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Clean install-XP Pro,still freezing


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twistedvincent

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I am about at my wits end as I have been at this for about 4 days now.I thought that I might have inadvertantly messed up my registry with a reg.cleaner(which I have since decided do more harm than good).So I backed up my files and decided to go ahead and start from scratch.I have a maxtor HD so I downloaded their Powermax utility and did a zero fill(full format) and re-installed XP Pro(while disconnected from the internet).I then started my AV and firewall and downloaded sp1 updates.I then installed sp2 from my microsoft install disc and all critical updates.I then installed my motherboard driver updates,direct x and finally my video driver updates.
I didn't install ANYTHING else so as I could rule out some piece of software causing my problems.I'l I'm running is IE and my NOD32 av and Look-n-Stop firewall.Both of which I have used forever with no problems.My first indication that I still had a problem was the computer had frozen overnight while the windows(not 3rd party) screensaver was running.The second time it froze was when I opted to install macromedia flash.And then, during a defrag (I opened another window during the defrag) it froze up as well.It seems any increased activity on screen translates to a freeze.I tested this by zipping my cursor around the screen while I tried to play a video.Sure enough....frozen.It also froze @ the Windows boot screen.I ran Memtest to check my RAM and it didn't report anything wrong.I'd put in more RAM,but it seems that 376 is maximum for this computer(HP Pavilion 521n)
I forgot to mention that,yes...I've run tons of malware,virus,spyware scans and HJT and found nothing.

Like I said,I've been at this for a long time now.With bits of sleep here and there.Any ideas as to what could be causing this crap??

I've attached an event log...It didn't tell me much,but I really don't understand it to tell you the truth.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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Hello twistedvincent.

I have a feeling it is a power supply problem, a fan went out, or a hard drive problem.

Please download Speed Fan and install it.
Start Speed Fan. When it is fully loaded, take a screen shot of the first screen by pressing Print Screen/SysRq on your keyboard. Open Paint and paste. Save the screenshot as a JPEG and post it in a reply to me. Now click on the tab called S.M.A.R.T. and take a screenshot of that as well. Post it in your reply to me as well.
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Hello twistedvincent.

I have a feeling it is a power supply problem, a fan went out, or a hard drive problem.

Please download Speed Fan and install it.
Start Speed Fan. When it is fully loaded, take a screen shot of the first screen by pressing Print Screen/SysRq on your keyboard. Open Paint and paste. Save the screenshot as a JPEG and post it in a reply to me. Now click on the tab called S.M.A.R.T. and take a screenshot of that as well. Post it in your reply to me as well.


I'm not familiar with speedfan,and I'm rather hesistant to put any new driver on my system at this point.I have attached a screen capture from Everest...which has the same information.let me know if this will suffice.I thought maybe it was a tempurature problem,but I took off the side and ran a full size fan on the machine.It dropped the temp. by 10 degrees and as soon as I went to use it it locked up.What could fixing a power supply entail?A new power strip??Just wondering...
Thank You

Ps I'm not sure how to include a jpeg from my files into a post.

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Everest was sufficient. Your power supply's votages are not where they should be, and they are beyond the safety threshold.

The +5 volatge is way below the .5 threshold, which can cause system hangs and restarting.

The +12 voltage is WAY below the .5 threshold. The +12 voltage powers the majority of the components. I'm not sure what the symptoms are if the +12 is off.

Even the CPU voltage is off, which will increase freezing.

The temperature didn't look too bad, so I wouldn't worry about that.


Fixing a power supply is dangerous and I highly don't recommend it. Replacing it would be a much better idea :tazz:. This would involve buying a new power supply, opening your computer and detaching the power supply from all the devices, and then putting the new one in and reattaching everything.

If you do this yourself, don't forget about static electricity. You will need an anti-static wrist strap. Power supply units tend to sell for around $20-$50, depending on the size, watts, and features.
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