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November 13, 2003 5:15:16 AM

I'm still having problems, I hope you all can help. I built a system a few weeks ago, and it was constantly locking up - during games, surfing the net, even if there was nothing going on. I have tried 4 different modules of memory in it, and each time, I had the same lock-up problems, so I'm positive that it isn't the memory that is causing it. I am also positive that it is not a heat problem, my CPU has never risen above 45 degrees Celsius. Is my processor bad, or could it be something else?
Athlon XP 2500+ non-OC
DFI Lanparty NFII ultra
Maxtor 60GB 7200RPM 2MB cache
GeForce 3 64MB
Lite-On DVD-ROM
Thermaltake Volcano 11 xaser edition w/ all-copper heatsink
The four types of RAM I have used are:
Corsair XMS 512MB PC3200 DDR
Geil 512MB PC3200 DDR
generic 256MB PC2100 DDR
generic 128MB PC1600 DDR

Thank you all for your help.

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November 13, 2003 8:15:44 AM

go through changeing each componant with a working one. no one really can have an answer for these problems.

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November 13, 2003 8:20:53 AM

Sounds exactly like a powersupply problem to me. What make and Wattage is your PSU?

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November 13, 2003 1:19:25 PM

Chipdeath may be right. Check the PSU. Get back to us. Good luck.

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November 13, 2003 3:15:50 PM

Using dialup or broadband?
November 13, 2003 6:54:56 PM

The PSU is a Forton Source 400W. I had heard nothing but good stuff about fortron, and it weighs a ton.
And I'm on broadband right now, cable modem.

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November 13, 2003 9:24:17 PM

Someone really ought to make a FAQ for this :( 
Anyway, first thing to IMHO regardless how many modules you tried, run memtest86 (www.memtest86.com).
Check your voltages, no matter high quality your PSU is, it can still be off enough to cause instability. let us know what the bios reports.
If neither of these bring anything, I hate to ask the obvious, but did you run a recent antivirus and adaware ? If not, do it NOW, both of them.

If none of this helps, gimme some more details on the crashes; when do they occur, do you get a BSOD or a freeze ? Or illegal exception things with apps closing ?

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November 13, 2003 9:48:17 PM

I don't even own a floppy, i'll have to get one at the store tomorrow. Not to mention install a floppy drive >:( 
As for the voltages, they are all within acceptable limits.
When the computer locks up, it just freezes. Nothing works, or does anything. And I'd say after about 1 of every 5 freezes, the PC speaker goes off, continually.

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November 13, 2003 10:15:47 PM

you can download a .ISO file and burn a cd if you don't have a floppy. But memory errors usually result in a BSOD, not a total freeze. I'd still check it, but I doubt its the memory sticks.

I assume you ran an antivirus and adaware ?

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November 13, 2003 11:01:40 PM

Yes,I did. I just switched the PSU for an old one, so I'll give this a few hours and see how it handles.

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November 14, 2003 11:43:40 PM

Ok, the different power supply did not improve anything; it doesn't even have the extra 12v connector, so I don't trust it anyways. So, should I suspect my power supply, or processor? My friend is saying that he's sure it's not the mobo, because if it was, then the comp wouldn't even boot into windows. Is this true? Thanks for your help


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November 15, 2003 1:15:47 AM

Could very well be a bad CPU. See if you can borrow a good one to test. We are assuming you have the latest BIOS and the clock speed is correct. I have had hardware conflicts act similarly too. Windows 98 hating promise controller etc. How long will it run before lock-up?
November 15, 2003 1:45:53 AM

Do you have an old hdd laying about? Try formating it and doing a clean os install onto it.
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November 20, 2009 5:39:18 AM

The memory must the same to each other. It's size, and it's type....

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