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Can't stop menacing hangups in Win XP Home

By len.piko ·
I built a new system with Intel dual processor at 2.2GHz. The ram is 4GB DD2 667Mhz. The hard drive is 250GB. The power supply is 300Watts. The motherboard mfg. is Biostar. I also installed a DVD/CDRW drive and a CD drive. Everything works fine except this system randomly hangs-up in which I have to manually shut it down to restart. I am able to get onto the Internet.
So far I have swapped out new memory,new hard drive and reinstalled Windows XP Home three times with the same result; random hang-ups.
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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You should try a BIGGER power supply here...

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to Can't stop menacing hangu ...

Get a power supply of 600 watt or above and you should be ok.

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by len.piko In reply to You should try a BIGGER p ...

Thanks for the quick response and advice. I just ordered a 650 watt pw.

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Lets know what happens when you replace the PS

by OH Smeg In reply to Can't stop menacing hangu ...

That would be my first choice here as well.

Just one thing it is Important that the Supplementary 12 V DC Power Plug is connected to the M'Board. This supplies power to the CPU and without it or the wrong type of Power Supply the system will hang randomly.

Make sure that the Power Supply you have purchased suits your M'Board.

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by len.piko In reply to Lets know what happens wh ...

This PW is for both Intel and AMD systems. Is there anything other specs. for the motherboard that I would need to know.

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by len.piko In reply to Lets know what happens wh ...

I replaced the original 300 watt PS with a 650 Watt. This system still hangs-up randomly. If you have any suggestions please let me know. Thanks.

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I should of got here sooner, would have told you 300watt is fine...

by Slayer_ In reply to Can't stop menacing hangu ...

If you are not powering something like a high end video card.


Does the system unhang? Or do you have to hard boot it?

Usually a full hang, means bad RAM, if the system randomly restarts, it's usually bad video or bad CPU.

So let's start with RAM, it IS possible to have bad ram or a bad slot, run a memtest to make sure. Try removing all but one stick, and try changing what the one stick of ram slot is used, and see if it still hangs.


Let's start with that.

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by len.piko In reply to I should of got here soon ...

Thanks for your response. I'm not using any high end video card. I have to hard boot to get it to unhang. I have two ram chips of 2gb each but since my OS is Win XP Home and not a 64 bit OS it only displays 3.25 of ram. Could the fact that I have more ram in the system that is being used cause these hangups?

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it shouldnt bother XP however

by Slayer_ In reply to Can't stop menacing hangu ...

Some third party app or service could be pissed off. Or you could have a bad slot. Either memtest or simply removing one chip and checking if it still hangs, if so, try the other, keep trying each chip in each slot.


Man this makes me wish I had more than 512 in this machine :)

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by len.piko In reply to Can't stop menacing hangu ...

I swapped both chips one at a time
in both slots. Each chip shows 1.93GB of ram. The system ran great for a while but eventually hungup. If you have any other suggestions I would appreciate them. Thanks again.

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Alright.... short of CPU related, which is bad...

by Slayer_ In reply to Can't stop menacing hangu ...

Let's see if we can make these hangups less random.


Have you noticed anything in particular that does it, are you usually doing something specific when it happens, such as browsing the net?

Does it still hang if you just boot the computer and let it sit there?

Does it still hang on a fresh install of XP before any service packs, patches, or any programs you have are installed?

If you run a Nix LiveCD does it freeze up then as well? (indicating hardware issue)

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