Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:46 AM
A few months ago, (4-6?) my dad's work PC started to freeze after being turned on for a few minutes. It wasn't like a program stopped responding, or Windows stopped responding, and it didn't happen instantly. After a few minutes, everything would gradually stop processing; if files were being transferred, it would just stop transferring the files, and it would look like it was stuck on a file. Then after a bit, that window would stop responding, with the hourglass icon. The mouse would still be responsive, and other graphical elements would work, such as the "hidden icons" button on the bottom right of the taskbar, it would get the border if you placed the mouse over the icon, but it would get stuck, and soon the mouse would stop responding. Within about 20-45 seconds of the first window that stopped responding, everything else will have gradually stopped. It's like the computer is working, but nothing is being processed anymore, such as keystrokes/input, or data transfer.
I don't know what fixed it, but it went away after about a week.
Starting today, the exact same thing is happening. I would start windows, log in, open firefox, and by the time it was open, or opening, the PC would freeze. When I restarted, it would stay stuck at the Motherboard logo screen for minutes, or indefinitely. I would have to restart it a few times and get lucky for it to move on, or leave the PC unplugged for a minute or so, etc. But it would soon happen again once I got into Windows.
I burnt the Western Digital Diagnostics iso to a disk from a different PC, and tried to test the hard drive, but it would either time out half way through the 5 minute test, or give an error saying that there isn't an HD installed. I went to Best Buy for an SATA cable to test the cable before I resulted to getting another HD (I figured it was the HD that was going out, after some google research). They had no SATA cables for sale, so I ended up just getting a new HD. I plugged that in, and was able to completely install Windows XP and get that running for about 20-30 minutes when it happened again. I plugged in the original hard drive after Windows was installed to see if I could access it, which I could, so I figured I could copy what I needed from it before it went out. I thought it was fixed since it hadn't froze for all the time it took to install Windows, but about 20 minutes after I had copied what I needed from the original hard drive, it froze again. This was very upsetting, as I thought I fixed it =(, and now I'm stumped!
Here are my specs:
OS: Windows XP Pro - SP2
CPU: AMD Athlon 3800+ X2 (Socket AM2?)
RAM: Corsair DDR2-800 RAM (not sure model)
Orig. HD: Western Digital 640gb Caviar Blue SATA HD
New HD: Seagate 1tb Barracuda SATA HD
Mobo: KN3-SLI2 Extreme
-Ran WD Diagnostic on original hard drive (multiple times, all timed out or couldn't read HD)
-Installed new SATA drive, with new SATA cable and new power cable.
-Installed Windows XP Pro - SP2 (without internet connectivity)
If at all possible, I need to have this PC running by Monday for my dad to be able to work, so hopefully it's not major hardware going out. Thanks in advance, and thanks for taking the time to read!