Asus P5N32-E mobo
2GB RAM Corsair XMS2
X-FI Platinum Fatal1ty w/ Front Panel
NZXT Hush case
I moved over my hard drives and graphics card from my old machine as well as my DVD and DVD-RW drives. My GFX card is an ATi 2600HD 512mb and the hard drives are both 160gb SATA.
Recently my computer has been freezing up and/or restarting randomly and often won't get passed the windows loading screen. When it does it runs chkdsk which proceeds to correct indexes or delete corrupted entries, usually after it runs it'll restart again and will load windows fine. This has been happening very inconsistently too, sometimes it will happen 4 or 5 times in a row and other times I can be at my computer for hours without anything happening.
Is this, as I suspect, signs of immenent hard drive failure or is it something less/more serious?
I'd like to be sure before I go out and buy a new hard drive.
Thanks in advance for any help.
I did when it first started happening as I couldn't get into windows at all. So I'm looking at failure then? I was hoping I could save myself the money
I had this happen to me once. Turned out I had bad sectors on one of my HDs and a corrupt RAM module. What I did was download the Windows Memory Diagnostic utility to check the RAM and I got a utility to check my HD from the manufacturer's web site.
You may want to do the same and check both your RAM and HDs.
I've just started to download Ultimate Boot CD now. I'm fairly certain that the RAM is fine but like you said, it is worth making sure. What bugs me most is the inconsistency of the freezes and crashes. Having them happen all in a row and then not at all for hours or one isolated crash, etc. Is this normal with a failing HD or bad RAM?
Are they crashes(Freeze) or restarts? if they are restarts they may be BSOD's. Windows restarts when it can not recover from an error.
Instructions for XP
Right click My Computer
Click Settings under Startup and Recovery
Make sure there is no check box next to Automatically restart.
This way if you get a BSOD it will stay up and you can copy the error code down.
My friend had ram that was not compatible with his board and it cause random crashes and freezes ect. The ram was fine even with memtest but changing the ram for another brand fixed it. Asus boards have good compatibility so the should not be likely.
Another thing to check is the Event viewer for errors
Right click My Computer
Click Manage and look for the even viewer in there. take note of any errors.
Did you update any drivers recently?
Either way post any results you find and when testing the drive, DO NOT write zeros to it....its in the diagnostics of most drives but that wipes the drive out. just run the short and long tests....
Well I checked my RAM and my HDD and they are both healthy. Since I last posted I haven't had any reboots either and everything seems to be okay. I checked my error log too and the only error that corresponds to a crash is this
I'm not sure what this points too and my searches on the web have come up fruitless other than it has something to do with either the registry or a device conflict. Either way, things are going good for now but if anyone has any info that could help me on that error I would appreciate it.