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Old 07-05-2007, 11:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My computer has been freezing since the day that I built it, but today it has been really bad. It has frozen probably 4 times within 4 hours. I often find it frozen when it has been idling for a while, but not all the time. It froze 2 times while I was playing Diablo 2 today. When it freezes, if there is a sound playing it loops. The keyboard does not function when it freezes (as in I can't toggle caps lock on/off and stuff.)

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Old 07-05-2007, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First check if all the drivers u installed are correct , if you overclocked then set it to default . Tell you the Truth im thinking its your HD messing with you download either Western Digital Data Lifeguard 5.04f or Western Digital DLG for Windows 1.07.01 and make a bootable floppy from it and run the floppy as a first boot device, let it finish and the program will tell you if the HD has bad sectors or not.

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Old 07-05-2007, 12:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I dont have a floppy disk drive

it COULD be my hard drive because it is old, and I have it set up in a wierd way. I have it set so that the CD drive and HD are both on the same cable (this HD doesnt have a SATA port, it has a big ribbon cable.) But I was thinking of getting a new hard drive anyway.
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the hard drive is ide and there is nothing wrong with the hard-drive being on the same ribbon cable as the cd drive, if the hdd is old i would consider purchasing a SATA one
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Everytime I had problems with the random freeze ups it was always driver related.
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Yeah sometimes it just straight up crashes, and when I log into windows it says the error may have been caused by drivers, but I have checked my drivers and as far as I can tell I have the latest ones. I can't find any for my HD though.

In device manager this is the HD:


driver is:

Version 5.1.2535.0

This driver is from 7/1/2001 so it is really old, but so is the drive, so I don't know if there are new ones for it or not. I have looked before but I just dont know where to find them.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Looked some more, still couldnt find any drivers. Can anyone help me here?
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Its more than likely the HD. A failing HD can cause all kinds of problems like that.
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HD's dont need drivers (as in, they dont make them).

But it could be overheating. Make sure you put on a proper amount of thermal paste or a thermal pad between the heatsink and the cpu, and then make sure the fan is mounted properly/firmly. Ive heard of some heatsinks coming warrped or something. Check yours.
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Old 07-09-2007, 08:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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the temperature gauge on the heatsink says that the hottest it ever gets is about 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and sometimes it freezes when I am not doing anything stressful to the computer.

So, looks like it is time for a new HD

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