Checksum error and random freeze ups. - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-28-2008, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 6
Default Checksum error and random freeze ups.

I built two computers for gaming some time back and one of them seems to be having trouble. Both computers were running great until my wife's system started to act strangely. Both computers are built the same and mine has never had any trouble.

The build:

EVGA 680i LT SLI Motherboard, socket LGA775, Nforce chipset.
Intel Dual Core @ 2.0 ghz
A-DATA 2x1 gig RAM
x2 Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT video cards
160 gig Western digital HD
Rosewill ATX case w/ 550 watt psu
Windows Vista x64 OS

The system ran great for about six months and then it started having an issue with recognizing the HD as 32 MB instead of 160 (76 left) gigs. This issue has not happened for some time now but was very annoying. I don't remember exactly how I fixed it but it came down to plugging it into a different sata port and/or updating the MB drivers / chipset.

After a while it ran ok again, but then another issue started to come up. A checksum error. So I changed out the bios battery and that seemed to work for a little while until it started coming back to the checksum error again.

After multiple battery changes, the computer will now randomly freeze especial after being shutdown for a while (usually takes three start ups to get it to the desktop) So we just leave it on now, but sometimes it will be froze up in the morning when we wake up.

Did virus scans and spyware scans and have come up with nothing there, and all the drivers are updated except for the BIOS. I have not figured out how to set the boot priority on this type of MB bios (Phoenix). I have a CD disk that has the update on it, just have to figure out how to set the boot priority.

From what I have found on web searching, if the bios update doesn't work then I might have a hardware malfunction and will have to send the board out for work or get a new one. I also read that these MB types have issues like this and some don't. Luckily these boards have dropped in price to 99$, at the time I built mine they were up into the 200$ + range if I remember correctly. The problem is that Newegg is sold out of them, and EVGA says they are on back order.


Soleth is offline  
Old 10-28-2008, 04:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 999
Default Re: Checksum error and random freeze ups.

You'd probably be better off getting a newer more up to date motherboard for yourself and give your wife your system.

KurrentEweser is offline  
Old 11-01-2008, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 6
Default Re: Checksum error and random freeze ups.

I disconnected all the components from the psu, took out the ram, vidcards and swapped the cmos battery out with a Duracell store bought lithium 2032 3v. (Always thought I had to order it special) Plugged everything back together and now my wife hasn't had a problem since.

Soleth is offline  
Old 11-02-2008, 10:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
Super Techie
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 458
Default Re: Checksum error and random freeze ups.

I posted this in another thread but ill copy paste it here too.

The random freezing is from nvidia drivers and vista. The drivers and vista dont get along, me and my friend, both nvidia cards (8800gt and 9800gtx) and vista ultimate have this random freezing problem. I don't think theres a fix.

If you search "vista random freezing nvidia" ull see alot of ppl have the same problem.

I re-installed vista, but it just came back, ima revert back to windows xp this weekend.
Intel E8400
Zalman 9500AT
evga 8800gt dual-slot cooler
4gig (2x2gb)g.skill ddr2 1066
gigabyte p43-ds3L
Antec sonata II mid tower
200gb Seagate HDD, 500gb Seagate HDD, 1TB Seagate HDD
bkolk is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:19 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.