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post #1 of 13
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Hello,
Let me start by saying thank you in advance and that I have been trying to solve this problem for several months and I am desperate.
My machine (entirely random at any time, I cannot replicate this if I wanted to) freezes most of the time, but not always, with one long continuous beep. During this time the entire OS locks up and I cannot do anything besides shut it down via the power button. I cannot think of any major changes that caused it to happen (I.e. firmware upgrades, driver upgrades etc)
Here are my specs:
Win 7 32-bit
Nvidia 8800 GTS (stock cooling)
Case is stock cooled (it is sufficient)
Mobo: M2N-SLI Deluxe
CPU; AMD X2 6000+
RAM: 4GB Crucial ballistix DDR2
HDDS: 3 Internal, all western digital cavaliers (500 GB, 750 GB, 1TB)

Things I have tried:
Formatting
Driver upgrade
BIOS upgrade
PSU replacement
Ram test (MEMtest - no errors)
Temps are all fine, CPU idles at around 25C
Reset the CMOS by pulling the batt on the mobo for the hell of it
Extensive Defragging of all the drives
Registry cleanup

Please help me.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
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Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
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Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
I should add, sometimes my machine will go days without locking up while other days it will do it every time it boots within 5 minutes.
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AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
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Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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post #3 of 13
Just for poops and giggles, have your tried your os on different drives/only have one drive installed at a time?

*edit* Had something very similar happen to me, and it ended up being a drive issue in the end after all the rig-a-ma-roll of trouble shooting cooling, psu's, memory sticks etc etc. It wasn't even my os drive that caused it! Was a data drive that would cause the system to lock and freak after coming out of sleep mode.
Edited by Fletcherea - 2/1/11 at 9:15pm
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Intel i5-4670k ASRock Z87E-ITX ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Toshiba DT01ACA200 OCZ Vertex 460 Swiftech H220-X EK-FC970 GTX Full Cover Water Block 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS Ultra Stealth U-Flow L... Windows 10 BenQ GW Series GW2760HS  Silverstone Tek 450-Watts SFX 
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Intel i5-4670k ASRock Z87E-ITX ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR... 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Toshiba DT01ACA200 OCZ Vertex 460 Swiftech H220-X EK-FC970 GTX Full Cover Water Block 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Black Ice Nemesis 120GTS Ultra Stealth U-Flow L... Windows 10 BenQ GW Series GW2760HS  Silverstone Tek 450-Watts SFX 
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BitFenix Prodigy 
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post #4 of 13
Despite having checked your RAM, and being unable to replicate your problem, have you just tried testing each individual stick? Sometimes I test it anyway, despite MemTesting, just to be on the sure side. Also, are you running RAID with any of those drives?
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Seagate 1TB 32MB @ 7,200 RPM ASUS 12DR something Corsair H60 in Push/Pull with 2xAP15 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung P2370H Das Model S Professional Corsair TX-650 Antec 902 with AP15's  
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post #5 of 13
I used to have that problem with my very old Althon XP system with a Soyo KT400 motherboard. I upgraded the video card and ever since that upgrade it happened. Switched video cards and that didn't help, so I probably would say motherboard (RAM and CPU tested good in my system too).
post #6 of 13
Hmmm.

-Motherboard
-RAM Sticks
-CPU

Try borrowing from a friend and do some trial and error using a replacement of those listed above.
post #7 of 13
long beep usually means bad ram. Try sticks individually until you find the one that's damaged.
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ocz vertex 2 60 gb 650 watt 
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post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have no tried my OS on other drives, I will do that tonight. No none of the drives are in raid (I have 3 internal, 3 external)
I have not checked the individual sticks, I will do that tonight
I was thinking it was the mobo too. I just find it odd that the beep comes from my actual speakers as opposed to the mobo speaker
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
PS, I did bring it to a shop and the guy told me it was a software problem (i.e. my drives were extensively fragmented). I don't know if this helps being that I went through and defragged them all. I have a feeling he was lazy and didnt bother to check the hardware
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X2 6000+ M2N-SLI Deluxe 8800 GTS 640 MB 4 1gig Crucial Ballistix Dual Channel Kits 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital - 320GB 16MB cache 7600 rpm LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 Win 7 - 32bit 37" 1080P Vizio 37WL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Cyborg CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W NZXT Apollo Black Razer Black Mamba 
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post #10 of 13
most likely your mobo in my opinion. cpus, either from intel or amd, have very good quality control. i would say it's possibly your ram, but you said you tested them.

i would personally use this as an excuse to upgrade.
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