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Computer freezing for a few seconds And a RAM problem?

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February 2, 2014 11:03:24 AM

Hello, Sorry if this is the wrong section but i don't really know where to put my question, and sorry if this is considered as two questions but the two are somehow related also sorry for making this too long i'm trying to be as detailed as i can.

So, my PC freezes for 5~30 secs doing some kind of a clicking sound same as the one it normally does when restarting/switching it on. It freezes anytime and anywhere: on the motherboard screen, while starting windows, in the welcome screen, occasionally when installing, at random times (mostly when starting apps like browser/games/windows media player). i'm mostly patient since i'm used to dealing with slow computers but i'm getting worried this may be something serious? it happened today while playing saints row (the clicking sound that the computer freezes after) and the game went on but there was no sound, after a few seconds (the usual time it takes to unfreeze) the sound went back on. (it already did the clicking sound for about 7 times while typing this whole question, but so far only 3 freezes.) also note that this didn't happen when i first got the computer (my brother previously owned it) and just started happening this past month (or two?)

About the problem that i suspect is a RAM problem: i opened the computer a few days ago and it didn't do the beeping sound that the motherboard screen usually comes after. and the fans kept going on for a few seconds then the computer shut down on its own, then restarted on its own and did the same thing and no matter what i do i can't shut it down unless i unplug it. so i unplug it, plug it back and try to open it up again and the same thing goes on. the thing happened before (but not for this long) and my brother told me to take off one of the RAMs that caused some problems and it should work, but this time i had this RAM removed already but i tried my luck and removed one of the other RAMs and it worked (took too much time starting up windows cause it kept freezing the way i mentioned above) and when it finally started windows it froze for a few seconds and then boom, a blue screen. restarted, and kept trying to swap RAMs and trying other techniques for 5 hours straight. before i gave up i decided to do one more try and that is to put the RAM that i had removed months ago when my brother told me it's the cause of the problem, and replaced it with one of the RAMs (i picked randomly) and it worked properly as it is now. the problem here is that i don't really understand the cause of it and that i'm afraid it happens again (it already happened for about 3 times these past 4~5 months but usually works again when i unplug then plug it back)

My specs (as taken from Systemrequirementslab.com):

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHz
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 210 1GB
RAM: 4.1 GB (i don't know how to find its name, but it's 2 RAMs both 2GB)
OS: win7 64-bit
HDD: Seagate 1 TB

Thanks in Advance.

P.S: i can't afford an antivirus where i live and i had a free trial of kaspersky that just ended last week, and the freezing problem used to occur when the trial was still working and i had scanned the computer and found no threats.




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February 2, 2014 5:07:40 PM

you have one or several bad ram sticks. you need to run a memory testing program like memtest86. if it reports issue then you have bad memory and it needs to be removed. bad memory will cause more harm then good if left in. basically put one stick of ram in and test it at a time that way you know which ram stick is bad for sure
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February 3, 2014 11:19:19 PM

maxwellmelon said:
you have one or several bad ram sticks. you need to run a memory testing program like memtest86. if it reports issue then you have bad memory and it needs to be removed. bad memory will cause more harm then good if left in. basically put one stick of ram in and test it at a time that way you know which ram stick is bad for sure


Thanks for the answer, my brother checked my computer yesterday and said it's a hard drive problem and searched for its warranty and removed the old RAM that i have put again as i mentioned before. so now i have only 2 GB of ram working and about 1 GB is used for only opening up the browser with this one tab to reply to you. i had doubts it was the RAM but just now i focused and made sure the clicking sound comes from the hard drive. and whenever the clicking sound happens the little lamp (don't know its name) next to the restart button lights. and never lights again until it unfreezes. so now i'm really starting to think this may really be a hard drive problem. as i tried to put all the RAMs again and swap places and whenever the computer works and the motherboard screen shows the hard drive keeps doing this clicking sound constantly without stopping and it never passes the motherboard screen. right now it didn't work until i have removed all RAMs and left the one my brother left before. right now while typing this the hard drive keeps making this sound constantly like it did on the motherboard screen with all RAMs.. it never did this before. this is worrying me. please help me as soon as possible.

Oh, P.S: i checked this one RAM i'm currently using with the program you told me about and it had no errors. still hadn't checked the others but if the problem goes on with a RAM that is supposedly good then doesn't that confirm it's not a RAM problem..? should i get my hard drive to the warranty?
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