for a few months now, and I can't seem to single out the problem. When I play any game that requires decent graphical power, my computer crashes and my monitor shows a nice ballet of random colors in a static-like pattern. Where my mouse pointer was, I will see a slight outline of a box. Sometimes if I am lucky, though very rarely, I will still hear sound in the background (if I have winamp running I've even had it switch to the next song in the playlist). No matter what though, It won't unlock. After this happens, I hard boot and sometimes I get it again right off the bat even before bios loads up. Sometimes this is accompanied by a loud high pitched noise (it's not from the warning led, almost sounds like it comes from the power supply). When I finally get it running again, it works fine, until I load up a movie or play a game where graphics are needed.

Here is info on my system, and some tests I have ran.

Athlon 64 3200+ processor socket 754
Gigabyte GA-K8NNXP w/ nForce 3 150 chipset
2x512 Corsair XMS-XL Pro series memory with LED
Dual IDE hard drives, one is 200g other is 40g. Windows running off the 200
BFG GeForce 6800 256mb video card
SB Audigy 2 ZS sound card
400w Switching Power Supply
2 DVD/CD combo drives, plus a 3 1/2 floppy
-the case has three large fans, one in the back, one on the side, and one on the front next to the hard drives.
-Not overclocked in any way

So I have all the latest vi... Read more

A:Crashing issue (probably hardware related)

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Hey guys,

I had this posted in a previous thread about my RAM problems (which I fixed by getting better quality RAM ), but very frequently my system will hang for about 2 seconds. This all occurred after my laptop slid off my bed and dropped about 2 feet onto it's back-bone. I am still able to move the mouse while the system hangs.

Now, I know this is not a memory related problem as I just installed 2 GB of Crucial DDR2 PC-5300 RAM (which are AMAZING!). A lot of you will try to suggest a virus or spy-ware scan, but seeing as how it happened right after I dropped the damn thing, I don't think the problem is software related.

I also know that it's hard to diagnose hardware problems over the internet, but can any of you give me some tips?

I'm honestly thinking of just bringing the thing into BestBuy to get warranty service on it. Hopefully it's something too damaged for them to deem it worth it to fix and they will have to give me a new laptop

I appreciate all your help!



A:Hardware Related - System Hanging?

No one has ANY thoughts?

I'm starting to think it's due to the graphics card. Does anyone know of a program that can test to see if the graphics card is running properly?

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Hello everyone!

Before I tell you my story; basic info about my system:

? OS - Windows 7 x64, OEM
? Fresh install of OS
? CPU - Intel i5 750 2,7 GHz (OC 3,43 Ghz)
? Video Card - Sapphire Radeon 6950 2GB
? MotherBoard - Asus Sabertooth 55i
? Power Supply - Corsair 450VX 450 Watts
? Memory - Corsair Dominator 8GB (4GB, 2GB tested) PC3-12800

I decided recently to buy a new motherboard and new RAM for my system. My old PC had the same chipset and same RAM-modules ( Asus P7P55D and Corsair Dominator modules ), so I figured the upgrade would be a breeze.

Now, I never had any problems with the installation of windows 7, it went just fine. I installed all the drivers and programs I needed and went to bed. The day after when I booted my system up for a second time, it went BSOD at the Windows login. The BSOD told me something about "MEMORY_MANAGEMENT".

So I took a peek at my new modules and saw that they where different versions (3.1 vs 7.1). I'm still waiting for Corsair to answer me about the compability of different module versions.

I ran Memtest86+ 7 times with these configurations without any errors:
4 sticks (8 GB) - All channels.
2 sticks (4 GB) - A and B channels seperate (Both old and new sticks).
1 stick (2 GB - current config) A and B channels seperate.

No matter how I put the sticks; the problem remains. But there is one more detail. The BSOD only occur when I try to login to Windows (No password, logins automatically). And I have a small bu... Read more

A:BSOD - New hardware (Memory related?)


I'm not one to diagnose BSOD errors, I'll leave that to the specialists over here, but you are very underpowered for an HD 6950. That card needs at least 650W to operate efficiently. I realize that you have no problems playing games currently, and the reason for that being that Corsair PSU's are top quality and can pull more wattage then what's labeled on them and still function without breaking down, for a while at least.

But fast forward time a little bit, and the PSU will decide it had enough. It's going to fail and possibly kill other hardware with it. I would strongly suggest you upgrade to at least 650W, preferably 750W to protect your system from such fate. I'd stick with Corsair as well.

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Hi! Have been getting BSOD for about a month now and been trying to fix it myself but I really don't know what the problem is. I believe it is hardware related either to the motherboard or processor but can't really confirm that either is faulty. It started after I installed a SSD so I thought that was the problem for awhile and based my troubleshooting on it being faulty. However I don't think it's the issue anymore because I've tried doing fresh installs without it on a HDD and reverted my BIOS to default settings and still have BSOD problems. I did get the crashing to stop after I completely disassembled my system and put it back together, reapplying themal paste to the processor. This made the crashing stop for about a week. My temps for the processor don't seem to be dangerously high though. Less than 60C. My video card gets a bit hot but says below 70C. But I have tried using a different video card too so I think that it's not the problem.

edit : Crashes usually happen under load (gaming) but happens while idle as well.

