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Pc locks up (complete freeze)


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Better_Than_Justin

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Well i have an old pc from 2003, but its still fairly good. it has a 2.7ghz processor and i have 1 gb of ram. for a not used much not gaming computer its alright. BUT, it started to lock up. Once it freezes, nothing can unfreeze it but the power button or the reset button. i dont think its a sofware issue as it even freezes when loading boot discs sometimes, but mainly freezes when starting new processes. I have tried different ram sticks, they all read properly but it still froze, ive tried swapping hard drives also and the problem still persists when trying load a boot via cd.. if you have any ideas on what to try or what the problem could be throw em at me! thanks a lot!

Edited by Better_Than_Justin, 10 February 2011 - 10:36 PM.

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Things to check:

1- Download the ISO image of MEMTEST86 and burn it on a cd then boot from it to verify your ram sticks (only one at a time) if all pass change the ram slots to verify if it is not the slot that is the problem and not the sticks themselves.

2- Download the utility program from the manufacturer of your HD burn it on a cd and boot from it to check if it is your HD that is starting to fail.

Other things to check: Check that your IDE or SATA cable are properly connected to the motherboard and to the HD and not loose and change them if nothing else works.
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thank you so much! Ill try that and let you know what happens.
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well the first thing i did was check all my cables. all of them were securely attached. While inside the case i also used a compressed air computer cleaner to remove dust from all inside the case. I then downloaded memtest86 and burned the iso file, booted the cd, and the computer froze as normal anywhere from 4-30 seconds into the test. i tried swapping the ram stick into the other port to make sure it wasnt a bad ram port, and the promlem still occured. did i mention it has the same problem when i use another HD that i know works properly? Any other advice would really be loved, and thanks again to alzehimer for sharing his thoughts!!!
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Will it boot and operate properly in safe mode?
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