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Lockups -- Possibly Video Related?


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#1 madman6510

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 09:05 PM

I have an old machine (dual boot between XP and Ubuntu) that I still use for basic stuff like web, word processing, etc, that's worked fairly reliably.

Until now.

Now, whenever I leave the computer and come back, when I come back it's locked up. No ctrl+alt+delete, no alt-f4, no ctrl-c, I can't even do the SysReq REISUB (which should work pretty much every single time on a Linux system, unless it KPed, which it didn't). Is this a video problem, and if it is, should I pay for a new video card, or should I just get a new system? (It's pretty much a piece of crap held together by duct tape and bubble gum).

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OS: Was a XP/Ubuntu dual boot, but now there's none.
Processor: Pentium III
RAM: 768 MB
Video card: NVIDIA 5 series (can't recall exact model)
Duct tape brand: Gorilla tape

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 09:13 PM

No error messages of any sort?

Have you checked Event Viewer?

I guess that I don't expect much of a PIII system in today's world...I'd feel fortunate that the system has been reliable for so long, but I would (if I could afford) consider a replacement system. There's lots of room for system improvement between the era of PIIIs and today's speed demons...any of those systems can certainly perform the functions/uses you seem to favor.

I'm still trying to figure out why your title...when you don't give any details that point in that direction. Many things can cause a system to lock up.

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 09:44 PM

More info: When it freezes, the screen is black, except for one time it froze, and the video was all... weird. (Kind of like some things got shifted, and the basic colors took over where they were supposed to be). That's why I think it's video.

I can't check the event viewer, because there is no Windows. :thumbsup:

I tried reinstalling, but it would freeze the installer.

Edited by madman6510, 24 May 2008 - 09:46 PM.


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 10:29 AM

Info appreciated :thumbsup:.

It could be video...it could by system/motherboard...could be a number of things, I really cannot say from here.

I would never encourage anyone to spend money on upgrading any part of a PIII system, when there are systems such as http://www.ascendtech.us/customkititems.as...DTAM2A64X238256 available, which are probably right for users who don't do unusual things on a system (game, video-editing, overclock, etc.).

If you buy a system such as the one listed above...and keep it for as long as you've maintained that PIII, you have a bargain :flowers:. And fewer worries...and a system that more of us are likely to be able to assist you in maintaining in good working order.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 02:19 PM

Thanks for the help guys. :thumbsup:

I think I'll just try to find a new one, the PIII is probably just going to break again anyways.




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