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Hey everyone, it's time to troubleshoot again. (sigh, don't you just love computers)

This is a weird one that I suspect will be hard to track down.

It started a few nights ago. Was playing WoW and I got a hard lock. Thought nothing of it at the time. I hadn't played WoW in awhile so I thought maybe that was it. Went to bed that night, woke up and my computer wouldn't "wake up". I put it in quotes because I have sleep turned off. All that happens is my hard drive turns off after 60 mins of inactivity and my monitor turns off (but I turn it off anyway).

So yesterday I ran Memtest86+ for over 8 hours (11 runs) with NO errors. I did a few smaller tests like Linx for 20 runs using full ram, Prime95 for an hour and even furmark and some distributed computing on the GPU for awhile to see if I could make it happen, nothing.

After that I played some BFBC2 for about an hour or so. No crashes or anything. So i watch an episode of TV and went to bed. Woke up today, again it's locked up. The keyboard and mouse lights are off. What I thought was weird was the NIC light was on and the activity was going nuts.

Any ideas on what else I can try to isolate it?

Oh, the times between me leaving it and it freezing doesn't seem to be constant either. The first time it was only an hour or so. Last night it was 6 hours or so. I will check again tonight.

EDIT: Event viewer shows nothing but the problems when I restart saying it didn't shut down properly. Nothing before then except the time it shut down. No log entries around that time either...
Edited by xBlitzerx - 6/19/11 at 11:41am
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post #2 of 10
Corrupted OS? Viruses? Bad Power Supply?
    
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PSU is one thing I was thinking about. Was hoping to hear from someone else that has had a similar issue to reply. (lock up while idle).

I am running virus scans right now. (Malware bytes, Superantispyware and Combofix)

I was going to do a format/reinstall. But I was told by a guy at work that usually hard locks are something very wrong. If it was a bad OS, it would be BSODs.
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MBAM, SAS and Combofix didn't find anything.
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Did you recently install new drivers?
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The only thing I've installed recently is a Logitech USB headset. But it was installed at least 4-5 days or more before the first lock up.
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post #7 of 10
But this doesn`t do any harm
Just saw you use only 1,165v for your CPU?!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.Eiht View Post
But this doesn`t do any harm
Just saw you use only 1,165v for your CPU?!
Yessir.
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Well it was locked up when I came home from work. I went into safe mode before going to sleep. It did NOT lock up in safe mode. Looks like a reinstall is in order?

EDIT: Or is it possible it's still the CPU/Mobo/Videocard/PSU and safe mode just didn't "use" it enough to cause the freeze?
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The issue seems to have been the Logitech USB headset I recently bought. I had a weird restart involving usbsomthingorother.sys. I ended up trying a system restore which had to restart the system. After POSTing, it said Windows couldn't start and I had to do a repair. After that it said it could not fix the issue and would shut down. I booted it back up and it went into windows fine. Hasn't locked up since. Very strange...

There goes $40 since I can't use the headset.
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