I built one of my computers years ago. Since then I have built myself a new computer and gave my old one to my son. The old computer has run decently up until now. Suddenly it started freezing up almost immediately after starting windows. I tried working on it but time and time again it kept freezing thus making it impossible to work on. So I decided to reinstall windows. I completely formated the hard drive and proceeded to install windows. During the finalization of the install of windows it started freezing again. So I figure it must be a bad piece of hardware. Does anyone have any idea what could have gone bad, or have any ideas of what I can do to fix it?
Thanks for your help
I had this exact problem happen to me a couple of years ago. When I took it to the shop, the answer that came back was a bad motherboard. One thing to do would be, if you can boot into windows at all and play a video or sound clip on repeat and wait for the problem to occur. If the sound freezes or starts skipping like a scratched CD, you can probably rule out the graphic hardware. After that, if you're comfortable, you could burn yourself a bootable Linux DVD and start it in the affected machine. If the problem occurs there as well, you can pretty safely rule out a bad hard disk. Another thing to do is to boot into Windows safe mode, just to see what happens there, but it's unlikely to be Windows itself causing the issue since you said you did a fresh install.
Edited by Briany, 01 December 2013 - 07:54 PM.