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Computer shutting off, Freezing as well.


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#1 asparagus

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 11:42 PM

My rather old computer is acting up. It has been powering down (but not restarting) and then it started freezing today; sometimes before turning off. I know there are several Reasons this could be happening. What are most probable reasons that I should check first and How?

Here's the Rig:
939-pin) AMD Athlon64 3500+ CPU
SONY 16X DVD-ROM
SONY DWD26A DUAL FORMAT 16X DVD+/-R/+/-RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER
Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM Serial ATA 150 8MB Cache
Western Digital 500GB HD
Gigabyte GA-K8N Ultra-SLI nForce4 Ultra SLI
1024 MB (512MBx2) RAM
I replaced the power supply some time ago and don't remember what it is
Windows XP SP3

Your help is much appreciated!

Edited by asparagus, 01 February 2011 - 11:44 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:10 PM

Are you getting any error messages, BSODs?


Check the Event Viewer to see what errors are showing up at these times. Each error has a date and time.

Go to Start> Run and type in eventvwr.msc, then press Enter.

When the Event Viewer opens click on Applications in the pane on the left.

If you double click on an error a description of the error will open. I would like for you to post this description here.

Go to Start> Run and type in clipbrd.exe, then click on OK, the clipboard will open.

Highlight the description and click on the text icon, this is highlighted in red in the picture below.

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The highlighted text will now be on the clipboard. Highlight this, copy and paste this in your next post.

Have you checked your power connectors?

What is the make and model of the PSU?

What are you using for a graphic card?

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:36 PM

Here are the two last events from before it crashed:
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The description for Event ID ( 0 ) in Source ( iPod Service ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: Service started.

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The description for Event ID ( 0 ) in Source ( gusvc ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: Service stopped.

It's running a little better with the case apart so I wonder if it is overheating. It freezes more when I use google chrome but I haven't had it crash on me while using Firefox. Perhaps just coincidence.
Anyways, the GPU is a NVIDIA Geforce 7800 GT 256MB 16X PCI Express and I'll get back to you on the PSU. I'll try cleaning the heatsink on my computer as well since it looks dusty. I've had overheating problems with it in the past but it seemed like it was chugging then and now it seems to be running perfectly fine before it freezes. No BSoD ever.

Edited by asparagus, 02 February 2011 - 08:37 PM.


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Posted 02 February 2011 - 08:55 PM

Blow out the heat sink with canned air.

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