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ASUS P5GC-MX - Need help with Random Freezes

Last response: in Motherboards
June 25, 2009 7:46:33 AM

Dear Community,

The System that i have built boot perfect however will experience random freezes in windows. There's no pattern to the freezes, it will sometimes freeze within 5 mins - 20mins and if i'm lucky enough, it can last a few hours without freezing.

The freeze can occure while i'm surfing the internet, typing a word document and frequently by just leaving it idle. Dispite the remedy actions i've done the problem still exist. I'm so frustrated :fou:  please advise.

Remedy Actions:
  • Initially i'm using a budget PSU thought it might be faulty hence I replaced it with a more stable Antec 350W PSU.
  • Because the motherboard only support up to DDR2 533MHZ, thought there might be some competibility issue so I replace the 667MHZ ram to 533MHZ ram
  • Have read some articles saying that if chasis is not grounded properly might cause stability problem hence I Change the chasis of my system to CoolerMaster 330 Elite.

    I have run the following test and results are fine.
  • memtest86 - No Errors reported after 6 hours of testing
  • speedfan - Temperature check at load is nominal
  • Scandisk - No errors reported

    I'm now suspecting that the motherbaord might be the root problem to the random freezes.


    BIOS Properties:
    Vendor American Megatrends Inc.
    Version 0311

    Motherboard Properties:
    Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
    Product P5GC-MX

    Chassis Properties:
    Manufacturer ASUSTek Computer INC.
    Version Rev 1.xx
    Serial Number Ch-12345678
    Asset Tag Asset-1234567890
    Chassis Type Desktop Case
    Chassis Lock Present
    Boot-Up State Safe
    Power Supply State Safe
    Thermal State Safe

    Processor Properties:
    Manufacturer Intel
    Version Genuine Intel(R) CPU 2140 @ 1.60GHz
    External Clock 200 MHz
    Maximum Clock 3800 MHz
    Current Clock 1600 MHz
    Type Central Processor
    Voltage 1.4 V

    Video Adapter Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family (128 MB)
    3D Accelerator Intel GMA 950

    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF
    IDE Controller Intel(R) 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7 Family) Serial ATA Storage Controller - 27C0
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive SAMSUNG HD080HJ (80 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
    Optical Drive TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223B
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    C: (NTFS) 29988 MB (22739 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 46320 MB (45879 MB free)
    Total Size 74.5 GB (67.0 GB free)

    Network Adapter Atheros L2 Fast Ethernet 10/100 Base-T Controller (

    June 25, 2009 7:55:12 AM

    The operating System that is install is:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
    a b V Motherboard
    June 25, 2009 10:31:55 AM

    How much RAM and how many sticks?
    Related resources
    June 25, 2009 11:23:19 AM

    hundredislandsboy said:
    How much RAM and how many sticks?

    1 Stick installed, KINGSTON 533MHZ 1GB

    The number of times the system freezes had since decreased after i replaced the 667MHZ RAM to a 533MHZ. But nevertheless i'm still cracking my head trying to stop it from freezing unexpectingly.
    a b V Motherboard
    June 25, 2009 11:43:25 AM

    Leave everything in BIOS for the RAM settings to default or auto.
    June 25, 2009 12:22:20 PM

    hundredislandsboy said:
    Leave everything in BIOS for the RAM settings to default or auto.

    Thanks for the advise, I previously manually set it to 533MHZ, I have now changed it to auto. I hope this works.

    Will keep this thread posted if i encounter any freezes again.
    June 25, 2009 2:54:58 PM

    OMG! it freezes again. any advise is welcome.....i believed replacing the mobo will solve my problem. Any comments?
    a b V Motherboard
    June 25, 2009 3:00:25 PM

    Are you overclocking the CPU?

    What is the BIOS version on the motherboard? Is it the very latest?
    a b V Motherboard
    June 25, 2009 3:03:35 PM

    Are you checking CPU temps also?
    June 26, 2009 6:35:14 AM

    No, I didn't OC my CPU. It's running at default voltage.

    The BIOS is at factory settings version. Haven't done any updates to the bios. I guess will have to update the BIOS to the latest version once i'm home. will keep this post updated once i finish flashing the bios.

    CPU Temps is between 35-47 degrees.
    June 26, 2009 4:23:50 PM

    hundredislandsboy said:
    Are you overclocking the CPU?

    What is the BIOS version on the motherboard? Is it the very latest?

    I have updated the bios plus some other chipset updates to the latest! So far so good, not experiencing any freezes yet...i hope this continues.

    Will keep this thread posted if i experience the "Freeze" again. Thanks for the great advise HundredIsland!