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Old 08-30-2008, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to solve a problem with one of my Co-Workers computers. It is a Dell Dimension 4600. The problem is the computer will run for about 5 minutes then it will freeze and sometimes it will reboot as well. The hard drive has been formatted and the OS has just been reinstalled, so I think this might be a hardware issue. I'm thinking it is going to need a new hard drive, but I wanted to ask for your assistance before I tell him it needs a hard drive, by the way I ran a disk check and it checked out fine, but I don't know if that necessarily means the hard drive is good. Any help would be appreciated.

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Pentium 4 2.8GHz
MB RAM 768
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Nvidia 6600 Graphics
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Run MemTest86. Are you sure it doesnt overheat?
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Sounds like a heat issue with ur cpu either from a stuck cpu fan or there could just be a build up of hair etc in the inlet for the cpu fan, download the cpu monitor from CPUID and check the temperature. It should be somewhere around 45 degrees Celsius.

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Run MemTest86. Are you sure it doesnt overheat?
I haven't tried MemTest yet, but I will try that as well. I have not noticed too much heat and the computer is fairly clean. All the fans are working and sound stable.
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Mostly this symptom happens in heat issue. Looking at the event log will give some clue
about software/hardware failures. I would run a memcheck, cleanup my fans and apply some silver compound. It could be a virus too.

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Thanks for your replies. The graphics card was the problem.
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