Computer randomly freezes
Posted on 1998-05-02
I have a Pentium 60 that randomly freezes for no detectable reason. It has the following hardware:
48 MB RAM,
Diamond Stealth 3000 VRAM video card using S3 video drivers,
MediaVision Pro Audio 16 Sound Card,
SCSI II on the motherboard (PCI NCR C810 Host Controller, Trantor Media Vision SCSI Host Controller),
56K USR Modem on COM2
OKI410e printer on COM1
WingMan Extreme joystick
KFC (Smile Int'l) 17" monitor
Quantum LP540S HD
Connor CFP 1060S 1.05 GB HD (terminated)
Logitech Serial TrackMan Marble Mouse using version 8.01 Logitech driver
The System Control Panel applet displays an exclamation mark next to the "Media Vision Sound Blaster Compatibiity" device. The other parts of the MediaVision card are using VPASD.VXD from Microsoft. I am not using the MediaVision driver as it does not seem to be necessary.
I'm detailing all the hardware as I've just about eliminated software as a cause. When I boot the machine up and remove everything but sys_tray and Explorer from the Task Manager, the system still freezes. It might be a few minutes, it might be an hour or 24 hours--but it freezes without human activity. No GPF, no blue screen. Just freezes. The mouse might move, but ALT+CTRL+DEL has no effect. It's reset button time.
Anyone have any suggestions how I might fix this--aside from getting a new computer--and I know this one's long past its prime. But we gotta make it last until I land the next contract.