I will just make a list of the things I've tried. I've probably done some other things too trying to Google and find out a solution. Can't remember everything I've tried.

- Multiple fresh installs of Windows 7 and Vista on a SSD and HDD.
- Tried Memtest86+ for a total of ~20 passes and hours
- Tried using a different video card with fresh install
- Updated BIOS for motherboard and firmware for SSD

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The pre 2009 version of this driver is a known BSOD cause.

Please visit this link: Asus tek computer inc. -support- drivers and download p7p55d le

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download P7P55D LE
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P5K-VM

Scroll down to the utilities category, then scroll down to the "atk0110 driver for windowsxp/vista/windows 7 32&64-bit" (it's about the 12th item down).

Download and install it.

Go to c:\windows\system32\drivers to check and make sure that the asacpi.sys file is date stamped from 2009 or 2010 (not before).

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Hello. I'm going to be one of those people who made an account here because it's the first result for a tech support forum due to it's name. Hopefully someone on here knows a bit about what's going on, as help would be much appreciated. As I said in the title of the thread, I'm have several problems and I'm unsure if they are hardware or software related.

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1545. It's about 4 years old. I am running Windows 7.

The problem possibly began a few weeks ago, when my AVG (virus/spyware protector) detected two trojans that they could not remove from my registry. As a default response, I used a System Restore to a point before I got that notice. I made sure AVG was up to date and ran it again, it did not detect the trojans anymore. I have run AVG scan several times now and it doesn't detect anything, so I'm unsure if this incident is related or simply a coincidence.

The true start of my problems was several days ago, when my laptop was no longer able to come out of sleep mode. I would close the laptop, leave it be, come back to it and when opening the laptop nothing happens. It remains a black screen and the only way to get the laptop to turn back on is to turn it off and reboot it via the power button. This does not happen every time, but definitely the majority of the time. Just to make sure it wasn't the problem, I updated several of my drivers (audio, video, BIOS), which did not resolve the problem.

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A:Several Problems, not sure if hardware or software related.

Hi and welcome to TSF lets test your system files are ok SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker - Windows 7 Help Forums
and then we can check the drive The How-To Geek Guide to Using Check Disk in Windows 7 or Vista
please post back on how this has gone

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Hi, I'm having some issues with my PC and i am not sure what is wrong, i have exhausted what knowledge i have to be honest.

A couple of weeks ago i was using my PC same as always and i got a crash, i dont remember the exact nature now but i restarted the PC and when i did i was greeted with a black screen with a flashing cursor when i tried to boot. I fiddled around with my hard drive configuration at this point disabling one then the other to see if i could get the GRUB loader to appear. This didnt work but when i put both drives back in as they were before i could access GRUB again but it would throw up error 21. Makes sense, i messed around with the drive positioning so grub would be a bit confused.

It's from this point that things went really wrong. I used a LIVE ubuntu CD to try and repair grub but found that my 320GB HDD was actually inaccessible due to a bad superblock. Further inspection showed that both my HDD's were showing some level of corruption.

I ran SEATOOLS on both my drives in the hopes that at least an error code would get me an RMA. The 250GB drive passed fine first time. The 320GB drive did not, it failed the long test due to some corrupt LBA's that it corrected. It has passed the long test twice now without error.

I decided at this point just to cut my losses, reformat the drives and start over. This went relatively painlessly and once i was setup in ubuntu i got a reminder that my HDDs were failing. This feature is notoriously o... Read more

A:Unknown Hardware Fault. Maybe HDD related, maybe not?


Tried extracting an archive on the 250GB drive, went at 16MB/s, lagged my computer out like crazy and i had to forcibly close the extraction. Copied the files to my 320GB (copied at full speed btw) and extracted there at 40MB/s with no impact on my PC performance whatsoever.

Seems fairly obvious then that my 250GB is simply screwed? Is there anything i can do here? SMART only shows 34 reallocated sectors out of 36 that were available for remapping leaving 2 spare sectors still, it should not be behaving like this, should it?

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Please help this guy out!

Potential hardware issue

Thank you!

Please do NOT put replies to this post!

Brainbench MVP for Microsoft Word

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I want to install a new mb on a pc but I'm thinking that when I try to start the pc after connecting the old hdd, the os won't recognize the mb. The OS if I remember correctly is XP home. It was an OEM, so can I use the original recovery disks that came with the system?

A:Solved: 1 of 3 hardware related issues

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Hello everyone! New member with an old problem. BSoD.For about two months now, I've been having those. Actually it's been happening ever since I installed a new sound card (SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme) and a new graphic card (GeForce 8800GT 512Mo). I've cleaned up my registry as best I could, updated my drivers and spent way too much time looking at Minidump files, too no effect. Recently though, a pattern has appeared which is a little weird and which has me thinking that the problem may not be driver related.Here's what's happening:Last weekend I installed an old game for my wife. I did the usual, installing and rebooting and then she started playing. About an hour and 45 minutes later, I get the old BSoD so I let the system reboot and she starts playing again. After another hour and 45 minutes later, the PC gives another BSoD. So out of curiosity, we keep going and everytime, after about an hour and 45 minutes later, the system gives me a BSoD and reboot.Now considering this strange behavior, and since the analysis of the Minidump files is inconclusive (Trap_Cause_Unknow, Unexpected Interrupt, Unknown Floating Point, Analysis Inconclusive, Blahblahblah...), the origin of these BSoD may be something else.So...HardwareUnless one of the new card is not fonctionning properly, my first hypothesis is that the power supply may not be up for the job of running two new cards on top of what it used to run. The previous sound card was integrated and the old gra... Read more

A:Bsod: Hardware Or Software Related?

