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Hello

I shut down my computer yesterday and started it again today.
I haven't changed any software or hardware.
Since then, I windows started freezing occasionally, in games, then in normal windows usage, then after restart; on windows logo loading screen (see attached image for message after it froze) untitled.jpg 874k .jpg file ,
after 2nd restart it loaded windows but Im afraid the freezes still occur in windows.
It freezes for a minute or two, then its OK again, then after a while it freezes again.
Some times it freezes and I can't access any background windows, but on the current window I was working on I can still work on and edit.

What can cause such freezes? Give me the possibilities and I will start checking.
Tomorrow I will run memtest for 24 hours, but what else can I check?

Specs: 4GB DDR2, Q6600 not OCed, 3 HDDS, GTX 660, Corsair 620HX PSU, ASUS P5E MB, 5-6 year old computer

Any more info I will write if you need.

Please help, thanks.
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Originally Posted by beta_0 View Post

Hello

I shut down my computer yesterday and started it again today.
I haven't changed any software or hardware.
Since then, I windows started freezing occasionally, in games, then in normal windows usage, then after restart; on windows logo loading screen (see attached image for message after it froze) untitled.jpg 874k .jpg file ,
after 2nd restart it loaded windows but Im afraid the freezes still occur in windows.
It freezes for a minute or two, then its OK again, then after a while it freezes again.
Some times it freezes and I can't access any background windows, but on the current window I was working on I can still work on and edit.

What can cause such freezes? Give me the possibilities and I will start checking.
Tomorrow I will run memtest for 24 hours, but what else can I check?

Specs: 4GB DDR2, Q6600 not OCed, 3 HDDS, GTX 660, Corsair 620HX PSU, ASUS P5E MB, 5-6 year old computer

Any more info I will write if you need.

Please help, thanks.

try a using ccleaner clean the reg then reboot if the issue is still there boot into safe mode see if there is any difference . Good luck mate thumb.gif
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That error means Windows is having trouble reading a file/drive. First, go to start, run and enter "CMD /C CHKDSK /F", say yes to scan on restart, and if no errors found, swap your SATA cable. Doesn't hurt to check SMART with CrystalDiskInfo either.

Also unplug any USB drives while troubleshooting.
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CrystalDiskInfo says all my drives are 'Good'
I am not sure how I can swap my SATA cables, check the PSU I have (620HX), I dont have any more spare cables or dont know if I even saved the spare ones I had
Where can I buy SATA cables for my PSU?

I will run check disk, does it check all of my HDDs?

Memtest didnt find any errors

Thanks
Edited by beta_0 - 11/25/13 at 7:42am
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Whats your primary disk? Is it SSD?
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That error means Windows is having trouble reading a file/drive. First, go to start, run and enter "CMD /C CHKDSK /F", say yes to scan on restart, and if no errors found, swap your SATA cable.

CrystalDiskInfo says all my drives are 'Good'
I am not sure how I can swap my SATA cables, check the PSU I have (620HX), I dont have any more spare cables or dont know if I even saved the spare ones I had
Where can I buy SATA cables for my PSU?

    He means to swap the SATA data cable between the HDD/SSD and the motherboard with a different cable and see if the problem persists.  I have also experienced some strange issues with bad SATA data cables.  Not the STOP error you got, but complete, temporary (usually), and unexpected system freezing.
 
 
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I will run check disk, does it check all of my HDDs?

    No; since no disk was specified, it will check C:\ only.
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I will try to swap my SATA data cables, I have 3 mechanical 500GB HDDs, 2 of them were recently replaced, one of which the system is installed on. The old one is a backup drive which only has data on it.

EDIT: it seemed that helped
Edited by beta_0 - 11/30/13 at 6:56am
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