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Old 12-19-2013, 03:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So for a while now my computer has been randomly freezing. Sometimes it's a short blip and there is a whirring sound followed by a click. This doesn't lead to a hard reset; eventually the computer responds (after the click sound).
The bigger issue is occasionally it freezes and I can't do anything other than a hard reset. Yesterday it happened twice one after another. At the time I was just browsing firefox with nothing else open.
On event viewer, there's 24 Critical errors, all error 41. The source is "Kernel-Power".
I have no idea what is causing the problem, so any help is greatly appreciated (Specs in my signature).

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Old 12-19-2013, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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First, check to make sure that everything is connected on your motherboard. Sometimes things can come loose, and cause a short (so-to-speak)

Second, check to make sure all your drivers are up to date.

If all else fails, I would repair/reload the OS and see if that fixes the issues.
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check drivers as well, friend had a problem similar to this
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On event viewer, there's 24 Critical errors, all error 41. The source is "Kernel-Power".
I have no idea what is causing the problem, so any help is greatly appreciated (Specs in my signature).
Just to tell you, "Kernel-Power" events in event viewer just means that you performed a hard reset on your computer. It creates a critical error because the OS had no prior warning before you did it.

However, if you receive those messages with a time-stamp of when you did *not* hard reset it, then you have a problem.
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Old 12-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your help. I've checked all connections and everything seems to be fine. Also I've updated all my drivers.
Hopefully this will solve the problem, but I may not know for a while as it's not a daily occurrence. I'll keep on eye on the event viewer, as far as I can tell all the Kernel Power errors have been due to me resetting my computer.
Thanks again.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My computer just froze again. I was listening to music at the time on iTunes and when it froze the sound sort of stuttered and buzzed. I had to do a hard reset again.
I use to have this problem when playing Battlefield 3, exactly like this video (skip to 2:46), but this time I was literally just listening to music when it happened.
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My computer just froze again. I was listening to music at the time on iTunes and when it froze the sound sort of stuttered and buzzed. I had to do a hard reset again.
I use to have this problem when playing Battlefield 3, exactly like this video (skip to 2:46), but this time I was literally just listening to music when it happened. Battfield 3 for PC lock up freeze crash fail.
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Anytime you have that freeze with stuttering buzzing noise it could be one out of three things.

VGA drivers that are currently installed and maybe unstable. :/
Sound Card drivers if it isnt working right and chokes up when playing music and other system sounds.
God forbid it maybe a cpu issue, open up taskmanager and see how much cpu usage is going up.

If I had to guess directly, I say something maybe wrong with the vga drivers or cpu is spiking up to high.
Also nice video I had to laugh at it at 2:46.
Its just one of those moments like this where you don't give a **** anymore and hit the machine off and look for something better.
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I had similar cut outs due to incorrectly timed G. Skill ram, that buzzing humming noise is probably not characteristic to one problem or another tbh. I had made the mistake of leaving my ram at the default motherboards timing, and this caused quite a few freeze and black screens as well as blue screens, once I timed my ram the way it was listed on the sticks instead of auto setting through mboard, the freezes stopped, but the sticks still had inversion errors on memtest so I had to replace them.

I suppose you could check your mem timings for kicks, see if your ram is timed manually as per the CA settings on the stick, I noticed through cpuid I believe, that my ram had incorrect timing and eventually solved my issue with random freezes, I actually remember this bf video, I had viewed it aswell when I was trying to trouble shoot the issues, to compound the matter when I replaced the PSU the freezes changed quite a bit, so it had lead me to believe it wasn't Ram related, took like 1-2 years of freezing before I finally did memtest and seen there was issues, and noticed my timing I had left on the default setting for the gigabyte mboard assuming it would auto detect and render the correct settings/voltages.
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Old 12-24-2013, 04:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Anytime you have that freeze with stuttering buzzing noise it could be one out of three things.

VGA drivers that are currently installed and maybe unstable. :/
Sound Card drivers if it isnt working right and chokes up when playing music and other system sounds.
God forbid it maybe a cpu issue, open up taskmanager and see how much cpu usage is going up.

If I had to guess directly, I say something maybe wrong with the vga drivers or cpu is spiking up to high.
Thanks for your help. I don't think it's a sound card issue as I bought a cheap sound card a while back and tried it out (when I was trying to fix BF3) and it didn't solve the problem.
On CPU usage, while I type this it's at 0% and when I open something, e.g. Steam it goes to around 25% before dropping quickly. I'm not sure how to measure if it is the CPU as when it freezes I can't do anything (and it freezes randomly).
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Also nice video I had to laugh at it at 2:46.
Its just one of those moments like this where you don't give a **** anymore and hit the machine off and look for something better.
Yep that pretty much sums it up. (Just so you know the video isn't mine.)
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I had similar cut outs due to incorrectly timed G. Skill ram, that buzzing humming noise is probably not characteristic to one problem or another tbh. I had made the mistake of leaving my ram at the default motherboards timing, and this caused quite a few freeze and black screens as well as blue screens, once I timed my ram the way it was listed on the sticks instead of auto setting through mboard, the freezes stopped, but the sticks still had inversion errors on memtest so I had to replace them.

I suppose you could check your mem timings for kicks, see if your ram is timed manually as per the CA settings on the stick, I noticed through cpuid I believe, that my ram had incorrect timing and eventually solved my issue with random freezes, I actually remember this bf video, I had viewed it aswell when I was trying to trouble shoot the issues, to compound the matter when I replaced the PSU the freezes changed quite a bit, so it had lead me to believe it wasn't Ram related, took like 1-2 years of freezing before I finally did memtest and seen there was issues, and noticed my timing I had left on the default setting for the gigabyte mboard assuming it would auto detect and render the correct settings/voltages.
Thanks for this. I'll run memtest overnight (hopefully I'll remember tonight) to check for any problems.
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