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PC is freezing, hardware issue.


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#1 Caspersim

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 04:29 PM

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.

 

Win7

750w PSU

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.

 

 


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 04:36 PM

This does sound like an inherent problem but that comes up too often and can be hard to figure out.  Check/replace the CMOS battery.  If the MOBO has a reset jumper arrangement, set it to factory default reset,  wait 30 seconds or short the battery points on the board to remove any residual charge.  reset the jumper and new battery   This will force the BIOS to load from the firmware chip (ROM) into the flash chip.  When the battery dies or gets low on charge, intermittent, unrelated faults and eventually a scrambled BIOS that won't do work. 



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Posted 07 May 2015 - 04:51 PM

I did also swap out and CMOS battery with another one I had lying around, changed nothing.

 

I just cleared the CMOS, booted into flashdrive and it completed the BIOS update to the lastest version! YAY

 

So now I am in Windows with barely any components installed, lets see how long it runs before it feezes.


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 05:05 PM

Check for leaking bulging capacitors I am guessing this or bad memory.



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Posted 07 May 2015 - 05:51 PM

The capacitors 'seem' to be fine, not that I an expert or anything.

 

I had the PC boot to windows, it idled for ten minutes, I started to do stuff on it and BSOD! Attached is the pic. It again seems to lead to a heat issue, that seems strange, I installed the liquid cooling on the CPU about 6 months ago and thats teh last time I fiddled with any fans or equipment.

 

I have to step out for a few hours so I thought I would let you guys have a look at it while I'm gone.

 

Thanks


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 09:12 PM

I guess it helps when I actually attach the file..

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 09:48 PM

Here is the minidump from the other day when it crashed.

 

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~ 4th US President James Madison




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