My ASUS Essentio Series desktop has been having some strange freezes lately, and it has me baffled. The first crash came while I was watching YouTube on Google Chrome, and had Team Fortress 2 running in the background, on the main menu while I looked something up. The computer froze and became apparent immediately, as there were several multi-colored bars on the screen (Photo has been attached, see below).
The second time, happened while I was playing Team Fortress 2 actively, about 30 minutes in, with the same bars, though the colors may have changed, I'm not sure. I had Google Chrome open in the background, though no videos from YouTube had been running at the time. Now whenever I turn on my computer, it will usually freeze within 2-10 minutes which is much shorter than when it first started 2 days ago. However, the strangest part is that the colored bars no longer show up after the second time it happened. The whole screen completely freezes, in which even the cursor will not reply to input.
I read online about how people had suggested updating drivers, so I tried launching in safe mode, which seemed to have worked, though I couldn't really test the graphics card as I couldn't exactly run anything to test my graphics card as Minecraft wouldn't run with the safe mode drivers, and I couldn't get on Steam. Regardless, the computer stayed working, so I chalked it up to drivers.
After a quick trip to Windows Device Manager I discovered I already had the most up to date drivers, so I just uninstalled them (after creating a restore point) and then rebooted in crappy base driver quality. When I went to reinstall them, it said it was already installed, and just needed to reboot again, which I complied thinking it was just automatic, and had my old resolution back. However, it froze again about a minute after starting Steam, though I had started it pretty much right away.
Frustrated that it was not drivers, I restarted in Safe Mode with Networking and hopped onto another computer nearby to type this. When I went back to the other computer a few minutes later, I had found it once again froze, though this time on the login screen. Thus this leaves me pretty certain I must work under the case on this one.
My PC is an ASUS Essentio CM5570 desktop. I've had some troubles with this before, which lead me to replace our HDD about 3-5 months ago due to corruption. We've had this computer about 2 years, and it's used mostly for gaming, especially now in which it usually accumulates 11 hours a day between all of the users. the full specs can be found *here*, as I'm not sure what would be vital for you to know. Just note that the HDD has been replaced by a 1TB Seagate Barracuda, and has been running fine.
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EDIT: After running Safe Mode w/ Networking again, it crashed and flipped to a BSOD before rebooting. I think the message was something like "page_fault_in_nonpaged_area", or at least after googling what I could remember, that seemed right. I tried again in SMw/N and it ran for 10 minutes before freezing with no BSOD.
After ANOTHER reboot, the "ASUS" screen in the BIOS looked all screwy, like it was scrolling endlessly and had artifacts perhaps all over. It froze there and I shut it off, mostly due to me being scared. Pic is below.
Edited by Warped55, 13 July 2011 - 04:30 PM.