Computer Freezes Intermittently

By Booker30 ·
My computer has been freezing intermittently for the past few months and I have finally found the time to fix it, but I have hit a dead end. I thought it was Vista, so I decided to migrate back to Windows XP. I slapped in a new harddrive to load a fresh installation of XP, but I can't finish the job because the computer will freeze before XP loads. (Freezes at different spots.)

So, I know that:
1. It ain't a VISTA problem
2. Can't be malware, as I am using a virgin HD.
3. So it must be HW.

I ran MemTest86+ for 12 hours and had no errors, so it seems that it isn't a memory problem.

The computer would freeze at different times. Some days, I wouldn't have any problems, others I would have to reboot two or three times.

My HW:
MOBO: ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi (Wifi turned off)
ASUS EN8800GTS Video Card
Intel E8400 CPU
Plus another 2GB of SDRAM, can't remember brand
One sony and one samsung DVD r/w drives
MS mouse (USB) and PS2 keyboard. (Had wireless logitech keyboard before baby snapped off wireless receiver and that made no difference to the freezes)

Now that I did the easy stuff, what steps should I do to fix the problem?



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Your power suppy unit (PSU) might be going....

Have you tested another power supply unit?
If not then get another one, it just might cure your problem.

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I would also...

by ---TK--- In reply to Your power suppy unit (PS ...

try removing one stick of ram... eventhough it passed the test... they might be conflicting. I would also look in to what is "stable" timing (for the RAM) and double check the settings in the BIOS.

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