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post #1 of 17
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I am really on my last legs here I officially don't know what else to do about the freezing. Someone please advice.

Symptoms:

  • Seemingly random freezing of system, with loud buzzing sound from speakers.
  • Happens about once a week for the past month and a half (since the pc was built)
  • No over-clocking has been done. Yet problem persists.
  • Freezing has happened most frequently while idle, sometimes during Picasa screen saver, once during Netflix play.
  • For the record, gaming is fine, temps do not go over about 55 C while playing BF3 on Ultra.
  • Passmark runs fine with no artifacts.


Attempted Remedies / Diagnostics :

  • HDD check disk (all drives);
  • Master Hard drive replacement 320GB to a 1TB drive
  • Memtest x86 ran on twice (two weeks apart) both ran for at least 6.5 hours with 6 passes and no errors or ECC errors
  • Reformatting HDD and installing new OS Win7 Pro 64bit to Windows 8 Pro 64bit
  • Setting power settings to high performance

GA-Z77X-UD3H Bios updates F18 to F19e to beta bios F19h (currently). The following attempted for each update, in various combinations. Applied on Win 7 64bit
  • Default bios options
  • Disabling c3/c6 states
  • Disabling Halt (C1E)
  • Setting CPU base clock to 100.01 , 100.10, & 101.00 MHZ
  • Setting Vcore to 1.22 V (default is about 1.095 V) actually changing vcore stopped the buzzing noise that accompanied the freezing but not the freezing itself
  • Setting CPU VTT to 1.055
  • Setting PCIE Generation to Gen3 (in Miscellaneous Options)
  • Setting Init Display First : to PEG
  • Setting RAM to 1600mhz (advertised speed) rather than 1333mhz ( default bios set speed)
  • Default bios options with various combinations of the above

I have tried the above to no avail. Please let me know if something can be done. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 17
Sounds like one of your connections is loose or something is seated improperly.
post #3 of 17
My brother had a problem like this, and it was actually a problem with one of his ram dimms on his motherboard.
I don't know if this is the same problem since memtest ran without problems, but try seating the memory in the other channels.
post #4 of 17
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Thanks for the tips. I re-sat the CPU, CPU power, and ram (in different dimm slots) and checked that everything else was snug.
In my re-seating of the CPU, I re-read the instructions on my motherboard which said to just push the heat sync pins in until a click was heard; and that turning them was only for removal.
I feel that I may have turned them the first time I installed them thinking it needed to be tight before pushing them in. Whether or not that matters I don't know, but it is certainly in correctly now. I will wait to see if that was the problem.

Edit: Also, it looks like idle temps are a few degrees lower. 33 C rather than the usual 40C
Edited by Da_Muffin - 2/5/13 at 3:55pm
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post #5 of 17
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Unfortunately, I happened again this morning. It froze again with the buzzing sound. It happened while idle playing music for about 10 min with the display off (amber light). This is where the freezing most often occurs, while idle on a screensaver. What might cause this?
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post #6 of 17
First time I hear about such issue on this motherboard.

I'd go here first and run a scan to make sure your drivers are up-to-date and that there isn't any conflict: http://www.ma-config.com/en

EDIT: checkout this thread too:
http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?p=33974015
Edited by adridu59 - 2/6/13 at 7:00am
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post #7 of 17
Might not be a bad idea to open up device manager and see if you have any drivers that aren't installed. Also, not sure if you tried switching the the ram positioning. Like instead of having it in 1&3 move it to 2&4. Had a problem like this not too long ago, (sporadic freezing) was fixed by changing ram slots.
post #8 of 17
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adridu59 -->

I have tried every option on the anandtech thread before.

I ran the ma-config tool. There were no conflicts noted, everything was green. However I could not get the bsod interpreter to work, but then again I haven't had any.

BiG StroOnZ -->

Everything in device manager has a driver and all were updated. This applies for all the test cases I mentioned above in both Win7 & Win 8.




As an extra precaution I have reseated my CPU (again), motherboard power, and switch up my ram slots once more [initially at (1,2) , then (2,4) ] they are now at (1,4)

We'll see how this goes confused.gif
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post #9 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Da_Muffin View Post

BiG StroOnZ -->

Everything in device manager has a driver and all were updated. This applies for all the test cases I mentioned above in both Win7 & Win 8.

As an extra precaution I have reseated my CPU (again), motherboard power, and switch up my ram slots once more initially at (1,2) , then (2,4) ] they are now at (1,4)

We'll see how this goes confused.gif

According to the manual the slots have to be in 1, 2 or 4, 3. Otherwise they won't be running in dual channel. So according to what you wrote above you still have them installed improperly.

That could definitely cause some problems, memory is finicky and installing the modules improperly could definitely be the issue.



Edit.
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 2/7/13 at 3:46pm
post #10 of 17
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According to the Dual Channel Configurations Table having them in (1,2) was fine (for dual channel) but, ( 2,4) and (1,4) was not. I ran them in single channel for testing purposes.

If I had them both in Channel B: (2,4) or Channel B; (1,3) . Would all the ram not be contained in one channel? And therefore be ran in single channel?

For the majority of the tests I have had them in (1,2) which is dual channel according to the manual's table and cpu-z.

Oddly enough, when I had the ram in (1,4) ; CPU-Z detected this configuration as dual Channel. Which it is...technically. But not a supported configuration by the configurations table.


All this aside; they are now in (3,4) which according to the configurations table is fine for dual channel. This is the only combination I have not tried.

I also currently have the following settings disabled bios
  • C1E
  • c3/c6 states
  • EIST
  • TurboBoost

Fingers crossed..
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