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What is the most common cause of system freeze up?

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August 29, 2012 6:28:15 PM

I hate to ask this again, but what is the most common or likely reason for my system freezing and I just have to restart the system to get it going?

It seems to happen more often if the system has been idle for a while. After a reset or restart, I get the "Windows did not shut down properly" and I hit enter and it starts up again.

My system is this:

ASRock Z68 Pro 3
Intel i5 2500K
Cooler Master Hyper 212 + CPU cooler
Antec BP 550 Plus power supply
16 gigs GSkill Ripjaws X series DDR 3 1600 RAM
PNY Quadro NVS 440 graphics card for 4 monitors
Crucial M4 64 gig SSD
WD Black WD640 AALS Hard Drive
2 19 inch AGM digital flat screen monitors
2 21.5 inch SMEX 2220 digital monitors
Cooler Master HAF 912

So far I have asked at 2 computer repair shops and one shop said it was probably the power supply, the next shop said it was probably the SSD.

Should I reseat the graphics card? Take the RAM out and try one stick at a time?

Any other ideas on how to solve this?

Thanks for your time.

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August 29, 2012 6:34:11 PM

Hi :) 

I own computer shops and the honest answer is it could be any hardware/software fault...

The commonest we get is hard drive failure....

Second is Viruses...

All the best Brett :) 
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August 29, 2012 7:02:58 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

I own computer shops and the honest answer is it could be any hardware/software fault...

The commonest we get is hard drive failure....

Second is Viruses...

All the best Brett :) 



Is it very likely that it's the SSD? Anything I can do about that besides a new SSD?
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August 29, 2012 7:04:45 PM

SSDs don't fail like mechanical hard drives, they get head crashes, click of dead other things along that line.
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August 29, 2012 7:21:31 PM

And I've got ESET NOD 32 AV and not had any problems as far as I know.
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August 30, 2012 2:14:15 AM

the SSD locking up your system is very common. Update the firmware and see if it still occurs.
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August 30, 2012 3:02:11 AM

popatim said:
the SSD locking up your system is very common. Update the firmware and see if it still occurs.


Thanks Popatim. I'll give it a try and see what happens. I assume that I update the firmware from the SSD manufacturer Crucial?
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August 30, 2012 3:33:05 AM

That's right, but I would backup the drive first just in case the firmware update destroys the data on the drive. Even if Crucial claims the update to be non destructive I would still back it up just in case.
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August 30, 2012 4:31:15 PM

pauls3743 said:
That's right, but I would backup the drive first just in case the firmware update destroys the data on the drive. Even if Crucial claims the update to be non destructive I would still back it up just in case.


Thanks pauls3743

I downloaded a Crucial firmware update from their site and I'm waiting to see if it's effective yet. No crash or freeze so far this AM, but they usually happen it seems after the computer is idle for a while. I'll go do some errands etc and see what happens when I come back.

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August 30, 2012 4:32:30 PM

Thanks pauls3743

I downloaded a Crucial firmware update from their site and I'm waiting to see if it's effective yet. No crash or freeze so far this AM, but they usually happen it seems after the computer is idle for a while. I'll go do some errands etc and see what happens when I come back.

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March 4, 2013 11:00:18 AM

am an IT student studying cisco.
i think your machine is having a system problem so what i surgest you to do is to
repaire your system using the system CD.window7,windowxp etc. be for you do that dont forget to
back up your important files AKAH DERRICK
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March 4, 2013 6:57:27 PM

tetuh said:
am an IT student studying cisco.
i think your machine is having a system problem so what i surgest you to do is to
repaire your system using the system CD.window7,windowxp etc. be for you do that dont forget to
back up your important files AKAH DERRICK



Thanks tetuh (Derrick). I'll give it a try.
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