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July 1, 2010 7:17:54 PM

My computer will randomly freeze for about 30 seconds and it does it more often when i'm playing games like world of warcraft or warcraft 3. I'm thinking that it's my processor overheating but i'm not sure. Here's my dxdiag:
7/1/2010, 15:11:09
Machine name: NEKO-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100226-1909)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Dell DXP051
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 3072MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 1264MB used, 4874MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode
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July 1, 2010 8:08:13 PM

Have you made any upgrades recently or installed any new programs/updates?

Also how long has it been doing this?
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July 1, 2010 8:23:56 PM

When you say randomly freeze, do you mean completely lockup to the point you have to reboot, or slow down to a crawl and eventually recover? If the machine locks up, then you can attribute that to something hardware related. If the machine comes up with a BSOD or reboots, then that could also be hardware or a driver that is interacting badly with the OS. If you slow down to a crawl and then eventually recover, most likely that is a service that is hogging resources (processor time and/or memory) that is eventually releasing those resources for use.

Are you running AV/antimalware software? Does the slowdown happen at a regular interval (on the hour, once a say, etc.)? Can you perform an action and expect to see this slowdown occur? When this slowdown happens, are you able to open up your task manager and see if any processes are hogging your system resources?
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July 1, 2010 10:54:52 PM

It freezes for about 30 seconds and then it becomes perfectly fine and runs good until it randomly freezes again. I recently installed windows 7 about a few months ago and it started then as well.
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July 2, 2010 1:05:44 AM

I've updated all of my drivers and everything seems to be up to date. i'll post the drivers dxdiag.

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 9400 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0641&SUBSYS_0562196E&REV_A1
Display Memory: 2286 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1007 MB
Shared Memory: 1279 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: DELL E196FP
Monitor Id: DELA015
Native Mode: 1280 x 1024(p) (60.020Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0011.9745 (English)
Driver Version: 8.17.11.9745
DDI Version:
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 9386600 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4501-11CF-CF5C-69251FC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0641
SubSys ID: 0x0562196E
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Driver Strong Name: oem5.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTx86.6.1:Section003:8.17.11.9745:p ci\ven_10de&dev_0641
Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
Video Accel:
Deinterlace Caps: n/a
D3D9 Overlay: Supported
DXVA-HD: Supported
DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Not Available
AGP Status: Enabled

Description: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_8384&DEV_7680&SUBSYS_102801A7&REV_1032
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 65535
Type: WDM
Driver Name: HdAudio.sys
Driver Version: 6.01.7600.16385 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
Date and Size: 7/13/2009 19:51:47, 304128 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Microsoft
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0x0
Min/Max Sample Rate: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 0, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

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Name: Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Root Port - 27D0
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27D0&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&E0
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:45, 153680 bytes

Name: Intel(R) 945G/GZ/GC/P/PL PCI Express Root Port - 2771
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2771&SUBSYS_00008086&REV_00\3&172E68DD&0&08
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:45, 153680 bytes

Name: Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB2 Enhanced Host Controller - 27CC
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27CC&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&EF
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbehci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:14, 41472 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:15, 284160 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:52:09, 258560 bytes

Name: Intel(R) 945G/GZ/GC/P/PL Processor to I/O Controller - 2770
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2770&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_00\3&172E68DD&0&00
Driver: n/a

Name: Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27CB
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27CB&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&EB
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:10, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:15, 284160 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:52:09, 258560 bytes

Name: Intel(R) 82801 PCI Bridge - 244E
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_244E&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_E1\3&172E68DD&0&F0
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:45, 153680 bytes

Name: Intel(R) ICH7 Family PCI Express Root Port - 27E2
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27E2&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&E5
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:45, 153680 bytes

Name: Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27CA
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27CA&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&EA
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:10, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:15, 284160 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:52:09, 258560 bytes

Name: Intel(R) PRO/1000 PL Network Connection
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_109A&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\4&22443A69&0&00E5
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\e1e6032.sys, 9.13.0004.0010 (English), 7/13/2009 18:02:50, 211456 bytes

Name: Intel(R) ICH7 Family PCI Express Root Port - 27E0
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27E0&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&E4
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:45, 153680 bytes

Name: Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27C9
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27C9&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&E9
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:10, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:15, 284160 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:52:09, 258560 bytes