What error messages do you get for the BSOD?

What key errors are reflected in Event Viewer?

If I suspect a hardware problem...I just remove the hardware I have doubts about...and try to run the system without it.

I also try the hardware on that "spare system" I allow myself (I have 2 desktops).

In your case, I would have tried the devices one at a time...both on the problem system and on another system running the same O/S.

If each worked independently of the other, I would then try to get them to play together. just doesn't happen.


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Hi guys, I been having a strange problem with my graphics card lately. Randomly yesterday I was playing Call of Duty (Modern Warfare 2) and suddenly the graphics went crazy on me (see attached pictures). I can't imagine what would randomly cause this to happen. While I originally thought it was a problem with just this game, there are small noticable graphics glitches that occur on my computer now. On startup, for instance, the computer screen has tiny white dots going up and down, and there are some other minor glitches but nothing extremely noticable.
Basically I'm wondering if this could possibly be a fixable software problem, or if it's a hardware issue. Last year I had my graphics card suddenly break, but the computer was basically unusable after that, which leads me to believe this may actually be a driver problem with my graphics card. I installed new drivers for the card but it had no effect.

My card is a Radeon HD 4350.
The only change in the computer I can think of is that I installed a demo of a game (Jedi Knight II), which played perfectly fine, and played Call of Duty afterwards and everything was working fine for at least a little while before this problem surfaced.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

A:Is this graphics problem hardware or software related?

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I've been having blue screens with my laptop for a while. They seem to be related to hardware/memory, although running memory tests yield no errors. I've switched out the ram and the hard drive and they continue to occur. I've tried updating a lot of my drivers, which again, does nothing. I can't seem to decipher these crash dumps on my own, so could somebody take a look at them for me?

A:Randomly occurring BSoDs related to hardware

Host Name: GERALT-PC
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type: Multiprocessor Free
Registered Owner: Geralt
Registered Organization:
Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00400
Original Install Date: 10/05/2013, 20:16:18
System Boot Time: 01/09/2013, 14:08:24
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Latitude D630
System Type: x64-based PC
There seems to be a problem with your Windows activation. Please post this report: Activation Issue Posting Instructions

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I posted a similiar ? in another forum because I dont know how to move it here..
I found a HDD and have hooked it up as a slave (cuz I am nosey) and I want to see what is in it.
But I seemed to have run into a little bump in the road...
well I am running xp pro and the hdd has 98 I think. In the other forum I was told tat they should be compatible as far as viewing but I can only see very few jpegs of thier taste in porn and I cannot open or read any of the text files some folders I cannot even open. I get syntax is incorrect or file has been corrupted or network not available errors.
They had a zip drive also in the tower and almost all the files have weird names with shapes, punctuations, #'s and letters like encryption or something.
does anyone have any tips or do you think like I am getting closer to thinking ,that they corrupted the disk on purpose.
I almost hope they did cuz its not a good Idea to throw your working hdd away with all your info on it..
especiallly with nosey people like me out there felt like christmas when I seen the HDD still in it . I still had my pc open from the last slave I did on a hdd to see what was on it anyways.

A:found HDD help..not a hardware question software related

Naughty,naughty, don't think you are going to get much joy out of that by the sound of it,trouble is, its wet your appetite by now I suppose but it really sounds too corrupted to be bothering about,thats probably why it was thrown away,better luck next time,Happy fishing .....

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i recently bought some pc133 memory from circuit city to upgrade my ageing machine and found out later that it was not compatible because my machine actually took pc 100 (a stupid mistake, I know ) when i put the old memory back in the machine, it goes through the usual drive booting sequence and then goes into a black screen that says:
Windows could not start because of an error in the software
Load needed DLLs for kernel
Did i accidentally burn out my mother board? or destroy my hard drive? What stupid mistake did i make? please help

I was wearing a watch with an velcro strip band when i installed the memory could this possibliy have shorted out something?

A:URGENT! hardware related booting error (i think)

its working again, i don't know what i did but i got it working YAY!

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Hi Guys,

first post here. My wife's computer has been 'on the fritz' for quite some time now. I just can't get a handle on what is actually bad. I've been told possibly a bad HDD controller, which would make sense, but I don't really want to spend the money for a new board if that isn't it. Ok, so here we go with the actual problem itself.

first time she had trouble with it, she was having a hard time getting the computer to boot up. It would boot, but windows wouldn't load ( a stop error, but I can't remember the exact error it spit out at me), which lead me to believe hard drive was going bad. So I pulled it and tested it in another drive, and it did the exact same thing , so naturally I bought a new hard drive. Put it in and it worked GREAT. For about 3 weeks that is. Then the same thing again. So again, I pulled the hard drive out, stuck it in another computer and it worked FLAWLESSLY. Same TYPE of error again, although perhaps not the exact same one.

