Recently I've been having some odd lock-ups on Windows Vista 32-bit.
It started when I was running Resident Evil 1 on PSX emulator (Don't flip people, I own the game, my PS1 just died).
Since then, I've done 3 or 4 complete reformats, but the problem persists.
The problem I can't seem to link to a specific issue, it happens under any type of use, light or heavy. I can stress test fine, yet using Firefox, it can crash (No specific websites), or my TV tuner, where when it locks-up, the sound starts stuttering rapidly.
The lock-up is that the screen freezes, I can't use Keyboard, Mouse, anything, except the Reset/Power button. Harddrive activity ceases.
I've used Seatools DOS Boot Disc to check both my Seagate 500 and 1000 GB HDDs, Short and Long tests passed.
I tried memtest86+ for 6 hours with no errors, and Window's version of a memory check for 6 hours with no errors.
Temps are fine, it isn't overheating, generally CPU is 42-45, and NB is 35-40
There is no rhyme or reason to these lock ups, as I've said, it just stops, if there's sound, it stutters, no mouse/keyboard, and no HDD activity.
It can happen from every few hours to once every few days.
Can anybody please offer some ideas? I'm at wits end here.
Any input/advice appreciated
Here's the specs:
ASUS P5N-D Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 (Stock)
2 GB Kingston DDR2 667 (Stock)
Ultra LSP 750 Watt Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB (OS)
Seagate BArracuda 1000 GB (Data)
2 XFX 8800 GT Alpha Dog Edition Video Cards (Stock)
I just recieved one moments ago with Task Manager open, and nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary, 950 MB of RAM was being used, CPU was 10%, Page File was 1114/4332M, at the moment of crash.
Can anybody help me find a solution, or even just single-out the problem?
That's the issue, the windows logs say nothing, except for when I had to do a hardboot, it saw it as an error. Its like the system doesn't know it has a problem at all, but recognizes when I manually reboot.
The problem came on suddenly, with no hardware changes, just happened once, and ever since.
There are no bluescreens, everything just suddenly stops.
Even Performance/Reliability Monitor says nothing.
I managed to completely replicate the issue by another means.
While flashing a friend's Xbox 360 (Backups only, he assured me, hope he doesn't go back on that ), I tried to use a program called JungeFlasher, which tells me to turn on power to the BenQ drive while Windows is running.
I did this, and, exactly the same issue, though I know they're unrelated.
A development, I just got another Lock-Up, when using my TV Tuner with VirtualDub. The system got incredibly slow, but mouse was still moving, nothing was really responding. Only after a minute or two of this did the complete lock-up occur.
nforce based mobos have a really nasty tendency to experiance hard locks under certain conditions [P5N-D = 750i]. Don't know exactly what the trigger is, but I know a few steps that ALMOST eliminates the problem. [I fought with my 790i Ultra for over a year ]
1: Set FSB-RAM ratio to 1:1.
2: Increase voltage to Northbridge/RAM
I went from a lockup per day to 1 lockup in the past 8 months or so. One of these days, I'll get around to figuring out exactly what set off the problem in the first place...(As I'd love to actually use the QX9650 I paid over $1000 for...)
Tried 2 different BIOS revs., 1001 and 1101, no difference.
Running stock too, which is odd. I never had these issues before, but that board was RMA'd, this new one is when it started, but ran fine for 2 or 3 weeks prior, though, when I think about it, I don't think I had left it on as long before (Again, only happening after long use).