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I didnt know where else to post this so ill post it here.

Recently ive been getting random freezes, resulting in me physically restarting my computer, and these are not BSOD's.

At first, I noticed it when i get one bsod one day, no big deal, just restarted and everything was good, then I got my TV tuner card, then more BSOD's came along, and was confused. And it wasnt a regular BSOD either, because usually it just reboots the computer. This one hangs up on the screen and says something like "contact admin for assistance".

So i took out the card, and all was good for a while. But now it just freezes completely at random points. No bsod, no error's, just freezes and i then have to physically restart the system.

I have no clue whats going on nor how i would go upon fixing it. I have a feeling it has something to do with my graphics card, but im not sure.

Side note, i would boot into linux, and everything would work great. So it has something to do with windows, drivers, or hardware related. I honestly am stumbled which is why i come here for help.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 16
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Originally Posted by Emerican View Post
I didnt know where else to post this so ill post it here.

Recently ive been getting random freezes, resulting in me physically restarting my computer, and these are not BSOD's.

At first, I noticed it when i get one bsod one day, no big deal, just restarted and everything was good, then I got my TV tuner card, then more BSOD's came along, and was confused. And it wasnt a regular BSOD either, because usually it just reboots the computer. This one hangs up on the screen and says something like "contact admin for assistance".

So i took out the card, and all was good for a while. But now it just freezes completely at random points. No bsod, no error's, just freezes and i then have to physically restart the system.

I have no clue whats going on nor how i would go upon fixing it. I have a feeling it has something to do with my graphics card, but im not sure.

Side note, i would boot into linux, and everything would work great. So it has something to do with windows, drivers, or hardware related. I honestly am stumbled which is why i come here for help.

Any ideas?
I had this problem on my old motherboard. Turns out I couldn't run the RAM as high as I wanted or I would get these "freezes". Try lowering your RAM speed and use stock timings.

EDIT: And you wanna know something odd? We have the same RAM. And.. my old motherboard was an ASRock..(your current)

EDIT2: I remember I couldn't run anything 1333 or higher. It had to be lower than that speed. So I'd try a speed under that first.
Edited by iinversion - 5/6/11 at 3:50pm
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post #3 of 16
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Everything is bone stock settings, it was so frustrating earlier that i even cleared CMOS.
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post #4 of 16
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Everything is bone stock settings, it was so frustrating earlier that i even cleared CMOS.
I understand this but even stock it wouldn't work for me either. I edited my post above. Try running a RAM speed lower than 1333. Like 12xx or 11xx with stock timings. (make sure you set timings manually, not auto)
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post #5 of 16
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yeah when i cleared cmos it set everything to auto, ill take a look at that now.
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post #6 of 16
Have you tried using windows restore? It could be conflicting driver issues rather hardware.

Try using this utility.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Emerican View Post
yeah when i cleared cmos it set everything to auto, ill take a look at that now.
Just be sure to run the speed lower than 1333. Like 12xx or 11xx..

I am willing to bet running at a 12xx or 11xx speed the issue won't occur anymore. Of course with manually set timings as well.
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To me it sounds like a driver issue.Try a system restore.
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post #9 of 16
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I thought this same thing, but i just did a fresh install of windows, and got fresh drivers on anything, so i ruled out those options.
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Does it freeze in safe mode?
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