Any Ideas?

A:STOP ERROR (hardware related apparently)

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can any one help mw with my ps2, it is ejecting the games but the disc tray is not going back into the console (only about 1/3 rd of the way) anybody got any advice to what may be obstructing the disc tray?
the tray is now stuck fully ejected.


A:ps2 problem - hardware related ie-dvd/game loader

Look on the bottom of your PS2 and check what the model number is. The 30001 series (the first series) were junk and I heard that a lot of them had faulty trays. I believe that if you have that model of PS2 that Sony will fix it for free if you call their 1-800 number.

If it's not that model, then you might just have to buy another PS2. It's hard to find anyone who fixes them, and usually the cost to have them repaired outweighs the cost of getting a new system (espeically with the holiday deals you can get this time of year!)

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Basically, I have an XP machine that was acting up. For some reason, WIN98 was loaded onto the machine by someone else (XP was originally what came on the PC). A new harddrive was also installed at the time WIN98 was loaded. So brand new hard drive, with bare bones WIN98, running unbelieveably slow. Did some basic troubleshooting, didnt seem to have any viruses or spy problems. Everything worked but it was ridiculously slow loading programs, opening windows, even just responding to mouse clicks. Long story short, formatted the drive, and tried to install XP.

The XP install also ran extremely slow, you could watch it copy each individual file! Machine is an HP Pavilion XT938 desktop, has 128MB memory, 80G hard drive, 1.3AMD Athlon processor. Should be plenty to run WINXP with no problems. I let the install run all night. After finally making it through the setup/configuration, it wouldnt boot past the welcome screen. I let it sit all night again just to see if it would go past, but it did not.

Tried another hard drive, tried other memory, same results. I am NOT very good with hardware related issues, but Im convinced this is hardware related. Where should I start troubleshooting from this point? Possible motherboard issue?

Thanks for any help.

A:Xp Machine Running Slow, Hardware Related?

Has it always had 128 meg of ram? That is way low for Win XP, it will run, but at a crawl. 256 is good, 512 is better. RAM is very cheap these days, I would try that and then go from there.But, if the computer has always had this small an amount of ram, and has gotten slower, there may be other problems.You could go to and try their diagnostic program, it will give you some hardware information.If you hadn't changed the hard drive I would also suspect virus or spyware and unless you are 100% certain the second drive was clean I would run and post a Hijack This Log. Especially do this if you go to pc pitstop and they say there are problems in this area. For information on how to prepare for and post a Hijack This Log go to: there is any possibility of virus or spyware problems, post the Hijack This Log and do nothing until someone has reviewed your post and gotten back to you.

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After replacing a power supply and reinstalling windows my computer has not recognized its own ethernet port, a pci slot wireless card, or any other network related hardware. This has been very frustrating because nothing seems to work. Other hardware plugged into the pci slots work fine such as the video card. I have tried adjusting options in the bios and even flashing the bios to a newer version but neither have worked. I had the newest drivers installed for the wireless card and ethernet port installed(realtek) but the hardware is not even recognized at all in the hardware manager. The only device with a yellow question mark was a device labeled as "SM Bus Controller". Can anyone please tell me what I am doing wrong and how to fix the issue?

A:Windows XP not recognizing any network related hardware

You need to install the Chipset driver.

What make/model PC? If custom built then post the MB make/model.

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Hi everyone

I've been getting lots of BSOD (same causes every time) when just doing normal windows task. It just occurs as time passes. Not playing a game or doing anything intenous. I recently moved my PC so something might be a bit loose? It must do with my display driver/card because the screens just go black and I cant see the BSOD. There is a loud buzzing/beeping noise through the headphones while this occurs. I must power reset the PC to get it back to normal

A:BSOD Hardware/driver related - 0x00000116

Yeah, that is related to your video driver, I notice you only have 10 updates installed too.

Please perform the following:

1. Download and save this tool to your desktop:

2. Run the tool, and then click Copy - ignore any errors if they appear

3. Use CTRL+V to paste the unedited results of the tool here in your next reply.

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I'm posting here because after a series of days trying to solve the problem I went back to starting point (BSOD). Dateails of error after machine characteristics:
? OS - Win 7 pro x64
? What was the original installed OS on sthe ystem? Win7 pro
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? came installed with Win 7 pro
? Approximate age of system (hardware): 5 yo
? Approximate age of OS installation (if you know) : 5yo
? Have you re-installed the OS? no

? CPU i7
? Video Card: Saphire HD 7970
? MotherBoard (if NOT a laptop) Asus turbo V ??
? Power Supply - brand & wattage (if NOT a laptop): Antec 750 W

? System Manufacturer : Keynux
? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom). P183 ????

