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Computer is crashing since reformat, trying to figure out what it is that is causing it..

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September 26, 2013 11:58:09 PM

Hello all! First time here so go easy on me! I am trying to figure out what is causing my crash as of right now. I have had this problem before but have yet to figure it out. The crashing is the reason for the reformat because I believe I had malware or a virus but that obviously is not the case since it has been crashing with almost no programs on it and very little internet use. Basically the crash happens regardless of what I am doing and happens within 2 minutes up to an hour but it always does happen.

Some things to note- mouse has been acting strange freezing randomly and being very hard to move around the screen

-computer randomly freezes for 2-20 secs and then if I leave it alone it will go back to normal

-and my computer's window manager has also been crashing...

-boot time is exceptionally long going from the profile selection screen into my main desktop and just received a mini dump file if that would help...

-almost every crash gets no screen afterwards but gets a restart which ends at a black screen with this _ symbol blinking as if waiting for me to type into it
I will update more later after I crash again
September 27, 2013 12:11:34 AM

stalls could be a drive going bad or sata chipset. try hdtune read your drives smart info and run vendor test tools. run from a boot disk memtest.
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September 27, 2013 12:18:32 AM

I have ran memtest and memory is fine but I will try hdtune and vendor test, should i post the results?

Also what exactly am I looking for in these programs? Edit: clarification.
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September 27, 2013 12:12:37 PM

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September 27, 2013 3:17:31 PM

in hdtune click on smart tab.if there any warning or failures there highlighted in yellow or red. the vendor hard drive test will say pass or fail.
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September 27, 2013 3:19:19 PM

There doesnt seem to be a smart tab but under the "Health" tab there is a warning for reallocated sector count. Says there is 1235 retired sectors and that the drive has damaged sectors.
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September 27, 2013 3:48:22 PM

main post has also been updated
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September 27, 2013 6:10:49 PM

Anybody else have an answer?
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