Name: Conexant D850 56K V.90 DFVc Modem
Device ID: PCI\VEN_14F1&DEV_2F20&SUBSYS_200F14F1&REV_00\4&5855BE9&0&28F0
Driver: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\VSTCNXT3.SYS, 7.80.0002.0000 (English), 7/13/2009 18:13:45, 661504 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\VSTBS23.SYS, 7.80.0002.0000 (English), 7/13/2009 18:13:47, 266752 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\VSTDPV3.SYS, 7.80.0002.0000 (English), 7/13/2009 18:13:46, 980992 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\VSTProf.cty, 6/10/2009 17:40:16, 146036 bytes

Name: Intel(R) ICH7 Family Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 27DF
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27DF&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&F9
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\intelide.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:36, 15424 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pciidex.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:19:03, 42560 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:26:15, 21584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\ataport.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:26:15, 133200 bytes

Name: Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family USB Universal Host Controller - 27C8
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27C8&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&E8
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbuhci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:10, 24064 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbport.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:51:15, 284160 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\usbhub.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:52:09, 258560 bytes

Name: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
Device ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0641&SUBSYS_0562196E&REV_A1\4&26C98DFD&0&0008
Driver: C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository\nv_disp.inf_x86_neutral_cd684a90409bd8fa\NvCplSetupEng.exe, 14.00.0000.0162 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 18344184 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\nvBridge.kmd, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 10920 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\nvlddmkm.sys, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 11573800 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\OpenCL.dll, 1.00.0000.0000 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 56424 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\dpinst.exe, 2.01.0000.0000 (English), 1/12/2010 13:03:34, 795104 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvapi.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 1296488 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvcompiler.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 11647592 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvcuda.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 4029544 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvcuvenc.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 2646632 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvcuvid.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 2009704 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvd3dum.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 9386600 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvdecodemft.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 316008 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvencodemft.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 2907752 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvinfo.pb, 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 7772 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvoglv32.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 15227496 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvwgf2um.dll, 8.17.0011.9745 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 4503144 bytes
Driver: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Uninstall\nvdisp.nvu, 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 22936 bytes
Driver: C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\Uninstall\nvudisp.exe, 1.10.0059.0037 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 600680 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvcod.dll, 1.09.0014.0099 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 227944 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\nvcod1914.dll, 1.09.0014.0099 (English), 4/3/2010 18:55:31, 227944 bytes

Name: Intel(R) N10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller - 27DA
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27DA&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&FB
Driver: n/a

Name: Standard AHCI 1.0 Serial ATA Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27C1&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&FA
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\msahci.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:44, 27712 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\pciidex.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:19:03, 42560 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:26:15, 21584 bytes
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\ataport.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:26:15, 133200 bytes

Name: High Definition Audio Controller
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27D8&SUBSYS_01D11028&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&D8
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\hdaudbus.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 19:50:56, 108544 bytes

Name: Intel(R) ICH7 DH LPC Interface Controller - 27B0
Device ID: PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_27B0&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_01\3&172E68DD&0&F8
Driver: C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\msisadrv.sys, 6.01.7600.16385 (English), 7/13/2009 21:20:43, 13888 bytes

Current Setting: {5C67A112-A4C9-483F-B4A7-1D473BECAFDC} (Quality)
Quality Flags: 2576
Enabled:
Force throttling
Allow half deinterlace
Allow scaling
Decode Power Usage: 100
Balanced Flags: 1424
Enabled:
Force throttling
Allow batching
Force half deinterlace
Force scaling
Decode Power Usage: 50
PowerFlags: 1424
Enabled:
Force throttling
Allow batching
Force half deinterlace
Force scaling
Decode Power Usage: 0



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July 2, 2010 1:56:04 PM

lol, theres your problem.
Pentium d 2.8 GHz and a 9400 gt on a win7 computer?
guess who needs an upgrade???
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July 2, 2010 7:18:05 PM

Quote:
You THINK your processor is overheating? LOL

So have you checked the temps or are you just going to randomly draw conclusions?


lol I put coolint on the processor and it runs fine now and my brother works on computers and told me that so i'm not just randomly guessing. I've also bought a new video card recently and power supply so i'm pretty sure it's the processor.
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July 2, 2010 7:20:09 PM

alhanelem said:
lol, theres your problem.
Pentium d 2.8 GHz and a 9400 gt on a win7 computer?
guess who needs an upgrade???


what would be good for gaming that's not too expensive?
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July 3, 2010 2:45:46 AM

Arikado said:
what would be good for gaming that's not too expensive?


for a cheap cpu id get an E5400, but if you want to spend more and get a good cpu then get a E8400
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July 4, 2010 8:50:05 AM

could be a memory leak. check your processes in task manager over time to see what causes the crash.
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it could be your processor overheating
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July 4, 2010 4:43:09 PM

You know, with a processor overheat, speedstep could be activating...didn't think about it that way, but it would be a lot more prevalent than just a random 30 seconds every now and then.