Desktop mid tower

1: Windows 7 working fine up to here start lagging becoming slower and slower
2: after 1 week of point 1 I boot the pc and windows logo shows up and after a minute or so it freezes and gives a BSOD : c000021a
the windows subsystem process terminated etc etc c000006 (0xfd95ab52 0x00b6e400).
3:this problem was never solved so I send the HD (sata 1Tb) to a professional that open in clean room (he also clean the wallet =1000?) and made a clone in another HD.

4: meanwhile I try old clone done 3 years ago in another HD and it boots fine and windows works nice. But this clone lacks many programs installed since then and data.
5: I get the new cloned H... Read more

A:BSOD related with Windows 7 software not hardware

Please help if you think the problem can be solved.

Some information about the BSOD is needed. Provide a camera snap of the BSOD screen at least which will give the onscreen codes.

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Hi there everyone!

I am having some major problems with my PC this past week or so.

To start off, I started noticing that everything was SLOW and sticky, everything from just mousing around windows to watching videos online. Even typing at about 50WPM the text lags and sticks every few letters as if it has to catch up with you.

So, I decided the try the most obvious route and reboot.

Well, that turned out not so well. When I went through the start menu and selected "turn off computer" and then "restart" everything appeared to shut down just fine, right to black screen, but then my internal fan seemed to pump into overdrive and then it just stayed like that, not rebooting just sort of hanging there until I eventually pressed and held the power button on front of the computer.

Its becoming hell to run ANYTHING.

I also have not been able to reboot into safe mode for some time, as it hangs and hangs for over half an hour at agp.sys or somethng of that nature.

I am working with Windows XP SP2, and have an IBM Netvista desktop with 2.00ghz processer and 512 RAM.

Something else I have noticed is that something is constantly chewing up the processer in task manager.

I am hoping someone might be able to shed some light on this before something major happens and I lose her completely. Either that or I throw it out the damn window in frustration.


A:Major Problems, May Be Hardware or Windows Related

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I ran the Microsoft set-up for Windows 10 on my Windows 7 desktop last night, but then scheduled the actual upgrade for tomorrow (got through running the checks and the download only). When I came to my PC this morning it looks like it rebooted, and I had a "Boot Failure; insert disc and press enter" error. Hitting enter didn't do anything, so I restarted (note that my keyboard LEDs were on). When I initially restarted, the case fans turned on, but the screen would not, nor would the power light on the case. I let it sit for 20 minutes and tried again, and now the mobo option screen would come up, but it would not move past that. Also, my keyboard LEDs were not lit, yet my mouse was. I was trying to get into BIOS options, but it would not move past that screen.I'm thinking hardware failure here, but not sure if it could potentially be related to something that happened with windows 10 pre-install that would've affected it, since the timing is very coincidental. Any thoughts?

A:Boot/hardware failure related to Windows 10?

You're correct IMO.  It seems highly coincidental, but the symptoms do seem hardware related.
I would first suggest running Startup Repair (for W7) as the system hasn't been updated yet.
Is there any chance that the hard drive is overfull?  If it is, it may not be able to boot because of the lack of room for operations that Windows has to perform.
You can try these bootable hardware diagnostics (if you can boot from removeable media):

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Hi guys. I'm in desperate need of help. Just about every program and game I try to run on my computer crashes constantly. If it doesn't do it now, it'll do it soon. I have installed all the latest drivers for my hardware and installed the latest Windows Updates (Windows XP Home Edition w/ SP2), but I still suspect this might be a hardware problem. I built my computer myself, so here's the specs:

- BIOSTAR TForce4U-775 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX Intel Motherboard.
- Intel Pentium 4 640 3.2 GHz Processor (w/ Hyper-Threading).
- OCZ Gold Series DDR2 667 1 GB (2 x 512MB) Memory.
- Wester Digital Caviar 250 GB SATA Hard Drive.
- eVGA Geforce 6800XT 256MB 256-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card.

And here's the list of programs that will crash constantly and just out of nowhere:

- Windows Media Player 11
- Firefox (all versions)
- F.E.A.R.
- Half-Life 2
- Counter-Strike

Oddly enough, those are the only programs that crash. Internet Explorer, AIM, DivX Player, Steam, and mIRC all seem to work fine. I suspect my video card, but what would cause the Firefox and Windows Media Player crashes?

I know there could be a hundred possible things wrong, but if anyone has any help to offer, I'd appreciate it very much. I'm willing to try anything.

A:Many programs crashing constantly (hardware related?)

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Hi everyone, I have a self-built PC running Windows 7 Home Premium. Specs are: 2.5GB Quad Core Intel CPU, 4GB of RAM and an Asus GeForce 7200.

I downloaded a program (sysfan I think it's called, I'm posting from a different computer), which showed that everything was fine apart from the GPU temperature which, over the evening I ran the program stayed at around 60 degrees C, everything else was between 20 & 30 degrees.

I was thinking of upgrading to this:

My only real concern is whether my PSU will be able to handle it, I have a 390 watt Seasonic PSU.

Thanks for any help.

A:Random BSOD's Not sure if it's Hardware or Software related

Seasonic is a good power supply brand but we're not going to recommend you run any pci-e card on anything less then a 550w.

However 60c isn't enough to cause blue screens. While it's too hot for an idle , it's not enough to be causing the problem.

