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Wes J
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 - 9:10 am:   

For the last 6 months my computer has had this strange issue with locking up on me for no reason. It started sometime after i burnt out an AMD DURON 950 chip on my crappy ECS K7S5A motherboard. Once that happened, i went out and purchased a new AMD XP 1600+ chip, and i had strange locking up errors.

My computer will randomly freeze, lockign up everything, including the mouse. When my system locks up, there is a loud click sound that comes out of my speakers (attached to my built in sound card).

At first i figured it was my power supply (250 Watts) so i went out and bought a 350 Watt power supply. But i still got the same problem. THen poeple tolsd me it could be because of heat, so after a few tests, i discovered my CPU ran at 30C, so heat was not an issue. (i also bought a new copper heat sink/fan and new thermal paste).

After i got irritated that my computer wouldnt work, i set the speed to 1.1 GIGs (system bus speed=100, clock speed=100, the only thing other then 133MHX that my motherboard supoports), and the system has no problems.

What could be causing my problem? shoudl i go out and buy a new motherboard? is something overheating? maybe crappy ram? im at a loss here
thanks for taking the time to read this
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2002 - 1:08 pm:   

it's possible that you burnt the board out as well as the chip. you may have to buy a new motherboard. had the same thing happen to me. with such sensative electronics nowadays, it's all to easy to burn one part out, just to have a chain reaction.
Ben Ace
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2002 - 8:44 pm:   

About a month ago my computer just all of a sudden just started freezing up right after boot up. It would boot up normaly and appear to be running fine but if you would try to do anything it would slowly but surely lock up and completly freeze. The only thing left to do was to reboot and let the same thing happen all over again. I reformatted the hd and reinstalled the operating system but the only thing that did was help to slow down the locking up process. But surely and eventually it would definetly freeze up. My only guess is the motherboard. And i'm not a hardware expert but please help me. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thx
v (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2002 - 6:23 am:   

What kind of setup do you have? What OS are you using? Do you recall if any changes were made before the problem began happening? What IRQ's are your hardware using? Have you tried updating drivers?

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