I have a system that keeps freezing after multiple attempts to fix it.
What I've done thus far:
- Reset BIOS by removing CMOS battery for 10 minutes.
- Fresh install of Windows 7 (twice)
- Booted into Ubuntu from USB thumbdrive
- Replaced HDD from Seagate 1TB to WD 1TB
The only other thing I can think of at this point is that it's something with the motherboard, CPU, or combination of both. Or, by some long shot it's the video card causing the display to freeze.
CPU: AMD FX-4300 MB : Biostar TA970 RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (4GB stick) GPU: MSI AMD Radeon 7770 r7770-PMD1GD5 HD : WD 1TB WDBH2D10HNC-NRSN (brand new)
I'm at a loss at this point. I don't really want to replace the motherboard/cpu but I am starting to think this is going to be my only option. Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated!
update: I swapped out the memory for a stick I had in another system and it ran longer than usual but still froze. I'm going to try flashing the BIOS to see if this will fix it.
update 2: I updated the BIOS and put the original memory and hard drive back in. MemTest86 passed and now I've been running prime95 to test both the CPU and RAM, MSI Kombustor to test the GPU, and SQLIO to test the filesystem. I've been running all of these concurrently for the past hour and so far so good. I've turned on the record feature of AMD System Monitor and will leave all tests besides SQLIO going all night and will be back with another update in the morning.
update 3: I was successfully able to run the system from around 12:30am to 9:30am with prime95 and Kombustor running the entire time. Recording all levels with AMD System Monitor. Looking at the csv dump there are no gaps or any indications of a freeze throughout the night. I'm now running OCCT to test the PSU just to make sure, but it seems like this is going to work. It seems like the BIOS update did the trick.
update 4: (solved) I ran the OCCT GPU DX11 test (testing GPU, CPU, PSU, and RAM) for the past hour and everything seems to be running great from the CPU to the PSU. Out of everything I tried, updating the BIOS seemed to do the trick.
update 5: After having the system run stress tests for the past 11 hours and now running MemTest86+ just to be certain, the CPU is sitting at 30° C so this can definitely out rule any heating issues.