so 2 days ago, my computer randomly shut down and restarted on me. so i was like "wtf was that?" then ever since that time my computer would randomly freeze. i have to press the power button to shut it off because ctrl+alt+delete wont work. first i thought it was overheating so i took my case off and cleaned out my computer from dust and such. then i realized that my PSU fan wasnt working. it has 2 fans but only 1 of them is working. but it didnt feel hot to the touch. the one that's working is the one that's "inside" the computer and the one that's not working is the one right next to the power cord.
im not sure what's causing the random freezes. i ran malwarebyte and avg several times and nothing unusual came up. when i say randomly freeze it would sometimes last less than 10 mins after start up or sometimes happen after an hour.
a few times earlier, when it froze it would make a loud beeeeeeeeep sound until i restarted it. but now it doesnt make any sound it just freezes. i have no idea what's causing it so... i need help.
when it freezes, i can still move the mouse and i can click on desktop icons and open them. but i cant get the task bar on bottom to show up and right clicking would show the options but nothing would work when i click. when i open stuff on desktop, the window it self would freeze. kinda hard to explain clearly.
i've had this desktop over 5 years with no upgrade at all (windows xp)>< but this is the first time this ever happened so im a bit lost.
it's definitely not a software prob i dont think. it would freeze whether im just surfing internet, listening to just music, or watching a video.
i just talked to my friend who knows computers and he said that PSU usually should still work with one fan only. and if PSU overheats or something then the computer would just power down but in my case the computer still has power and everything works but it just freezes so he said it might be a virus... he told me to back up my files and reformat my computer. do you think this would help?? or does it sound more like a hardware problem??
another thing is ram but i've had this computer for awhile and ram was never a prob for me. i dont run many programs at once nor do i run any heavy operating programs. so i doubt ram could cause this. but correct me if im wrong.
and i tried system restore to a march 25, 2009 because that's way before it started freezing up but it didnt help.
thank you for anyone who can help me!! and woot! it didnt freeze while i wrote this post!!! hurraay!
Edited by onepie, 02 April 2009 - 10:34 PM.