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New System and Random Freezes

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I received my new system from Velocity Micro about three weeks ago. Shortly after I started having Random screen freezes. The most common is where I've left the system alone for a while, come back and have lost control of the wireless mouse and keyboard (I've also tried a USB wired Mouse and Keyboard with the same result.

A few days ago, I experienced freezes at various times during the boot ... a couple of times when Windows was starting to load and then once yesterday I recieved the message of a 'Bad Bus Checksum -Starting Bios Recovery ... Checking for Floppy" after which it froze and I had to do another restart. This is the only time this occurred. I've tried a cold and warm boot with the same results.

I've deleted a possibly 'buggy' screensaver I had paid for and downloaded. Other than that, the only other programs I have installed since recieving the system are my virus program (BitDefender 10), Zone Alarm Pro ,ACDSEE 9 photo viewer and one game (URU, The Complete Chronicles) . Both Zone Alarm Pro and ACDSEE ... as well as URU have run just fine on my old system so I don't think the problem there.

One time, after deleting the Screensaver, I thought I'd play it safe and do a System Restore prior to the original install. When System Restore started it froze and at the same time a loud, continuous, highpitched squeal came through the speakers. I had to reboot again.

I did have trouble installing my HP Photosmart 8250 printer without a lengthy AutoDetection of a USB Storage Device during boot, so I've just disconnected it until I can try installing it manually.

I've been on the phone with Velocity several times, have performed a test on the Hitachi HD and another for the memory and all is fine there. What Velocity told me last night was that it 'sounds' like a MB problem and that they'll send someone out (an independant contractor) to reinstall a new one. I'm a little PO'd that I've spent this much $ and am faced with a MB replacement. They factory test before they send out (supposedly).

I know there are a lot of variables here, but can someone tell me if this random instability and freezing sounds like a Motherboard problem to you? Seems like a big step to change it out if it's not. Again, I can run the system just fine for a while and at other times there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the freezes.

Thanks :-)

Intel Core2 CPU 6700, 2.66 [email protected] 2669MHz
HD: Hitachi 500GB
MB: ASUS; P5N32-SLI-SE-Deluxe
MEM: 2048 MB /DDR2<br />GFX: Radeon X1900XTX Crossfire
Monitor: Dell 2407WFP
WinXP Family Ed, SP2
Add'l drives:
Sound: SB X-Fi Audio

Edited by Mynzaboxer, 27 September 2006 - 10:37 AM.

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yes, sounds like a bad m/b due to system bus somewhere..hey at least you will get a new m/b lucky it did it now versus after warranty-after new m/b installed keep an eye on it. If it still happens you may consider checking out the ram? possibly
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