Posted 23 August 2007 - 03:58 PM
OK, let me back up a bit. Yesterday, I had installed an extra gig of RAM to attempt to improve my computer's performance. Originally, when I had added the second gig, the computer would fail at random times (The screen would freeze followed by rapid clicking or static coming from the speakers). This same problem happened again; thus, I restarted the computer...but to my surprise, the screen froze at the windows XP loading screen (the black screen with the windows logo and the scrolling blue bar below it). Surprised, I restarted again, only to find the same thing happened, at the exact same time, over and over again. So, I took out the extra gig of RAM to see if that was the problem...it was not. Same thing.
Thankfully, I was able to enter safe mode, but was unable to do anything. I tried to reload settings from previous dates: no go, still didn't work. The hard drive is working fine it seems, because I plugged it in to my father's computer as a slave drive and backed up all of my irreplaceable files. So...with that, I booted Windows from CD and completely wiped my hard drive after that. With a fresh installation, I was sure the computer would run as it should. The installation went without a hitch and I was able to fully able to install it. The trouble only began when I attempted to install my motherboard's Ethernet driver. This caused the computer to completely freeze up. I had to restart again. But...that same damned frozen screen appeared at the Windows XP Loading screen. I had also noticed that the lights for both my mouse and keyboard had turned off at the point of the freezing.
So now, I come to you knowledgable ladies and gentlemen with a plea for help. It is clear a component of some sort is at error with another, but I do not know which one. My hunch is that either the motherboard or the video card is responsible for the freezing, but I am unsure how to isolate which one is doing what (as I need the video card to plug in my monitor, the motherboard doesn't have a slot for it). So: How can I isolate what is causing the problem and how can I fix the problem?
Here are my current specifications:
ABIT KN8 SLI Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
Video Card:EVGA 256-P2-N553-AX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W Power Supply
AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 2.2GHz Socket 939 Processor Model ADA3500BPBOX
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model VS1GBKIT400
Thanks in advance.