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Computer locks up upon login on XP and Ubuntu


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#1 Ymmot22

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 01:16 PM

Hello, I have quite a serious problem. My computer locks up, normally upon login, on both XP and Ubuntu. Typically I'll start up, log into Windows, wait 5-10 seconds, then it will freeze, sometimes accompanied by 2 beeps. Sometimes, by switching the RAM slots around, I can make it last 30 minutes to an hour before it freezes.

Things I've tried-
-Buying a new stick of RAM- Worked for a little while, then froze up again.
-Putting in both the old and new stick of RAM in (4GB in all)- Again, worked for a while before freezing up. I previously was running on only 2GB, but I could play demanding games like Starcraft 2 just fine.
-Switching the RAM slots around- All of the RAM slots have worked at some point, then failed. I don't have one slot that always is guaranteed to work, or one that is always guaranteed to fail.
-Running memtest86- Ran it for 36 hours with no errors.

So I'm assuming it's a problem with my RAM slots. I have a Gigabyte MA78GM-US2H motherboard, and I can't find much info about it online, nor can I find anyone who is having these same problems. I would be glad to find more info, just ask in the thread. Thanks.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 02:13 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Whats the make/model of the system?
Since it locks in both Windows and Ubuntu you have eliminated the OS.

Im thinking hard drive. Pop the case & see what brand it is then run the mfgrs hard drive diagnostics

You might want to backup your stuff asap just in case
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Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:19 PM

Look in the Event Viewer to see what errors are appearing at the time that this is happening. Each error will have a date and time. Look for the errors that are repeated the most. If you double click on the error a box will open with a description of the error and the event ID. Please post the ID.

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Posted 28 January 2011 - 09:28 PM

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