My pc is freezing randomly, usually within 20 minutes of startup. It freezes randomly in the BIOS, during startup, in Windows and in safemode. No recent software or hardware additions (auto-update disabled). When it freezes, even the task manager freezes. Waiting does not unfreeze. Sometimes runs ok for 30 seconds, sometimes for 30 minutes.
Older history (might be relevant):
Last year, the first IDE slot quit for my DVD burner (HP dvd740 lightscribe, DVD Writable/CD-RW Drive Model GCA-4166B, V/M: HLGCA-4166B, P/N: 5188-2472), so I replaced the burner (New Burner: LG Super Multi Drive Model: GSA-4081B, ROM VER.: A100) and moved the old burner to the second IDE slot as a slave. The original drive works in the second IDE slot. First IDE slot drive does not work for playback, but has power and is recognized in BIOS boot sequence.
Recent, relevant History:
Original hard drive tests OK using Seatools longtest: 200GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.8, Model number ST3200826AS, P/N 9Y7389-020, Firmware 3.03, Date Code 06136, Site code TK, SATA HD.(took a few tries before test completed without freezing)
Because I thought it was the hard drive initially, I bought a replacement 500GB Seagate Barracude 7200.12, Model Number ST3500418AS, P/N 9SL142-302, Firmware CC38, Date code 10402 Site Code SU, HD which beeps when connected, and is not recognized by windows or in BIOS. Tried in other SATA slot. Tried as second drive with original. Same results. Might be a dud. "Hard drive not found, unable to continue." Going to test the new HD in a friend's pc before returning it.
Was running pair of Infineon 512MB,DDR,400,CL3 RAM HYS64D64300HU-5-B B3853616 PC3200U-30330-A0 in first pair sockets and a pair of Infineon 256MB,DDR,133MHz,CL2 HYS64D32000GU-7-A 32MX64 SDRAM a3E23603 PC2100U-20330-B1 in second pair of sockets. I tried running only the 512MB pair of sticks, in first pair of sockets, then in second pair of sockets, then repeated both socket pairs with pair of 256MB sticks. Freezes in all RAM configurations.
It's a desktop, Compaq Presario SR1614X, upgraded processor to AMD Athalon 64 Bit X2 Dual Core 3800+, 1.99GHz about 3 years ago, running winXP home Version 2002 SP3. Don't know what else to list.
I am suspecting it's time for a new motherboard? Any suggestions of what/how to test to pinpoint the problem?
Update: Checked Motherboard for leaking damaged capacitors as suggested in another topic. Does anyone know if resetting Bios to sytem defaults will affect the additional DVD burner, RAM or Hard drive added aftermarket?
Edited by sartk1, 27 August 2010 - 06:32 PM.