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 Post subject: Pc crashing/freezing
 Post Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:42 pm 
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My self built pc that I built back in 2009 is having some issues. This is the motherboard.. Anyway, it seems to crash after being on for several hours. I get a message from Nvidia saying that the driver has crashed and recovered. Now though it seems to be just freezing up. The mouse won't move and keyboard won't respond. Then after a minute or two it will unfreeze. Tonight it froze and wouldn't respond at all. I waited 15 minutes and pressed the reset button.

Shortly before it freezes when scrolling down on a webpage or something I get a checkered pattern before the actual picture shows. It was crashing a bit a few months back but I didn't really worry about. Now it seems worse.


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 Post subject: Re: Pc crashing/freezing
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:31 am 
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I'd check the Graphics card or PSU, I'd try a known-good PSU first.


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 Post subject: Re: Pc crashing/freezing
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:33 pm 
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You know the rules, and what does nVidia have to do with your MB?


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 Post subject: Re: Pc crashing/freezing
 Post Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:07 pm 
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Check the Event Viewer to see if there are any log entries at the times of the crashes. For example if they point to a graphics driver, then either the driver or the video card may be defective (if the driver wasn't recently upgraded or changed I'd suspect the card).

Also if you have the system configured to save minidump files upon crashing you can use BlueScreenView to view and interpret the files. Let me know what you find, Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Pc crashing/freezing
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:53 pm 
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I opened up the PC today and changed out the video card for a spare one I have. Also reseated the ram, removed the cpu heat sink, cleaned and applied new TIM, sprayed out the dust.

Everything seems to running faster now and I also haven't had any crashes or slowdowns today!.

One thing though I think I might have broke a small piece on one of the little arms on the cpu heatsink. The black part on the arm came out completely. I just put it back in though. Everything still snapped down correctly though, so I'm sure it's fine.

I just copied and pasted a generic picture I found online. So you can look and see what I mean, by the little black arms that seem to sit on/in a white plastic piece.

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Not sure if its even broken or maybe it is suppose to be removable like that?.


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 Post subject: Re: Pc crashing/freezing
 Post Posted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Glad to hear it's working well now. The snap-in retainer can be removed, but it sounds like you reinstalled it properly. Scott.


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