Hey guys , this would be the 2nd or 3rd time i post on bleeping computer in a few years time.. The community here always has very helpful information so i always return when something stumps me.
This very old and evidently tired setup has given me loyal service for nearly 5 years lol , i'm mostly a console gamer so never needed much power out of my PC , i do plan on building a new PC this Fall however , it's been on my to do list for awhile now and i really want to play the new Elder Scrolls on the PC but i certainly wont be doing it on this one.. So! Down to business..
PC Specs - -
OS - Windows 7 Professional
Video - EVGA GForce GTX 460
Mobo - "Ancient" BioStar A770E
Hard Drive - 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
Processor - " Very ancient " - AMD Athlon Dual Core 2.60 GHZ
Memory - 6 GB's Lexar
Mouse - Razer Abyssus
Keyboard - Steelseries Gaming Keyboard
The problem -
Just recently i decided to start playing WoW so i purchased a subscription for 30 days and hopped on , played for about 2-3 hours a night for 3 consecutive days until tuesday evening. I was sitting idle in WoW and grabbed my iphone to get it charging off of one of my USB ports plugged the phone in and continued playing , now im not sure if this is related or not but i figured its worth mentioning. About 10 - 15 minutes after i got a BSOD , for the life of me i dont remember specifics of the BSOD , always regret not paying more attention after the fact... I restarted the PC and it was getting stuck at the post boot screen , not relaying any errors just freezing at different points. Sometimes it would freeze while " Detecting primary drive " and sometimes it would freeze at " Checking NVRAM " , after about 4 tries i popped my case open and grabbed a flashlight and started inspecting the mobo , thinking maybe it was possible a capacitor or something was damaged , or something had got loose when plugging my phone in " Somehow ".. I blew everything out with some light compressed air and booted it again.. This time it got past the post boot screen and directly after it said " Please Select boot device " .. So i figured right then the Hard Drive had died on me.
Thinking maybe i could rule out other issues , i grabbed a copy of Linux from my neighbour and booted Linux off the CD.. Worked fine , and Linux was detecting the hard drive , but complaining that it was " unable to install linux to the drive due to an error "..
So in my last few ditch efforts to try and narrow down my problem i went back to the bios , still not detecting the hard drive , only showing my CD Drive and Floppy and said to myself " Alright im gonna reboot it one last time.. And see what happends.. " And for whatever godly reason it booted and asked to " Check the hard drive for consistency " and the check came back 100% fine and now it boots into windows... HOWEVER...
I have really weird issues now , for example when playing WoW.. It'll be fine for a half hour sometimes maybe more.. Then random animations will stop loading , music will get stuck in a very short continous loop , the map will only partly load , sometimes the game will freeze completely. But when it comes to browsing , or playing Heartstone its fine it doesent hang , or do anything loopy.. So do you guys think this is still the hard drive slowly dying , or could it be a short in the MOBO when plugging in the iphone from the USB Hub?
I'm leaning more toward the Hard Drive being the issue considering i dont have problems browsing , or doing light work.. but when the hard drive needs to retreive information for example when playing WoW to load spell animations , areas , music.. Is when the problems seem to come up... Just looking to see what people think cause it is annoying!! And i wouldnt mind getting this setup to last me until early fall before i start my new build as we just bought a house and i dont really have time or the money to spend on a PC right yet , so id like to repair it just so it lasts until early fall.
Sorry for the massive post i got carried away!
Edited by PCdeathvader, 15 May 2014 - 08:16 PM.