To be on the safe side, pull the HSF, clean the TIM off the HSF and CPU spreader, and then reapply the proper amount (a bead the size of a large grain of rice or small pea) and reattach the HSF, making sure all the pins seat properly. With the stock Intel heat sinks, you have to really apply the right pressure to the white push pins to get them to engage correctly.

See if that doesn't resolve the issue.
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August 17, 2010 7:31:41 PM

Do you mean to re-apply my thermal paste? It helps for about a day and then it starts freezing again.
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August 17, 2010 8:45:37 PM

Download Realtemp (I doubt Coretemp works on the Pentium D...) and check your temps in game. Pentium D's are VERY prone to overheating...
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August 21, 2010 10:22:34 PM

I'm getting freezes outside of games now and BSOD's quite frequently. I tried reinstalling windows 7 but it said The Instruction at 0x12f9b5b7 referenced memory at 0x0000001. The memory could not be read. I've cleaned my registry and defragmented my C disc. I'm getting a lot of programs not responding and I got no errors when running memtest for 7 hours. My physical memory has also been going up to about 50% and my cpu usage is really high..
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August 21, 2010 11:54:59 PM

It started like this even worse about a week ago. I just want to reinstall Windows 7 to wipe it clean but I can't because of The Instruction at 0x12f9b5b7 referenced memory at 0x0000001. The memory could not be read. when I try reinstalling it..
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August 22, 2010 1:02:12 AM

Arikado said:
I'm getting freezes outside of games now and BSOD's quite frequently. I tried reinstalling windows 7 but it said The Instruction at 0x12f9b5b7 referenced memory at 0x0000001. The memory could not be read. I've cleaned my registry and defragmented my C disc. I'm getting a lot of programs not responding and I got no errors when running memtest for 7 hours. My physical memory has also been going up to about 50% and my cpu usage is really high..


Hmmmm......

BSOD, random freezes, MemTest with no errors, cant reinstall, up to date drivers... :heink: 

I got a few questions,

1.) have you added ram any time since you bought this computer?

2.) How Many sticks of ram do you have in the system?


It doesn't sound like to me the ram it self is bad but it sounds like a memory "setup" issue that need to be corrected.

I've had issues somewhat (not as major but) like yours a little while back when i've add 2 sticks ( two 256MB) with my two 1 GB sticks totaling up to 4 sticks of ram. Ramdom freezes and total system lock up mainly for me on my Intel P4 system.

What i had to do is Increase my "DIMM" voltage (not ram voltage) slightly though BIOS so the there was enough voltage to all dimm's. Once i did that, all my problems cleared up. Most manufactures that im aware of (even one that you can buy just the mother board (MB) itself) dont set the Dimm voltage high enough to run more that 2 sticks of ram on default settings.

Although im not sure if you can adjust the setting on a Dell Motherboard. If you cant adjust the DIMM voltage settings, Try taking out a stick of ram and see if the problem disappears.


if not, Im not really sure what to say other than try knocking down 1 thing at a time.


Cpus dont normally go bad but if you think it's the cpu then try a few things.

1.) Run a temp program to see if it a temp issue. Although if the Pentium D is anything like my Pentium 4, you maybe only able to use "CPUID HWMonitor" or "speedfan".

2.) if temps are fine. Try taking the CPU to a friends computer (if there MB is compatible that is) and see if the problem moves over to the other computer.

3.) while doing #2 also try the friends cpu (if compatible) on your MB. See if the problem clears up.

Just be sure to have enough Thermal paste to cover all of this. ;) 


If you are able to do all this and the problems stays with this computer and not the cpu. Well i would say the issue has to be related to either the MB or the HDD.

There the only thing im seeing that would be causing these issues. As it sounds like the software is just fine and the cpu/ram is just fine. PSU, i've seen some strange problems come out of them but it doesn't sound like it from it.

GPU maybe........ just in case, head over here http://folding.typepad.com/news/2010/08/memtestcl-a-gpu... and run the Memtest equivalent on your gpu.

HDD, try doing an error test.

If those pass, only thing i can say is Get a new Motherboard as it's really the only thing i can think of to be causing such an issue. :( 
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August 22, 2010 1:24:27 AM

warmon6 said:
Hmmmm......

BSOD, random freezes, MemTest with no errors, cant reinstall, up to date drivers... :heink: 

I got a few questions,

1.) have you added ram any time since you bought this computer?

2.) How Many sticks of ram do you have in the system?


