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Random Freezing (Still need help, another link too)

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January 5, 2010 4:49:23 AM

Update: The BIOS update did not work
Here is a link to a new thread with more information
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/277962-31-freezing-ru...





I have been having random freezing problems with my PC.
I went through 3 different CPU/Mobo/Ram combination, and tried a new hard drive too, still having freezing problems.



CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
Mobo: Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
RAM: Mushkin HP3-10666 DDR3 SDRAM
HDD: 36Gig 10,000RPM WD for Windows
500 Gb WD 7,200RPM Black Edition
500 Gb Seagate 7,200RPM
1 Tb WD Mybook
GFX: Asus EVGA GTX 260
PSU: Anatec Earthwatts 500 watt


The store I am going to purchase from is http://www.memoryexpress.com
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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a b ) Power supply
January 5, 2010 6:55:17 AM

^ The Antec 500W has enough power for that setup...and did you try a different graphics card ?
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January 5, 2010 8:22:38 AM

It freezes with my Geforce 9800 GT Super Clocked too.
I have that removed and running with on board ATi 4200 now.

I was planning on buying a 750 watt power supply.
I just bought a new harddrive thinking that was the problem :cry: 

Everything is new except now except the power supply, Its been around for a long assss time. I took it out of my brothers system when I upgraded his AMD 2600+ (IIRC) system that we put a big power supply in years ago.

The CPU/Mobo/ram has been replaced twice, so I am fairly sure it is not them.
I thought it was my old internal/external drive but I am still having freezing without either of those drives connected.

The only other Power supply I have access to without buying a new one is a Dynex 450 Watt Power supply.

Aside from that this is the power supply I was thinking of getting: Antec EarthWatts EA 750W Power Supply w/ Quad +12V
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24742%28ME%...
and possibly find another EVGA GTX 260 216 and run in SLI if all my current setup/power supply above would be okay

Thanks!!
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a b ) Power supply
January 5, 2010 11:31:19 AM

Before you put the Nvidia cards in , did you remove the ATI video drivers, then install the Nvidia video drivers?
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January 5, 2010 3:34:20 PM

No, all I did was disable the on board video, install the Nvidia GFX card and then start Windows installation, so AFAIK there was no ATI drivers installed until I removed the 9800 GT last night to see if the system would run without freezing on the on board video.

< edit> It froze with the onboard video last night after being on for about 45 minutes.
So I figured it was the one item not yet replaced, the power supply.
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January 5, 2010 9:02:23 PM

Just installed a new Corsair 650w HX.
Windows 7 froze during setup screen before touching anything. :o  :fou:  :fou:  :fou:  :fou: 

Anyone have any ideas?
The system is completely brand new now besides this stupid PC case I have.

If it freezes again I am going to switch the power bar that the computer is plugged into, but this is probably not it as I have used another power bar with previous setups at my brothers house and still had freezing issues.

At first I thought it was bad CPU/Ram/Mobo, so they were exchanged.
2nd set of hardware froze at same point of Windows XP setup.
I have the 3rd set of CPU/Ram/Mobo now,
bought new power supply, and harddrive thinking that was the problem.

Can anyone help?
I initially planned on spending $400 to upgrade my PC a bit, now I have spent easily over $700 and it freezes randomly. :fou:  :fou: 

Thanks in advance for any help
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January 5, 2010 11:45:26 PM

Is it possible for a case fan or two to make a PC freeze?
They are about 3-4 year old Antec 120mm case fans, I just noticed a minute ago while rebooting my PC that the fan seemed loud and was making some weird squeaking noises so I unplugged them both.

Damn this is annoying!!!!
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January 6, 2010 2:20:31 AM

I updated the BIOS on my motherboard M4A785TD-V EVO and have finally copied some files from my 1TB WD External drive. So far it would appear that the BIOS update fixed the random freezing problem
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