desktop freezes up right after start up
Posted 27 October 2011 - 07:37 AM
Posted 27 October 2011 - 09:16 AM
Could also be a failing power supply or failing RAM. But then it could also be a failing motherboard or failing graphics cards. So, as you can guess, troubleshooting freezing problems is often difficult.
I would start by making sure the interior is clean and all fans spin properly. While in there, inspect for leaky capacitors. They look like tall soda cans, with many surrounding the CPU socket. If leaking, you should see dried white to dark brown foam that has oozed out the tops or bottoms. Bulging caps are getting close to start leaking. After that, I always want to know if I have good power, so I would swap in a known good supply, or have that one tested.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 03:09 PM
Posted 27 October 2011 - 03:40 PM
You can test RAM using one of the following programs. Both require you to create and boot to a bootable floppy disk or CD to run the diagnostics. Allow the diagnostics to run for several passes or even overnight. You should have no reported errors.
Windows Memory Diagnostic - see the easy to follow instructions under Quick Start Information,
MemTest86+ (for more advanced users) - an excellent how-to guide is available here,
Windows 7 users can use the built in Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 03:54 PM
Posted 27 October 2011 - 04:18 PM
I start to get nervous when CPU temps hit 60° and get a little panicky as they approach 70°.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 04:32 PM
I've checked the things you listed on the mobo and all the fans are running, no leaking of anything, but I do have one fan making some noise. I think it's the power supply fan rattling.
It's up and running right now but for how long, couldn't say. Running a virus scan now. We'll see how it does but I'm thinking this machine may be done. I was just hoping to get a few more months use out of it. I hope to try my first built after the new year but money will be the major factor on that.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 06:38 PM
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