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Computer freezing, even in BIOS. NEED HELP PLEASE!

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May 18, 2012 6:04:20 PM

I recently built a new PC, it has been having intermittent random freezes, usually within the first 10 minutes of being turned on. I know it is not overheating because i have run CoreTemp and it stays around 30C. After it has been on for about 10 min I can play intensive games for HOURS and I have no issue. It is ALWAYS within the first 10 min of startup. I figured I may have a RAM issue so I downloaded memtest and started to run it with all sticks in. It shutdown within 10 min of running, so I took all sticks out except for 1. Ran memtest again and it ran for about 20 min and the same thing happened. I figured maybe my BIOS has an option to shutdown when RAM errors are detected so I booted into BIOS. It froze within about 5 seconds. I swapped out the stick of RAM for a new one, thinking maybe the first one was the bad stick. Booted into BIOS again to look for the option and it froze once again.

I am at a loss other than saying its the motherboards fault and replacing it. I dont know what else could be doing it. I also schedule a CHKDSK to run at startup and it froze at 14% of stage 4, after reboot it froze in the same spot. I figured maybe it was the hard drive but that wouldnt explain the freezing during BIOS menus. Below are my PC components, any help would be greatly appreciated!

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M4A1600C9B

GPU: EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

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May 18, 2012 10:15:46 PM

The BIOS does not shut down the computer in case of RAM errors. That would require at least error correction code (ECC) support in the memory controller (which is the CPU in this case), motherboard, BIOS, and RAM, and that Corsair does not include ECC.

I suspect a video power consumption issue. Remove the GTX570 card and try just the motherboard video. What power supply do you have?
May 18, 2012 10:42:44 PM

I originally had a Radeon 7850 card and from what I could tell it was defective (was getting video lag, incorrect rendering and only about 2FPS when gaming). I returned it for the NVIDIA card and those issues resolved. If I remember correctly when I was running onboard graphics while my card was being returned it was still freezing and not booting correctly without and card in it.

My PSU is: Antec CP-1000 1000W Continuous ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
May 21, 2012 5:41:04 AM

Bump. It still randomly freezes but every 1/3 times or so it boots up and stays fine. If I don't turn it off it will stay running for like 4 days. As soon as I shut down, restart, hibernate it sleep it will freeze when turned back on again. I have new ram on the way but just am completely stumped.
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