I am having fairly regular freezes on my Windows 7 box. Generally it freezes running a game (I've frozen on SW:TOR, DotA2, etc.) However, it has locked up at the login screen before (once that I can remember, when it had been on for a while.)
The freeze happens and the screen stays frozen (no black/blue screen.) I will usually hear the last half second audio fragment on loop. Sometimes as it's freezing, I will be able to send out 1 second of audio if I'm in Skype or Google+ hangout.
When I shut it down and restart, it asks me how I want to boot and I tell it to boot normally. Sometimes this works. Sometimes, however, it will go to the black Windows screen with the logo... and then die.
If it dies on the black logo, a restart will tell me to run repair. Running repair then works 50% of the time. The other 50%, it will load up windows... allow me to log in... and then none of explorer will work. (I won't be able to do anything on the desktop.)
However, if I reboot a final time, it will work.
The Original Hardware
- Memory: GSKILL Ripjaw 4GB
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz
- Motherboard: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX
- Video Card: GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support
- Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
- Power Supply: Dynapower 500W
Heat doesn't seem to be a problem. The fans all work, now (one of the fans on the old power supply was broken), and I have several extra fans in the case. The video card gets warm, but not hot. The temperature on the CPU seems reasonable according to the "CoreTemp" program I have running on my desktop.
What I've done
So far, what I've tried is:
- I have updated the graphics driver and updated the motherboard's driver which involved flashing the bios. No dice.
- I replaced the RAM with new GSKILL RAM. No dice.
- I replaced the power supply with a bigger one. I was sure it was this. No dice.
- I have replaced the UPS that it was running on. No dice.
That's what I'm here for. Initial thoughts after talking to people is that perhaps the boot sector is corrupt. This means, as far as I know, probably a new hard drive and a reload?
The other thought is maybe nix the UPS altogether and just use a power strip. Or move to a different outlet.
I need advice what to check next. I'm really getting tired of this freeze happening and I'm afraid at some point the computer will just stop booting properly.