I built a new system about 4 months ago. Everything has worked awesome on it untill today. I was playing FSX when the computer froze. I tried closing it with the task manager, but the "ending program" window went to not responding. I left it a few minutes, nothing would respond so I shut the computer off and restarted it.
On restart windows would freeze on the starting windows screen (before the logo comes on). I tried restarting it a bunch of times, it would freeze at the same spot, or on the black screen right after the boot screens.
I decided to do a clean install win7 (formatted, deleted the partition, new partition, and formatted again). The install went extremely slowly, it took almost 3 hours. It spent well over an hour "expanding windows files." It finished that, installed the features and upgrades. It configured for awhile, restarted did the registry configuration, then went to the progress screen again. It restarted a while I wasn't looking and froze on the windows screen on start.
I rebooted, and it came up on the windows error recovery screen, so i tried starting in safe mode, and the computer froze again after
Another reboot to error recovery, tried to start normally and it froze on "Starting Windows"
So after about 5 hours messing around getting no where I thought it was time to do what I should have in the first place. Ask the pro's here.
6 gb Crucial Ballistic DDR-3 1600 ram
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Sapphire Radeon 5870 2gb eyefinity 6
Ok so while writing this after about 35mins it seemed to come to life (off the starting windows screen) and started for the first time, had me enter the product key etc.
Sorry for the rambling post, but I'm hoping somebody can help me find and fix my problem.
I think you might be right, i downloaded the diagnostic software, and ran the quick test that is supposed to take 2 mins. it finished the first 85% in about 1.5 min and has been running stuck there for 45 mins.
Im willing to bet my left testicle you have a bad sector on your HDD, have you an old working HDD lying around you can try, or alternatively buy a new drive, if that works perfectly then RMA the old one for a refund.
I forgot I had to install the sata driver for the MB on the new install. It's installed now but it's still super slow. The quick test ran through and passed. I'm running the extended test looking for bad sectors now.
First guess, like they all said, is a bad HDD.
Second, especially if you're using the stock Intel HSF, make sure none of the pins have popped loose, causing your CPU to overheat and throttle.
Third, what brand and model (not just wattage) is your PSU?