I’m really struggling with a computer problem, and I’m hoping the fine folks who read this forum might be able to offer some help.
About a week ago, my computer started locking up on me at random times. It would just freeze – the cursor would no longer move, and the keyboard did nothing. The hard drive light did not blink at all once this happened, so the computer appeared to be totally frozen. I waited 10 minutes one time when this happened, but nothing.
Other times, it would freeze for about 5 seconds and then start working again. 75% of the time it would not start working again, but 25% it would after 5 seconds. Once or twice the screen went blank for a few seconds, and then it came back, saying there was an error with the video driver.
I have had this computer for 2 years, the entire time running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, and it’s worked fine. I haven’t made a change to the hardware in about a year.
The only thing I did update recently was the nvidia video driver. Once the problems started happening, I rolled back to the previous driver I had been using, but that didn’t solve the problem.
I tried all kinds of things:
- can CCleaner to repair any potential registry issues
- ran various virus and spyware scanners, and the computer came up clean
- did a CLEAN install of the latest nvidia driver
- ran memtest for 8 hours, and it found no errors
- ran in Windows safe mode for a couple days, and there were no freeze ups
- installed Ubuntu on my machine, and ran that for a couple of days. Although it ran really slowly, there were no freeze ups.
No matter what I tried, the problem persisted, so I figured it was so kind of corruption in Windows somewhere, so I wiped the hard drive and did a fresh install of Windows.
As I was starting to reinstall my programs, the freeze happened again, and it stayed frozen. I waited a couple of minutes, but it did not come back. So, clearly a fresh install of Windows didn’t solve the problem. I have no idea what to do at this point. If anyone here has any ideas, I’m all ears.
Here are my specs:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3
Processor: 3.2ghz AMD Phenom II X4 955
RAM: 4 GB
Video card: nvidia Geforce GTX 550 Ti
If there is any other information I can provide, please let me know.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.