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By Michael34 ·
My problem is this. I have a AMD Athlon 1.0 GHZ, 768 MB of ram and here resently within the past 4 months I have had nothing but problems with it. It seams like it locks up more than ever for just no reason. If I leave it on for a night or something it seams like it locks up by the next morning its just getting to the point where anything I do it locks up. What could be causing this? I formatted several times and reinstalled windows 2000 Pro using different CD's and still it does it so I am at a loss. Occasionally what it will do is for no reason it will lock up and the CD rom light will come on so will the hard drive light then nothing else works, the other CD rom will not eject or anything but other times it just locks up normally and I have to reset it. Any idea's?

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by Michael34 In reply to Lock Ups

Here is a summary of my system taken by dxdiag
http://www.dothacksign.info/DxDiag.txt

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by whylegends In reply to Lock Ups

Ive used windows 2k lots of times before somthing is interfearing with the background programs see which programs are running and take off the ones not needed.. I upgraded two windows xp and had no problem with lock up and such.or try defragmenting....

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by Michael34 In reply to

I am not sure that is what it is. I really have not done anything different with it (actually I was running XP for about 2 hours on it then I went back to 2000 because of security issues) so I don't think XP would make a difference.

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by TheChas In reply to Lock Ups

If I am reading your driver information correctly, you are using the default drivers for both the motherboard and your video card.

With DirectX 9, you NEED to update both the AGP driver for the chip-set, and the video card driver.

Start with the latest Hyperion driver pack from VIA:

http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=403

Then, download and install the latest N-Force driver from Nvidia

http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

It would not hurt to check if Creative has a driver update or patch for W2K / DX9.

That should take care of the lockups.

Chas

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by Michael34 In reply to

Okay I did the update so we will see what happends. The only thing I am wondering though is if it was the drivers I would have though it would have caused the same issue. Could the hard drive possibly be causing this? I am trying to troubleshoot this issue right now so I am leaning on RAM, The Hard Drive, The Video Card or The System board.

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by JediMaster2003 In reply to Lock Ups

I've seen this before when a MB has bad memory, or incompatible ones. I would download a memory checker from the web (free download and fits into a floppy disk, do a google search for memeory tester.) and test your installed memory. Other steps to consider;

1. take out the CD drives floppy's and so on until you just have the hard drive that is connected to the system.
2. boot up and leave it on for a day and see if it locks up. If it does, then its your MB. (could be bad power supply, or cpu over heating.) I would lean on the bad memory. Hope this helps.

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by Michael34 In reply to

Yea see I was leaning on that as well only because it don't seam to do it in a pattern. I am using two ram sticks one being 256 and the other being 512 and since it seams to only do it every day or so when I am doing stuff or defraging I am thinking perhaps it is a memory one. Do you know a site for a good memory tester?

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by TheChas In reply to Lock Ups

Video driver related issues are the number one cause of lockups on Windows systems.

With your specific system, the next thing I would check would be the CPU fan.

Athlon CPUs run very hot. If the heat-sink is covered with dust, or the bearings in the fan are starting to fail, the CPU could be over-heating.

It is also possible that your CPU fan is generating noise pulses either on the RPM monitor line, or causing noise on the power lead.
This can cause some motherboards to have problems.

My point, if in doubt, change the CPU fan.

A decent motherboard monitor can be downloaded here:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/mbm.html

You asked about memory testing.
Try this one:

http://www.memtest86.com/

Or others from this list:

http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/system/fwmemory.html

If you had not stated that you have cleanly installed Windows several times, I might suspect spy-ware or other mal-ware applications causing problems.

The only other thing that comes to mind, is a memory leak. Still, a clean install of Windows should preclude that as the problem.

Chas

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by Michael34 In reply to

Downloaded that and it shows all my memory is okay. I even went out and bought new memory which tested okay so I am stumped.

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by CG IT In reply to Lock Ups

The Chas's advice is sound , as always, and his point on drivers causing a lockup should be well headed. # 1 cause of problems is drivers. I could got to creative labs site and use their automatic driver update service. Runs like Windows Update and will see if a new version is available.

I'll add to The Chas's recommendation in that update your sound drivers and/or take out sound and run your computer normally and see if it locks up. My $$s on sound card.

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