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Computer Freezing and BSOD

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April 12, 2012 12:23:43 AM

Hello everyone, how are you?

My HP xw6400 has been running fine until the last months, it began acting strangely. At first it froze once a week, the screen just lay still and did nothing at all, the mouse didn't move nor could I turn CAPS lock on or off, nothing. The HDD LED was blinking every 5 sec and no matter what I did, I had to press the power button for 10 sec and then restart it to work. Now this is more frequent and during some power ons I get the "windows recovered from an unexpected error" the error being a BSOD which I haven't seen with my own eyes.
Last week the monitor stuck, all was black except where my mouse went. I had to press the desktop button for my pc to show up everything

Weird thing is that I get the errors without doing something certain (ex: photoshop) they just pop up twice a day or more. I can't replicate the error

PC SPECS:
Intel Xeon E5320 1.86 Ghz Quad Core
2 HDD running on RAID 0
2 GB of HP DDR-2 667 MHz ECC OEM memory
Nvidia GT 220 as primary on 2 monitors
Nvidia 8600 GTX on 3rd monitor


I am new to the forum so please bear with me. Can anyone suggest anything?

Thanks,
Michalis95

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April 24, 2012 8:56:40 PM

my first thought is powersupply
that computer is close to 5 years old and if you are running the stock 575watt
which was just meant for a stock setup but you have two HDs and two video cards
then that would be the first suspect
if you get 5 years of life from a OEM PSU then you are already pushing the limits especially if running more hardware than the computer was originally spec'd for

if you can borrow a PSU or can afford to replace it that would be my first step

and really doing BIOS updates are good but only if really needed
you are taking a chance of bricking the computer if the power goes out during an update
also a bios update on a computer that is freezing is a really BAD idea
if it freezes during update you have an expensive paper weight
April 25, 2012 2:42:59 PM

Hello, thanks for the reply

I'll try changing the power supply today, see if it works.
Can it be corruption of one of my HDD's?
April 25, 2012 3:27:29 PM

possibly your OS drive but usually you would hear it making some noise
usually a grinding or clicking sound
try running the computer with the side panel off and use a empty paper towel tube and hold it up to the hard drive and listen
also you can use a diagnostic program like HDtune
http://www.hdtune.com/download.html
the second one is HDtune and free for personal use
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