I have a home build that is not new. But for some reason in the last few weeks it has been locking up in random places. Sometimes in a game, sometimes on the desktop, etc. The mouse wont move, keyboard doesn't function, and only a hard reset will power it down. It started to get more and more frequent to the point of locking up in the BIOS menu after only a couple of minutes there and a couple times it locked up within the first few seconds of loading the BIOS.
It crashed did give a BSOD error code 0x116 (only once) which seemed to point to a hardware issue. So I started to play process of elimination.
I swapped out the GPU. Still froze.
I swapped out HDD's. Still froze.
I swapped out all the RAM DIMMS and move the slots. Still froze.
I removed, cleaned, and reinstalled the CPU with fresh themal paste.
Unfortunately, I do not have another CPU to throw in, but it seems either that or a MOBO issue.
I thought maybe it was heat issues but for the time I was able to spend in the BIOS, and when I was able to boot, showed normal temperatures for both the MOBO and CPU. I have the CPU under liquid cooling so it was >30C, MOBO seem to float around 32C.
Flash the BIOS I decide... this is where the real bleep happens. Of course while I am flashing the PC freezes... so now I cannot boot to the BIOS and I am attempting to flash the BIOS from a FAT32 flash drive booted but everytime I start the process it freezes! omg
I am not sure if anyone may have any ideas that I havent tried yet... I would at the least be able to flash the BIOS to even start the repair process...
I bought the CPU and MOBO late 2013.
The CPU and RAM have been OC'd (4.4gh) most of that time.
ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe/ Gen 3
I7 3.4 ghz (can't remember the model)
16gb Ripjaw ram
Thanks for any ideas. Let me know if you need more info.