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New Build - Win 7 locks up within 10 min.

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May 4, 2012 7:40:03 AM

I just built a new computer running Win 7 64bit. It worked great for a day, then today the troubles started. Its an Asus MOBO and it was set on "normal mode" and I switched to "asus optimal mode" It seemed like after that it started locking up every 5-10 min. It doesn't matter what I am doing, the keyboard won't wont, mouse wont move, the only way to reboot it is hold in the power button. It will boot right back up and work for no more than 10 min. I figured changing that setting in the BIOS screwed something up so I cleared the CMOS. That didn't work and it locked up repeatedly again.

So then I figured it might be a prob win Win 7 so I reinstalled windows all over again, within 5 minutes after the install finished and I was installing drivers it locked up again.

I tested the SSD with a program called HD Tune and it showed it was fine. I ran Memtest86 (only for about 30 minutes) and no errors. Ill let it run overnight to make sure the whole test completes. Do you guys have any idea what could be going on here? Here's what I'm working with:

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)


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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 7:54:38 AM

try reducing the RAM peed to 1600 Mhz
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May 4, 2012 8:10:01 AM

K, Ill give that a try. I also noticed the timing was set to Auto at 11-11-11-28 and this RAM is supposed to be 9-10-9-28, could that be screwing it up? And I'm gonna sound like an idiot for asking this but do I even have them RAM in the right slots, the Slots are A1(black) A2(blue) B1(black) B2(blue), I have them in slots A1,A2. Now that I read the instructions more it looks like they should be in A2 and B2.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 8:19:53 AM

11-11-11-28 is set slower than 9-10-9..... so that wont be the problem

Yes the RAM should be in the slots of the same color .


Check the RAM voltage
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 11:00:33 AM

what kind of graphics card are you using?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 11:23:28 AM

First set your RAM like in the instructions lol, that should be obvious...
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May 4, 2012 11:51:52 AM

Have you fully patched your windows 7?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 12:24:24 PM

check that the mb is updated to the lasted firmware there been a few bug fixes and cpu code updates. one thing to check is that the ram you have is on asus qual list. asus boards a tuchy on the ram you use.
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May 4, 2012 12:41:24 PM

TEMPS!!!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like you may be overheating.
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May 4, 2012 5:43:41 PM

I just ran memtest for the last 9 hours and it showed 0 errors

My Graphics card is a MSI NX8400GS-TD256E GeForce 8400 GS, I know that it is good because I was using it in a previous built with no problems.

I can't fully patch windows because it locks up before I can get that far.

RAM is on the MB quality list.

Ill look into the firmware.
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May 4, 2012 7:13:09 PM

I updated to the lasted BIOS that Asus recommended and it still locked up.

If there anyway it could be my SSD even though the test said it was fine? I was talking to my brother who is pretty good with computers and I told him what was going on and the first thing he said was probably a bad SSD.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 8:36:19 PM

with the mb check that the ssd is on the mb sata port and not on the third party marvel controler. it tell you in your owners guild what ports are the mb builit in ports. most ssd if you do an update of the fireware your going to lose everything on the drive..
one thing also to check is the on board video if the board has it is it on or off?? with a pci video card you wantthe on board chipset to be off.
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May 4, 2012 9:14:10 PM

Sata is hooked up correctly and there is no onboard video

Also I forgot to mention I'm running 2 of those MSI video cards and i just noticed on the specs it says:

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode)

What that Be screwing anything up?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 4, 2012 9:32:23 PM

look ay the mb guild most slt/crossfire when you put two cards in they should drop to 8x for both slots if it a two slot mb.
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May 4, 2012 9:48:12 PM

Are you actually getting any Blue Screens?
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May 4, 2012 9:54:09 PM

Havnt had a single blue screen yet. I've never had a problem with freezing up like this and it not showing any errors

I was able to score another SSD so I'm gonna try a new install on it and see what happens
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May 4, 2012 10:10:36 PM

Sometimes the BSOD gets disabled, you might check to see if it's set to auto-restart.

Otherwise it sounds like it's a storage based or overclocking error. So i'd try dropping the RAM down to a standard 1600. If you've got a Sandforce based SSD that could be your culprit.
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May 5, 2012 12:42:57 AM

Well It looks like I had a bad driver installed for the graphics cards. The one I was installed was actually older than the one windows 7 automatically installed.

I downloaded the newest one off the website and so far its been running fine for 45 minutes, the longest its ran since this problem started.

(P.S. I feel like such an idiot!!)
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May 5, 2012 2:39:55 AM

Grats man, glad to hear it's working out for you!
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May 5, 2012 6:40:32 AM

Problem Solved!!! - It was a graphics card driver. PC has been running for 3 hours no and not a single lockup. Thanks for the help guys.
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