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Mostly restarting sometimes freezing

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#1 TheMcCumbers


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:36 PM

I'll try to be as through as possible but I'm sure I'll forget something. I don't even really know where to start.

My desktop was randomly restarting for a long time. Re-installed windows XP, new hard drive, new memory, new power supply, new fan and thermal paste for CPU, even new DVD drive and nothing fixed it. Seems to pretty much only do it when I am watching videos online. It used to shutdown and all i got was a No Signal message on my TV I'm using as a monitor. However all my fans were running almost like there was no video signal. I took out my video card and switched to the on-board video, still restarts but no more No Signal message. The weirdest part of all this is I can watch movies all day off of my external drive with no problems, seems to only be while online. I typically use Chrome but tried IE to see if it was that but still no luck.

Quick system run-down just in case:
Intel P4 3.0Ghz HT
Intel D865GBF board
2.5 GB RAM in dual channel (1 1GB and 1 256MB stick per channel)
Nvidia GeForce 5200 256MB video card

Not sure what else to put. If anyone has ANY ideas on something to try it would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by TheMcCumbers, 08 November 2012 - 04:38 PM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:42 AM

<<2.5 GB RAM in dual channel (1 1GB and 1 256MB stick per channel)>>

I've always been under the impression that dual-channel mode requires identically matched RAM modules.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-channel_memory_architecture , see Operation.

In turn...that stirs the possibility of incompatible RAM, IMO.

The era of 80GB hard drives has long since passed...so there might also be an aging factor that is the source of your problems, IMO. You say that the hard drive is "new"...purchased when and was it refurbished or brand new?

Time to gather some system info :).

Please download MiniToolBox , save it to your desktop and run it.

Checkmark the following checkboxes:
List last 10 Event Viewer log
List Installed Programs
List Users, Partitions and Memory size.

Click Go and paste the content into your next post.

Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 .


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