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PC freezes constantly, have manually restart every time

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#1 geetarzan69


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 12:23 PM

Ok so, I built this computer very many years ago. It was in storage for a while so it was giving me these same problems a few years ago, but since I'm using it regularly again, thinking I should try and see what the problem is and fix it - with your help clear.png

Intel D865 PERLL motherboard, P4 2.4 ghz processor, 2GB OCZ ram, WD 160GB SATA, ATI All-In-Wonder Pro.

I mainly use this computer for multi track recording with my MOTU2408, but now I can't use it for much of anything.
I'll start it up, open a project, start editing or recording, and all of a sudden it will freeze. If audio is playing, it'll emit a digital humm forever until I manually restart my PC. Most times, as well, it will freeze while re sizing a window, any window, very annoying.
At first I thought it was the hard drive failing because it was very old. So I took one of my old SATA drives that I hadn't used in a while, and re formatted it, and it was running super smooth for a couple weeks, then started doing the exact same thing. No idea what could be causing this freezing. I was also thinking faulty RAM? I know it's definitely time for a new beast, but in the meantime, I'd love to see if I can fix this old beast, since I have some high end projects on the go and using my laptop will take forever (without my main recording interface)
Any help/advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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#2 jhayz


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Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:05 AM

If the RAM sticks were all cleared by swapping or running memtest, the next step would be a good known PSU.


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Posted 30 November 2013 - 11:13 PM

RAM would also be my first suspect. Have you tried taking an air can and blowing out the dust from the fans and components? It could be that while it was in storage it accumulated dust around the motors.

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