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post #1 of 7
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Hey OCN.

Guess I need help from the pros after all. My cousin's got an AMD Sempron single core processor, a 500GB HDD, I'd say, not sure about it and a gigabyte mobo. The problem with his PC is that, even after formatting for mutiple times, it hangs up. No matter what, Tried alternating between WinXP and Win7. Still the same. Is it due to the processor not being able to handle the pressure or the HDD corrupting itself? Or software error? Any help?


Thanks.
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How much RAM?
What kind of PSU? (I'm half expecting the cheapest one he could ever find is in there).
Is there any particular task that correlates with the lockups, such as the system being on a high level of load?

What exactly happens when it 'hangs up'? Is there a solid disk light where the HDD would be either swapping to pagefile or waiting/erroring out, or is is more of a the mouse and everything also hard locks for an indefinite period of time?

Moving to a less likely scenario, are there any other pieces of hardware in the PC that may cause a conflict? Some expansion cards don't play well with some chipsets.

Starting from a baseline I'd probably run memtest86+ and see if you get any errors or similar locks.
post #3 of 7
On top of what beers said, I would also run the free version of HDTune, check for any unusual dips or long response times, it might be that the HDD is dying.
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The problem is, as soon as it boots up it goes into hang mode... Like after 4-5 mins... I've formatted it into Windows XP 32bit now. Its got 2GB Ram. I'll check on the PSU and tell ya.
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Clean the ram sticks with eraser method.
Also clean the ram slots and try swapping out the ram.
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post #6 of 7
it can be one of these usually

RAM

or

HDD

i really think its the HDD
scan for bad sectors in your HDD with the chkdsk x: /f /r (X is the drive name) do it to all drives
try to defrag the HDD

Clean the RAM with the eraser as our friend edalbkrad said
run a bootable version of memtest 86+ from flash drive to make sure the RAM is not creating a problem

memtest86+ latest usb installer

if you have a PSU which is not decent enough yet this can happen are your ambient hot ???

Hope that helped thumb.gif
post #7 of 7
Safe mode? Anything in event viewer? Check C:\Windows\Minidump, if there's any files there those could be helpful
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