It doesn't sound like to me the ram it self is bad but it sounds like a memory "setup" issue that need to be corrected.

I've had issues somewhat (not as major but) like yours a little while back when i've add 2 sticks ( two 256MB) with my two 1 GB sticks totaling up to 4 sticks of ram. Ramdom freezes and total system lock up mainly for me on my Intel P4 system.

What i had to do is Increase my "DIMM" voltage (not ram voltage) slightly though BIOS so the there was enough voltage to all dimm's. Once i did that, all my problems cleared up. Most manufactures that im aware of (even one that you can buy just the mother board (MB) itself) dont set the Dimm voltage high enough to run more that 2 sticks of ram on default settings.

Although im not sure if you can adjust the setting on a Dell Motherboard. If you cant adjust the DIMM voltage settings, Try taking out a stick of ram and see if the problem disappears.


if not, Im not really sure what to say other than try knocking down 1 thing at a time.


Cpus dont normally go bad but if you think it's the cpu then try a few things.

1.) Run a temp program to see if it a temp issue. Although if the Pentium D is anything like my Pentium 4, you maybe only able to use "CPUID HWMonitor" or "speedfan".

2.) if temps are fine. Try taking the CPU to a friends computer (if there MB is compatible that is) and see if the problem moves over to the other computer.

3.) while doing #2 also try the friends cpu (if compatible) on your MB. See if the problem clears up.

Just be sure to have enough Thermal paste to cover all of this. ;) 


If you are able to do all this and the problems stays with this computer and not the cpu. Well i would say the issue has to be related to either the MB or the HDD.

There the only thing im seeing that would be causing these issues. As it sounds like the software is just fine and the cpu/ram is just fine. PSU, i've seen some strange problems come out of them but it doesn't sound like it from it.

GPU maybe........ just in case, head over here http://folding.typepad.com/news/2010/08/memtestcl-a-gpu... and run the Memtest equivalent on your gpu.

HDD, try doing an error test.

If those pass, only thing i can say is Get a new Motherboard as it's really the only thing i can think of to be causing such an issue. :( 

Thanks for replying :)  I have 2 sticks of ram that are 1g and 2 sticks that are 512 mb so I have about 3 gigs of ram. How can I try to adjust the dimm voltage on a dell? I had 1g of memory originally on this computer I think and last christmas I added 2 gigs. When my brother installed windows 7 originally near christmas last year it was running very very slow and programs stopped responding just by clicking on them. I think we fixed it with the extra 2 gigs of ram and thermal paste+a new cpu fan and a video card. The only problem that remained was the in game freezing but now it's starting to happen outside of games. :( 

My GPU Core Temp on HWmonitor is 47c or 116F
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August 22, 2010 2:23:09 AM

Does anyone know if I can change the dimm voltage on a dell?
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August 22, 2010 3:08:52 AM

I removed 1 stick of ram but it's running the same.
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August 22, 2010 9:11:15 PM

Arikado said:
I removed 1 stick of ram but it's running the same.


Sorry for the long wait.

Anyways.... Well with it now doing that, i guess this is a much different problem than i thought. :/ 

Gotta love the computer world..... Problems that are different but appears the same. :pt1cable: 


Hmmm..... Guess it's time to knock down each possible configuration.

have you tried running the computer with minimum hardware? If not. here's what you need to do.

Remove the graphic card and run on the integrated graphics (if you have integrated graphics that is)

Remove any other cards (USB, NIC (Network interface controller), RAID cards, ect)

If there is multiple HDDs, disconnect all but the drive with the OS on it.



Ok. What im trying to find out here is this. Does the problem disappears or stays with minimal hardware.

If the problem disappears then what we know that 1 of the pieces of hardware that was just removed is the contributer to the issue.

Just place each piece of hardware one at a time. After adding that 1 piece. Turn on the computer and see if the computer runs fine or not.

If it does run just fine, repeat the process of adding hardware until it shows its self.

If it the problem appears. take out that hardware you just put in and set it aside and continue with the rest of the rebuilding.

If the problem doesn't appear. then you just found the culprit.

If the problem appears with a different hardwares, then i would start looking into that motherboard.



Now I will say this if it appears this way.

If the graphic card appear to be the problem, do an RMA (if possible) on it. If the Second card shows the same thing, the I will strongly say it is the PSU is either bad or not giving enough power on the 12v rail(s). High % of the time, you dont get 2 bad cards so i would guess the PSU is the issue.


Well, try that out and see how it goes. Your problem is not normal so i will say this now.

It will take time to figure out.
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