Yesterday i received a new computer that i ordered through a company that buys hardware and custom builds the computers (so no brands here)
The computer features a:
Core i7 860 processor
XFX xxx HD5870 (OC'ed from XFX)
8gb kingston ValueRam 1333Mhz
1tb WD harddisk
I installed windows 7 ultimate yesterday and everything ran fine for some time. Due to an error on my behalf (partitioned the computer and made windows reside on the wrong partition) i had to use a free partitioning tool. During the partition in BIOS my computer became unresponsive and froze. THIS was the first time the error ocured.
Then i partitioned the computer through the windows DVD and installed it all over again. I couldn't even update windows this time, it froze everytime i tried that, and it gave me a BSOD (MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION) (STOP: 0x0000009c (0x0000000000000000, 0xFFFFF) )
This BSOD only happened once and my computer froze several times (i have to restart the computer after each freeze)
Well i finally installed the GPU driver and suddenly i could install the windows updates and my anti virus.
but it STILL freezes at semi random points. Whenever i try to play DIRT2 it freezes at the same point right after character creation and it often freezes when i have just started windows and i open IE before it has fully loaded everything.
WHAT I HAVE TESTED:
I have run a memtest86+ pass (it completed the pass but it didn't recognise it on the pass counter)
i have run prime95 for 5 minutes or so (to check if it was the CPU fan that failed)
due to the computer being a custom build (but still under warrenty) computer, i can't open the case until monday morning where i can speak with the manager and get a free pass to break the seal on the backside of the cabinet.
Does ANYONE have any solution to this? do you think it is because of windows 7 ultimate or due to a hardware error?
PS: My CPU only shows 3 cores and 6 threads, do you guys think that it has a defective core?
Ahh i am pretty sure it is due to the harddisk. It has started to happen when im playing TF2, once it happened when i was downloading some content, and the second time it just froze. The gfx around a rocket is stil playing its animation, so i think its the harddisk
i had the same prob, you wont detect any errors, the hdd just stops for a while and then continues, if you can get a really good hdd fan it might help, my 320gb has stopped doing it as much, i bought a 500gb and use the 320 as an external drive in a enclosure with a fan an its only frozen twice since