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Northy

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So I bought a custom built computer back in December, cut a long story short not long after purchase the operating system locks up so to speak, every like 15-30 minutes this will happen where I cannot click on icons pinned to my task bar and clicking on internet tabs causes them to close. Now it is not a huge problem, however it is really irritating. I've sent the unit back to the place I bought it from twice because I've had to have 2 motherboards replaced and I have mentioned this problem to them, I rang them AGAIN the other day and there only advice was to remove the partition and reinstall Windows.
Now I would try this however I already have done 10 times, seriously, this was back when my motherboard was ruined and that's again the only advice I received, even they did what they told me too when I returned it. Currently the unit is fine other than the OS Lock Up, the only way I know how to temporarily fix the problem is to click CTRL + ALT + DEL and click the screen.
Any ways on fixing this is much appreciated.
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Hello Northy.... Welcome to
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Before we can help you need to provide the following so I can start you in the right direction.
Laptop or Desktop?
  • If a name brand system then what brand, make and model is the system?
  • If custom built then what brand, make and model is the motherboard
  • Total memory installed
  • Total hard drive capacity and free space
  • What steps have you taken so far to resolve the issue


First thing I would suggest is testing the hard drive.

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, try the Hitachi DFT CD Image version of the software

Thanks to Broni for the instructions







Then test the memory:


If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...


1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip). If you prefer to use the USB version then use this link USB KEY
2. Unzip downloaded /memtest86+-4.20.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find /memtest86+-4.20.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-4.20.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run. You may have to change the boot sequence in your BIOS to make it work right.

To change Boot Sequence in your BIOS

Reboot the system and at the first post screen (where it is counting up memory) start tapping the DEL button
This will enter you into the Bios\Cmos area.
Find the Advanced area and click Enter
Look for Boot Sequence or Boot Options and highlight that click Enter
Now highlight the first drive and follow the directions on the bottom of the screen on how to modify it and change it to CDrom.
Change the second drive to the C or Main Drive
Once that is done then click F10 to Save and Exit
You will prompted to enter Y to verify Save and Exit. Click Y and the system will now reboot with the new settings.


The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.
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The HDD has been tested when sent back to the place or purchase and memory test had also been run, with no problems sufficing.

Custom Built - Spec:

Processor: AMD 4100 Black Edition Quad Core - 3.60ghz, turbo boosted to 4.20ghz (Purchased with turbo boost set)
Motherboard: Gigabyte M68MT-S2P
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1333mhz (1x 4GB)
HDD: 500GB S-ATAII 3.0Gb/s - Remaining Space 321GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB

Edited by Northy, 15 April 2012 - 09:27 AM.

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Did you run the tests yourself or did the shop tell you they ran them?




Tutorial for running chkdsk in Vista\Win 7 located HERE.
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I ran the memory test myself and the shop also ran them which was evident on the repair sheet that was returned. They're a pretty bad company though, the couldn't comprehend they gave me two broken motherboards.
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What about the hard drive diagnostics test? You or the shop?
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Shop.
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They're a pretty bad company though, the couldn't comprehend they gave me two broken motherboards.


This bothers me with this statement if they really did the tests or just charged you for it. Run the instructions in post 4 and let me know the results.
BTW have you tried booting into Safe Mode to see if the issue still happens there?
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It doesn't occur in safe mode and I wasn't charged for the repairs or tests because the unit was faulty through no fault of my own.
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OK run the test I suggested and we will see from there.
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Sorry for the long reply, I do believe the issue is fixed.
I bought a new mouse and now everything is fine. Odd thing I know.
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Congratulations. :rockon: for a successful resolution for your issue.

I'm glad we could help and please let us know how everything works out for you.
If there is anything else we can do to help please feel free to ask. I appreciate that you allowed us to assist you with your issue and for your patience.
Thank you for choosing GeeksToGo for help. :thumbsup: :ph34r:
This issue now appears to be resolved.


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