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PC freeze after running only with NIC

By Casemaker ·
A PC I have is freezing up after running for a while. I have the case cover off and it is pretty clean so I do not think heat. It only happens while there is a network card installed. I have swapped out the card with a different brand and it still freezes. I have replaced the ram with new sticks and it freezes. I have uninstalled networking components including resetting TCP/IP. Still Freeze. No set time to freezing . I will leave it running for a while and when I look again, frozen.

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HAL problems.
It sounds like a problem I had, and HAL was where I was failing. A driver with Windows system files (the ones that you see displayed if you boot into debug mode) was hinkey.

I backed up my data, whacked my hard drive and installed a slipstreamed copy of XPSP2 - no more freeze-ups.

If you have a LOT of time on your hands, you can diagnose the heck out of it, finding what registrey keys, third party applications, system files, driver settings and other info is messed up - but I think a total reinstall would be faster.

That, of course, is assuming that you really can rule out hardware failure. And make sure your motherboard and cards are on the HCL (

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by Bucky Kaufman (MCSD) In reply to

It could also be that your motherboard has a blown component somewhere on it, or that its battery is messed up.

If it fails *after* working for a few million CPU cycles, it may be that you have a clock problem - that means battery or motherboard component failure.

All of this is, of course, assuming that you're using Win2K or WinXP. Win98 was notoriously bad about the OS time and BIOS time getting out of synch.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to PC freeze after running o ...

did you run ad-aware. what os. does it do it in safe mode

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

any clues in event logs?

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by ReWrite In reply to PC freeze after running o ...

If it only freezes when the network card is installed and no other time then I would have to think that the card or drivers are the issue. Depending on the OS (you didn't mention that) and the age of the machine you might try checking the pc manufacturer for any bios updates available and the nic card manufacturer for any bios and/or driver updates. Apply all that are available and test.



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by dmiles In reply to PC freeze after running o ...

Check that you have the latest service packs installed on system.

You did not mention the graphics card,which will cause freeze-up if the drivers need updating or there is a HCL problem
Up date the drivers and see if the problem still exist.

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