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Hello there, I'm the new one and here's my story:

Since I switched to the new Skylake plattform, I've had multiple BSOD, which all related to my memory/ntoskrnl.exe. The system also worked poorly with a 1000hz polling rate on my mouse (every mouse movement would result in a massive FPS and GPU usage drop in many games). With 125hz these problems didn't occur.
I've performed a fresh WIndows 10 install and ran Memtest86+ and chkdsk, which didn't show any errors. The mouse problem and the BSOD stayed. The RAM analysis tool from Windows showed some errors, so I first swapped out my RAM (which didn't change a thing) and after that my mainboard. While my new mainboard was on it's way, I switched to my old mainboard, CPU and RAM and everything worked perfectly.

Now I've put in the new Hardware again and set up a dual boot with Win 8.1 and Win 10. Both versions worked fine at first, even without that strage mouse polling rate problem. Because I only have a key for Win. 8, I had to update the Win 8.1 install to Win 10. Trying this, I already got two new ntoskrnl.exe related BSOD, so the core issue still seems to exist.

I simply can't pin down the problem with BlueScreenView and excessive googling and I'm overwhelmed by the windows debugging tool.
The whole situation is driving me crazy and I sincerely think that this forum could be my last hope.

Could someone please have a look at my file down below?

Kind regards,

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A:Ntoskrnl.exe and memory related BSOD with new hardware

Hi TheDestron,

Welcome to the 8forums.

Unfortunately, I cannot really find a possible cause as a possible solution.
I do find lots of files dating from 2014 and earlier where some might need updating.
Please visit Windows Update and install every update available, it may take a couple of times to get them all.
Please remove Google Chrome while troubleshooting, Chrome lately causes for some people crashes.
Please update the device drivers as far as you can, via the site of the manufacturer of the driver. Do not update through device manager as you'll get always the message that the drivers are up to date.

I would like you to try driver verifier and run some hardware tests so we can get a lead to the cause.

Diagnostic Test


Please make a backup of your important files and get your rescue media or create one.
Please create a restore point.
Please follow this tutorial to run driver verifier.
Driver verifier stresses your drivers and will crash your pc if any driver fails due to a violation.
Driver verifier should be performed for a max of 48 hours, or when you have a bluescreen, whatever comes first.
If driver verifier has found a violation and you can't get back into windows normally, try to boot into safe mode and reset in safe mode driver verifier, or in the troubleshooting options open command prompt and type verifier /reset.

Your system will act very sluggishly while driver verifier ... Read more

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This is a new rig i built, on the first two days of use it ran fine with windows 7 64-bit, but then gave me consistent blue screens of death (Mostly PAGE_FILE_IN_NONPAGED_AREA but it differs from time to time) and after much fighting with drivers, reconnecting everything i re-formatted and installed windows 7 again. but a while later it happened again (the same day).

I ran memory tests on the RAM several times and it came out without errors.
so i re-formatted again and this time installed windows xp 32-bit thinking it might be 64-bit driver issues.
but later the blue screens appeared againg and again.
I ran IntelBurnTest to see if it's the CPU, I tried different RAM sticks, tried different GPUs and tried Furmark.
But the problem cannot be re-created. I tried all of them together to see if anything crashes, but 2 hours later still nothing.
My current suspects are the Motherboard and the Hard drive (Checkdisk came out okay though).

I really don't know what to do with this i'm pretty stuck.
I'll upload some Dump files from my Minidump folder, i hope it contains the answer to this mystery.
I'm pretty sure it's not drivers or software because it crashed clean windows (even on safe mode)
and because i used various versions of drivers to no worth.

Thank you for reading this and trying to help

A:Likely Hardware-related constant BSOD errors

Forgot specs:
Motherboard: Asus M2N-e (Non-SLI)
CPU: AMD Athlon II x3 445
RAM: 2*2GB Kingston DDR2 800MHz CL6
GPU: AMD Radeon HD5770
PSU: SeaSonic SS-500ET
Issue is not Heat-related, case is well-ventilated and i keep a close eye on the temperatures of all components.

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The problem started yesterday while I tried to run Counter-Strike Global Offensive by launching it with the ESEA client and got a BSOD.
At first I thought it was a CS:GO related problem as the game is relatively new and there were GPU problems in the past when the game was beta (I have a NVIDIA GTX560M on a Qosmio x775).
Following forums I figured I may have to flash BIOS and update graphics card drivers. However, despite these updates I kept BSOD'ing every time while trying to launch the game.
Taking my research further I realized the computer would crash while starting ANY game. Even opening the NVIDIA client to change 3d settings led to a BSOD. After a lot of frustration and futile updates, I thought perhaps it was an overheating issue and left the laptop off for the night with all USB ports unplugged.

At first, today seemed good since I was able to go through 3d settings in the NVIDIA control panel with no crash. But, while returning to the original game that caused problems (CS:GO), I got a bluescreen again.

I really need to know what is going on as I haven't the faintest clue. I've attached a diagnostic error report of one of the crashes (there have been many) and I am willing to provide any extra information just as long as I get some responses!

Please help me on this and I will shower you with beneficence, goodwill, and many internet points.

