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PC freezing, crashing, not installing updates or software on HDD.... Motherboard failure?

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January 19, 2014 7:11:56 AM

3 days ago my computer all of a sudden started to freeze while browsing the internet, a few minutes later the HDD would make a noise and the computer would unfreeze. Other times it would freeze and get stuck so i would have to press the reset button on the case. Half the time it would then freeze at the BIOS splash screen or it would come up saying boot manager failure and then ask for a disk to boot from. I have now re-installed Windows 7 64bit and although the system doesn't completely crash or reset it does keep freezing on the internet only to unfreeze moments later. Also because i re-installed the OS i needed to install a lot of updates but NONE of them are downloading/ installing. Added to this i tried to install a game (Diablo 3) only it sticks at 1.5% and doesn't go any further. I've ran CHKDSK and loaded optimal default settings in the BIOS.

Computer Specs:

Intel i5 2500k,
Gigabyte P67A-UD3 (version1.0),
Samsung Spinpoint HDD
Mushkin 4GB Silverline 1333Mhz

My question(s) are 1) Does this sound like a hard drive problem and i need to replace my HDD or does it sound like a motherboard issue?? I have heard of issues surrounding the motherboard i am using although i find it strange that whenever my computer does freeze the HDD stops spinning. The Computer was built for me 3 years ago by a manchester company called Aria

I have run the seagate HDD checker and the hard drive passed both the short and long test. Could this be a motherboard related issue and how do I go about check it
a c 96 V Motherboard
January 19, 2014 7:44:55 AM

Clear cache and then try installing update:
Clearing DNS Cache:
1. Type Command Prompt in Start Search, right-click on Command Prompt under Programs and select Run As Administrator.
2. Now, type ipconfig /flushdns and hit Enter.(it will show a message that Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache)

Clearing Memory Cache:
1. First right-click anywhere on the desktop and select New > Shortcut.
2. Now enter the following line when asked for location of the shortcut and hit Next:
%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks
3. Give it any name and hit Finish.
4. Now open this newly created shortcut and you will notice a slightly better performance.

Clearing Thumbnails Cache:
1. Right-click your primary disk partition (where Windows is installed) and open Properties dialog.
2. Now, click Disk Cleanup to open Disk Cleanup dialog.
3. Select the items you want to remove, along with Thumbnails to remove the thumbnail cache.
4. Click OK followed by Delete files to delete selected items and remove thumbnail cache.

Additionally, clear all browsers' cache too that are installed in your pc. For more information on clearing browsers' cache refer this link:
http://www.cyberisle.com/news/cache_clear.htm
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January 19, 2014 7:56:27 AM

Followed everything you put but the shortcut link does not open. Updates still fail during installation and indeed I am unable to install any software
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a c 96 V Motherboard
January 19, 2014 8:04:59 AM

eddieb101 said:
Followed everything you put but the shortcut link does not open. Updates still fail during installation and indeed I am unable to install any software


Get here and update your bios with latest version dated as 2011/01/28:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
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a c 96 V Motherboard
January 19, 2014 8:11:29 AM

Also get your mobo drivers all update.
About hdd, even i have seagate on my old pc and it just keeps making buzzing sound from the moment i turn on that pc. Its been more than 2 years for that sound, still its running :D 
But you never know when it will fail. I would ask you to back up any important data if you have just in case the hdd fails.
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January 19, 2014 8:15:41 AM

well my current bios was F3 so i will download F6 (the latest), should i reflash the bios?
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a c 96 V Motherboard
January 19, 2014 8:38:51 AM

eddieb101 said:
well my current bios was F3 so i will download F6 (the latest), should i reflash the bios?


get your motherboard manual and look on it how to update your mobo bios and you then try updating it.
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