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You may have noticed I've been off for awhile, here's why.

Everything was working fine. I had not installed any new programs or downloaded anything and everything was normal. I go to launch a game on Steam only to notice the whole computer has frozen. It almost never does this but I don't think much of it. I do a hard reboot. After logging into Windows. My desktop refuses to load. It only loads the taskbar. I leave it this way for a few minutes until doing another hard reboot. This time it won't go past the Welcome screen and freezes. I boot it into safe mode and try to do a system restore but it freezes again forcing me to do a hard reboot during a recovery (not good). Now the computer wont even boot into safe mode, it just gets stuck on the Welcome screen. I do a destructive recovery after and now everything is working fine.

tl;dr Everything was working fine, computer froze, wouldn't boot normally or safe mode, destructive recovery fixed it.


My hard drive is staying cool and it hasn't made any weird noises and it has worked fine since then, this was a few weeks ago. Should I be worried
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It sounds to me like possible ram issue. but to be honest, you won't know until you run some tests. Try running memtest (DOS) and see if you get errors.

Faulty ram can happen suddenly, and can cause a wide range of issues. Just a few months back, a friend with an integrated video AMD board was getting checkered screen issues, but the computer would boot into safe mode. I assumed it was a video issue, then finally ran memtest. It turned out that one stick was bad and started erroring out right away during testing.

Ram issue comes to mind because of the freezing and issues loading the OS.

Then again, it could be corrupt OS system files.
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run a chkdsk on it to be sure.

use checkdsk /r, it'll do the usual fixes and also repair bad sectors if they exist.

EDIT: I agree with the above post though, that's the more likely culprit.
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I recommend making a bootable USB and copying Memtest (DOS version) to the drive. Then boot off the USB and at c: prompt type MT420
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1. First download the USB Boot drive creator "HPUSBFW"
2. Then download the boot files and extract them to a folder of your choice

3. Run the HPUSBFW program (I run in compatibility mode in Windows 7 x64 without issue).



Select the correct USB device from the drop-down menu, set file system to FAT32 and check Create a DOS startup disk.

4. Then browse for the extracted boot files (now in the folder of your choice... In the example, the files were extracted to a folder on my desktop called dosw98) and press start to begin formating it.

5. Once the device is done, Copy Memtest V4.20.exe to the USB drive

6. At the C: type MT420 and hit enter

7. memtest will begin running. if there are any errors, they will show up in red.

Edited by ericeod - 10/27/11 at 12:07am
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A noob question but running memtest do you have to insert and test 1 RAM at a time or can you have all 4 slots filled and it will check each ram on every slot and tell you exactly which slot has a faulty ram or errors?
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Originally Posted by harryt View Post
A noob question but running memtest do you have to insert and test 1 RAM at a time or can you have all 4 slots filled and it will check each ram on every slot and tell you exactly which slot has a faulty ram or errors?
Its a pain, but you will have to check which stick is the issue. For example. if you suspect bad ram, run memtest with all sticks. If there are errors, run the test with one stick in at a time. if you suspect a bad dimm slot, test with a known good working stick in each dimm slot.
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