Edit: I found out there is one more graphics card driver to be downloaded and to update the system. Please be pa... Read more

A:BSOD starting all games. Definitely hardware/GPU related.

Does anyone have an idea?

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I have been starting to get BSODs more often, even if the computer has not been running for a long period with no shutdown. I have cleaned the system of dust multiple times and do regular maintenance. I don't believe heat to be the issue. I have put all the information required for a post in the attached .ZIP file. There is no new hardware that I've installed that could explain this strange issue except a USB microphone and memory card reader. I also included the text from Windows Debugger that indicates the problem is from image name HARDWARE. The problem is, I can't identify the HARDWARE in question. Usually these BSODs are caused by a bad driver (.SYS), but this does not appear to be the case. I will say this much, the processor is the newest significant piece of hardware, but I can't remember what time I get it this year. It was earlier this year. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

? OS: Windows 7 x64 Professional
? What was original installed OS on system? This is a custom computer.
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? Purchased
? Age of system (hardware) 1? years
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 11/2009 & no
? CPU: Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU QX9770 3.2 GHz (Quad)
? Video Card: BFG GTX 295
? MotherBoard: ASUS MicroATX P5Q-EM
? Power Supply: ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ800 800W ATX12V / EPS12V

A:[SOLVED] BSOD: Possibly hardware related

what does the bios list for the

12v line

cpu voltage

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since two days my machine repeatedly crashed seemingly random - no freeze, no BSOD, - just like if it would have been switched off. i guess it might be a hardware problem.

is there any way to "test" and rule out several devices?
since i don't know what exactly is the problem i don't want to invest in the wrong parts.

here's a little more detailed description.
the machine is almost 3 years old and was running since then under almost constant heavy load.
since two days I had 4 crashes where the machine just went down without a warning... almost like swiching the power off. it did not seem to be software related since theres nothing specific i did which in my opinion could have caused the crash - i also have no idea how to reproduce it. it seems to happen randomly. out of curiosity i ran the machine for 30 minutes under full load (rendering) but nothing unusual happened.
i thought there might be a tool which constantly logs voltage (i case it's the power supply) and other things so that after a reboot it might be possible to see what exactly caused the problem. one other thing that caught my attention was, that one time i manually had to unplug the machine since it wouldn't even go to the biso screen.. i just heard the HD was doing something and the hd indicator was lit. I then unplugged all drives by hand, disconnected the powercalbe for 30 seconds and put everything back in again... then it worked. another time it also did not start up (cr... Read more

A:probably hardware related crashes - how to rule out devices

Lets start with this
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

This will show if the cause is a start up item, which it usually is.

If this does not help try safe mode, if you work in safe mode it is probably a driver

Run a full anti virus scan
Downlad and run a full scan with malwarebits; dont forget to update first.

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Okay--my laptop started freezing. First thing I did was swap out memory--same problem. Next thing I did was reinstall windows--same problem. I ran virus check. I'm thinking this must be hardware related. How can I narrow it down to figure out what it is?

A:Random Freeze on Laptop--Think its hardware related

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I'm pretty sure this is an hardware problem and not a software problem.

When booting the PC the windows xp boot screen loads longer than any computer i have ever seen .

1. It can't be a virus as when i format it still happens

2. I've even tried different Hard Drives so i dont think its that (Recently Bought new 1)

3.I've also used different copies of windows XP (My disk & My brother's Disk)

Any ideas maybe ?
PC Specs
Windows Xp Home SP2
CPU = AMD Athlon 64 X2 DUAL 5000+ ( 2.81GHZ )
RAM = 2x2gb OCZ GOLD ddr2 pc2 6400 (only shows 3.25gb , I do know why !)
Motherboard = ASUS M2N-ESLI NVIDIA

Thanks Joe.

A:Windows takes ages to load (Hardware Related ?)

You may have narrowed it down to memory (though the drive and its configuration may be at fault, too):

MemScope (Floppy and CD images.)
Microsoft Memory Test (floppy or CD ISO image)

If you have enough memory sticks, you can test them by removing one at a time and see if the problem disappears.

If you are running Vista and can boot up, go to Start > Search and type:


Choose to run a memory diagnostic on next boot. Or, you can boot from the DVD and run it from there.

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As title suggest win freezes minutes after start up..

A little about my machine;

I have too big of a power supply so this has created a lot of dust inside the machine. And this problem Makes the machine to hot inside. (changed thermal heat compound 3 times last 3months)

In the past when the thermal heat compound has Started to be faulty the computer has just shout down This problem is different.

Last day the machine froze for the first time...I thought It most likely where a virus. So I decided to replace the hard drive And make a fresh install of Windows 7 after about 4 h of use it froze again. I'm thinking this is hardware related? Please help

A:Windows freezes minutes after login / hardware related?

