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Computer freezing w/ high pitch beep


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#1 crafty2148

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:33 AM

Ok i am having a major issue with my computer and after over a year of researching, testing, and forum posting i THINK i may have hit narrowed down but still need your help to resolve this issue.

My computer would completely lock up (had to resstart computer) when i would watch any videos. I originally thought it was only when i streamed video online but found that even watching a video on my PC it would do the same. When it would lock up, a constant high pitched beep would come from the computer speakers (not the motherboard speaker) and would not stop until i restarted the computer. I orginially thought this was a software issue, so i originally posted in the software section of this website and after much effort, testing, etc. I think we all figured it was not a software issue. I did some research online which pointed me towards a possible RAM issue. My motherboard can hold up to 3 gb of RAM. I found out that if i use PC3200 400 mhz RAM that i could only use 2 sticks instead of 3 (not sure why). So i took one of the sticks out thinking this would solve the problem. Now my computer will just randomly restart when surfing the internet (not necessarily watching video). If i just leave it on and not do anything on it, it won't restart. So now i was thinking that maybe one of the RAM sticks were bad. So i started swapping sticks to see if any of them were bad, the same thing kept happening though. I then decided to check the BIOS settings to see if maybe there was something off. The RAM was set to 400 mhz so i bumped it down to 333 mhz. When i did that, with two sticks, it goes back to freezing instead of restarting. If i am correct about this, it seems that restarting issues usually point towards a CPU overheating and freezing can typically be anything but usually is a RAM/Video card issue. I am hoping someone can shine some light on this and help me solve this annoying issue.

This is what i am running:

ASUS A7V600-x
AMD XP 3200 2.1 Ghz processor
Kingston ValueRam 3 gb PC3200 400 Mhz RAM (Currently 2 gb)
ANTEC BP550 500 watt power supply
ASUS GeFORCE 512 Mb video card
Soundblaster Gamer sound card
Windows XP

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:42 AM

freezing can typically be anything but usually is a RAM/Video card issue.

Sometimes it freeze when your Hardrive loose their connection you know.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 06:46 AM

So does that mean that my hard drive is going bad? It seems odd to me that by changing the RAM configuration i get different symptoms. With all 3 at 400 mhz i was getting freezes with the beeps, with two at 400 mhz i was getting restarts and with 2 at 333 mhz back to the freezes.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:25 AM

That high pitched beep would indicate that the power supply to the video card is not secured properly which would cause the GPU to overheat.

If you've got a modular PSU i.e. one which you can disconnect cables from, check to make sure the video connector to the PSU is properly seated. In addition, unplug the power connector(s) to the video card and then reseat them.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:28 AM

I will double check that and get back to you. Also, just to clarify, the high pitched beep is coming from the computer speakers and not the tower, which i thought was odd.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:52 AM

I will double check that and get back to you. Also, just to clarify, the high pitched beep is coming from the computer speakers and not the tower, which i thought was odd.

You could try reloading defaults in the BIOS to see if it makes any difference.

But the motherboard you've got in that machine is getting a bit old in the tooth now. For most video operations these days, you need PCI Express.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 08:12 AM

Yeah i was affaid of that. I am eventually going to build a whole new system, i am just hoping to get this fixed for the time being. I will check the power to the video card and if that seems fine i will try the BIOS. I was also going to update the BIOS but it seems the only way to do it on that motherboard is if you have the utility software that came with it, which i can't locate right now. So i might have to research online and see if i can download it somewhere.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:34 PM

Ok i looked at the video card and there is no separate power source, it is powered through the 8x AGP slot on the motherboard. I checked all power connections to the board and all seem to be secure.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:54 AM

Ok i looked at the video card and there is no separate power source, it is powered through the 8x AGP slot on the motherboard. I checked all power connections to the board and all seem to be secure.

Did you try reloading defaults in the BIOS?

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:52 AM

No i have not but i haven't really changed anything in the BIOS except for the RAM mhz. I will try it and get back to you.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:40 AM

I didn't have time yesterday to mess with the BIOS, i will work on it tonight though and repost.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:15 PM

I tried to reload the defaults in BIOS and it did not work. In fact i got a blue screen this time

Memory_Management
STOP: 0x0000001A (0x00041284, 0x01670001,0x000050E0, 0xC0503000)

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 02:42 AM

I tried to reload the defaults in BIOS and it did not work. In fact i got a blue screen this time

Memory_Management
STOP: 0x0000001A (0x00041284, 0x01670001,0x000050E0, 0xC0503000)

See: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT bug check has a value of 0x0000001A. This indicates that a severe memory management error occurred.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:36 AM

Yeah i found that on the internet last night but that information doesn't really help me at all. I don't understand what 'A PTE or the working set list is corrupted' means. Also, i have gotten this blue screen once but my computer has restarted or froze at least 50 times.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:12 AM

Yeah i found that on the internet last night but that information doesn't really help me at all. I don't understand what 'A PTE or the working set list is corrupted' means. Also, i have gotten this blue screen once but my computer has restarted or froze at least 50 times.

PTE is an acronym for "Page Table Entries". To see what role page tables play in a PC, see this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_table




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