Acer Aspire x1700 low profile desktop
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66
500g harddrive, 251g free
onboard Realtek HD audio soundcard
Nvidia Gforce G210 GPU
All other parts are factory shipped stock for that tower.
Hello all. My wife's computer (Acer Aspire X1700) recently began locking up (complete screen freeze,no mouse movement, no keyboard response, ((not even num lock/caps lock/etc toggling on or off)) no error message.) Ctrl-Alt-Del will not respond. Takes a hard Power-off (Power helt 5+ seconds) to get it to turn off.
Up until the freeze, the computer runs fine, no slowdown, or stuttering. Sound and graphics have no problems, and everything runs as normal.
I reformatted her computer (complete reformat, deleted all partitions, and made 1 new one) via the Acer's installed Factory Recovery partition, and still, it will lock up.
The lockup itself is random it seems. Sometimes while in a game, sometimes when browsing forums, and it will even freeze while in Safe Mode with networking. (Never got around to try to see if it will lock up in basic Safe Mode) Also the time from boot to freeze is random. It may take an hour or two, it may freeze within minutes of the OS coming up.
So, after the reformat, I'm thinking it's either the RAM, the harddrive, or something on the motherboard. I've ran Memtest 86 for 12 good passes, and all give 0 errors. The computer never locked up once while running Memtest.
Would replacing the harddrive with a known working one (or new one) fix this problem? I've never ran into a freeze that persisted through a complete reformat. WOULD a problem like this come from a bad harddrive?
If not, what else could cause this after all the fixes i've already tried?
Ok called the wife, and the CPU sits at 28, even up to when it freezes. (took 15 minutes from the OS posting, till freeze) and the GPU was at 38-45 (39 at the time of freeze) I don't know WHERE I got those numbers, I'm sorry.
Well I thought CHKDSK fixed it, but it still froze up after a few hours. However I found the culprit I think. After a complete dissassemble to check the wires, I noticed 2 capacitors were bulged on the top, and a third was dried, but had leaked from the top. They were all from the line that sits next to the RAM slots. Bought a new motherboard (And after noticing the case I had did not have changable holes for the plugs in the back! Hello Dremel steel saw...) the problem has not returned for 24+ hours.