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My computer just encountered a new BSOD today. It appears to be hardware-related; the screen itself said something about an 'UNCORRECTABLE HARDWARE ERROR'. I had just booted it up for the first time today; the crash happened seconds after I connected my iPod to sync it. Of course after rebooting I was able to connect my iPod fine (indeed, everything seemed OK), so no idea what caused it. I would think that a hardware problem would be more serious. I then tried to debug it the same way I successfully debugged my last BSOD using WinDbg; I've correctly set the symbol path and everything, but bizarrely it still complains that it doesn't have the right symbols. I can open all my old crash dumps just fine with the same symbol path; the one related to this new problem is the only one that for some reason can't use the symbol path. (It's online; SRV*c:\symbols* I'm using a Toshiba Satellite A305-S6858 laptop running 64-bit Vista. Here is what WinDbg does give me, along with the complaining about symbols.*******************************************************************************
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

A fatal hardware error has occurred. Parameter 1 identifies the type of error
source that reported the error. Parameter 2 holds the address of the
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A:Hardware-Related(?) BSOD; symbol problems when debugging

I'd suggest doing a CHKDSK and also checking on your warranty position.

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So, 4 months later on the 9350/9550 (2 years if counting all XPS models) and the coil whine is still present, more or less on each computer.

What I've found out people are experiencing:
 *Mods on the forum states that the older models coil whine is related to the motherboard. However, several recent reports on replaced motherboards states that this has not solved the issue. Nor does replacing speakers/network card - this suggest that if it is motherboard related, it is on all the current ones.
it can be different degrees - some people do not even notice it (guess it depends on your hearing and how thoroughly you've tried to identify it.
Some report loud coil whine from the AC adapter itself - this can be replaced and is apparently reported to fix that issues.
some report that plugged or unplugged AC gives different volumes of whine.
It seems to be directly related to scrolling and heavy work load. (mine only generates a low whine when scrolling) - on load it sometimes "ticks" 2 times a second like a clock but with this coil whine sound.
Changing the power plan to high performance can increase the level of whine.

Potential solutions (temp) to the low type of coil whine only present when scrolling or in a really silent room:
Disable the C state in the BIOS menu (this does not work for me though)
Disable the graphics drivers in the device manager (this completely stops all coil whine for me. Interestingly enough, if you keep it disabled for... Read more

A:Let's investigate the XPS 13/15 Coil whine - Hardware or Software related?

I can confirm the (temporary) solution of disabling the Intel Graphics Drivers. No more coil whine.
System: XPS 15 9550 /

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A lot of small to mid range mobile now providing 4G in India. Why Lumia 640 not supporting 4G.
Due to this limitation I am unable to use JIO sim in India!

A:4G and VOLTE are related to hardware requirements or with patch/update can we get them?

Hi and welcome to windows central. Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Why Lumia 640 not supporting 4G. there were two variants of lumia 640 that were launched in India and globally, those being lumia 640 and lumia 640LTE. Because of your lack of awareness you ended up buying lumia 640 3g.
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My computer occassionally abruptly freezes in the middle of me surfing the web or playing an online game (Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft)--mouse doesn't move, doesn't respond to ctrl-alt-delete, I have to turn the power switch on/off to get out of it.

It usually freezes within 5-10 minutes of opening the browser or game, no matter how long the computer has been running, but if it doesn't freeze within that time period, it won't for the rest of the session. It seems to be related to how much information is coming in over the internet connection, as the chances of it freezing go up dramatically if I log into a laggy room in EQ2 versus checking my email. It's not related to the adapter, as it did the same thing when I used a wall plug-in cord instead of a wireless adapter. Putting the computer into sleep mode instead of fully turning it off seems to keep this problem from happening, but obviously I can't always do that. It also never does this when I'm using programs that don't need the internet.

What could be causing this? My drivers are up-to-date and I've tried turning on/off things like the firewall to no avail. Any idea?

A:Freezing, seems related to bandwidth

hi and welcome to the forum could you post your computers spec ie make model etc,in the mean time try running a sfc /scnw also check in event viewer

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ever time i connect to the internet using wifi after few minutes wifi connection not shown in networks, see image below. after this i use hp support assistent. In hp network check it shown this problem, see image below. Note: when i turn off my lapy for  1 or 2 hours.after i start my lapy wifi works correctly, but only few minutes then same problem....

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Hello all, I am new here but am so far extremely impressed with the members know how and courtesy in helping others.

For quite some time now I have been experiencing blue screen crashes randomly.

I have little programs installed and most regularly use the computer for playing WarThunder and occasionally Battlefield 4. Although sometimes the BSOD occurs just browsing the web, or even at idle! There is no frequency attached to the issue with sometimes hours or sometimes days passing without incident.

It is also worth mentioning that quite often after a crash, my machine will just go into an infinite boot loop without ever reaching POST or BIOS. This continues until I cut the power and restart, in which case it may do the same again an indefinite amount of times, or just spring into life as normal.

I have not tried any overclocking and temperature monitoring software shows perfectly acceptable readings throughout.

The crashes got so bad about 6 months ago that I gave up using the machine, I would now like to get to the bottom of the issue so have started the fault finding process.

I will attach the minidump files as far back as they go (as I said, some months now).

If there is any further resources I could share to help anyone who knows what they are looking for I would be more than happy.

Lastly, I am semi proficient in computing and my machine is home built. I accept switching out hardware may be needed.

EDIT: I have used Command Prompt to run a SFC /scannow but it ha... Read more

A:Random BSOD - suspected hardware related minidump attached

Here is the DM log file

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