Posted 19 March 2010 - 10:43 PM
Hello, I've been having a problem for as long as I can remember. Whenever I start up my computer, it freezes at a black screen with my gpu fan running at its highest. After maybe 4 or 5 restarts, it finally opens into window. This has been going on for quite some time, but recently my computer has been crashing a lot. There are sudden restarts, blue screens, and freezes with distorted sounds. I want to perform a system restore, but I don't think that is the problem. I am also pretty sure that heat is not the issue either. I have cleaned out my whole computer and even added a couple fans to help cooling. I think the problem is with my hard drive which becomes silent when I have random freezes.
I am running an hp desktop with dual monitors on a geforce 9600 GT graphics card, a second 650g hard disk, and an AMD athlon x2 processor running Windows Vista Home Premium. The computer is all stock except for the psu, graphics card, and second hard disk.
I am very tempted to buy a completely new hard disk and install a brand new OS on it instead of having to back up all my files. If I do so, will there be a way to access the information with windows vista already installed?
If anyone could help me with my problem it'd be great. I've also noticed that i crash/freeze almost always when I have youtube open with google chrome and my computer glitches while playing only warcraft 3. I haven't seen any problems while playing other games with better graphics.
I decided to unplug all my wires and graphics card and dust my computer. It is no longer having crashing problems, but I can not get my computer to recognize the graphics card. It is a nvidia 9600GT. I have disabled the onboard graphics card as well as changed the bios to use the PCI-E slot. I also installed the drivers that i downloaded off nvidias website because i don't have the physical cd. if anyone could help, it'd be great. Thanks.