In the past few months my computer has become prone to random freezes during Windows login screen, during normal usage, or while the computer is in sleep mode (it would power up randomly in the middle of the night and freeze). At this point, if I reboot my system, it will randomly freeze on the POST screen. It would take a few reboots to get back to loading Windows.
I really don't know how to troubleshoot this. If I look in the reliability history in Windows 7, the only issue it recognizes is that I didn't shut down Windows properly. Is there any way to better troubleshoot this? So far I was able to run memtest overnight with no errors and have run chkdsk on all harddrives attached to my system.
I noticed they are supposed to run at 1.65V, however your motherboard uses/requires 1.5V sticks in the DIMM sockets. I think that might be your issue - running 1.65V DDR3 sticks in a 1.5V motherboard. <--- what is your RAM Voltage set to in the BIOS?
Do you have another set of ram you could try out that has 1.5V ram?
I attempted using the @BIOS software included with my mobo to update from the server, but that didn't seem to work. Would it be safe to update to version FH?
Your BIOS appears to be very out of date. I would reccomend updating to the FH if you feel comfortable enough to do it. However a few problems:
If you do update your BIOS, and it freezes during the update, it might bork your system.
The update might actually make things worse.
On the flip side:
It might fix your issues of your RAM voltage not sticking.
It might even fix everything.
Edit: One more thing, you have to decide whether or not you want to update your BIOS. Like I mentioned above, it could either fix everything, or you could bork your system. So update/don't update the BIOS at your own risk!
The SPD tab is a set of potential voltages. Those are settings you COULD use, according to the data on the RAM modules.
What you should do for testing purposes is remove 3 sticks. Make sure the RAM settings match a set of settings from the SPD tab, and test that way.
If that does not resolve it then test with the OTHER 3 sticks, only.
The PSU is not great, it's an Enhance-built model that has a few minor issues. The amount of available power has very little to do with the quality of a PSU. I would not rule it out just yet.
Alright, thanks for the extra info. I'll try testing each RAM set individually when I have time this weekend. For now, the system froze again, and I was welcomed to the following message on the POST screen:
It looks like the RAM speed is incorrect. How would I fix this?
So after updgrading BIOS to the latest version and setting up my memory to the correct voltages and speeds, my system ran pretty smoothly for a few days. However, after a few flickers of a kernel crash on my NVIDIA card, my system froze once more. After a few reboots, my system froze at several points on the POST screen as well as the screen which prompts for safe mode. I had to completely power down my system and turn it back on for Windows to boot properly. Would this indicate an issue with the Mobo or HDD? Or is it more likely still a memory issue?