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Hi all.
Lately I've been experiencing some technical difficulties with my other rig.
I am unsure whether it's the RAM or the HDD.

It completely freezes at random times. Can't even move the cursor and it's giving me disappointing performance as of late.
I've done scans and all of that. I'm sure it's not a virus.

Here is why I think it's the RAM:
Previously I had RAM problems. After cleaning the rig inside and all of that, I would have to reinsert the RAM and hope it would start. Sometimes it would even freeze in the BIOS. Right now it's good. I can start it whenever I want. it's only when I open it and meddle with something I would have that problem.


But on to the HDD:
One time I was defragging and it froze completely. And I heard that ticking noise in the HDD.
Now even if I shake the desk a little, it will freeze.
HD Tune says I'm healthy.

Also, in Winamp, for those who use it, you know when you add a folder, and you scroll to the section that folder was added, you have to wait for the time to register?
yeah well, I get lags when that's happening. I never used to experience that.

And when I'm erasing test, it lags a bit too.

Specs on that rig:
Processor - Athlon 7750 X2
RAM - 1x2GB ddr2 800mhz
HDD - SATA 320GB Hitachi
Main board - MSI K9A2VM F V2
GPU - EVGA GTS250 1GB

And nothing is OC'd.

TL;DR?
Help?
Edited by vinton13 - 6/21/11 at 10:01am
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Try running memtest when u boot up. Should tell u if u got errors
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Try running memtest when u boot up. Should tell u if u got errors
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Which test to run?
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Run the main test. Its usually 1-8 automatically and keeps going until u stop it. I forget what its called haven't used memtest in over a year.
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Run the main test. Its usually 1-8 automatically and keeps going until u stop it. I forget what its called haven't used memtest in over a year.
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Its usually 1-8 automatically
So should I leave it to run as it starts?
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Yeah usually a few hours is good enough. I usually let it run through 1-8 two to three times in case it doesn't catch something before.
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I'm running Memtest right now for the same reason. Hard locks w/ a stuck cursor.

This doesn't happen when my RAM is underclocked to 1333Mhz, but does when it's at it's rated 1600Mhz. What about you? Have you seen if ddr2 667 doesn't lock up?
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post #9 of 12
It could be your psu as well i have seen bad power supplies do some really weird things. if after you test the mem and its fine then see about another psu.
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AMD platform has a tough time reaching 1600 on oc'd settings. 1333 with tighter timings works just as well, if not marginally worse. Some kits are just like that.
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