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My computer freezed once about every three to four days.
My mouse wouldn't move nor would Ctrl+Alt+Del function: I just had to power off and on to restart. Then my computer went back to normal.

I formated my harddrive and fresh installed my win2k but it happens again 10 days after I reinstalled win2k. Now it freezes after a long time of inactivity and/or long after the screensaver was initiated. I'm afraid it would freezes again while I am performing a critical task.

What could be the problem?

Hardware:

K7T Turbo raid (MS-6330) motherboard
AMD 1GH
256mb 133hz memory
80gig western hd
NVIDIA geforce2 mx with WinXP_21.81 (I used old drivers but the same problem)

Software:

Windows 2000 pro sp2
NERO burning rom retail
Audiograbber
Half-life with counter-strike
Winamp
Soundblast soundcard
Winzip
 
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How do you have that 80G hard drive setup? How many partitions and how big are they?

Dennis

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Try updating the soundblaster drivers. Make sure that PCI latency is not set too high.

Author

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For Dennis,

My harddisk is set up like this:
c=20g
d=11g
e=11g
f=11g
g=11g
h=11g

For AvonWyss,

My soundblaster driver is up to date.
PCI latency?

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the PCI latency is set up in the BIOS and decides how log PCI devices are allowed to lock the PCI bus for transfers. High values mean higher throughput for single devices but can cause problems with ther drivers of other devices because the devices reaction may be delayed because of a locked PCI bus.
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WD, presuming that the video drivers are current and are certified for Windows 2000 and later, there are two additional possibilities, one of which needs to be fixed.

The first is the number of partitions within a single drive in Windows 2000. In current versions of MS-DOS, Windows 95/98, Windows NT and Windows 2000, a disk may have up to four separate partitions. One of these partitions, and only one, may be an extended partition. Any others must be primary partitions. A primary partition equates to a single drive letter, as an example, drive (or partition) for example C:, which must be located in a primary partition. The extended partition issue dates back to the time, under earlier versions of DOS or MS-DOS, when a disk could have only one primary partition. To allow better division of available disk space, the extended partition was developed.

At that time, an extended partition took up the remaining space on the disk, but allowed the user to create multiple logical drives within that extended partition. While the extended partition still exists today, its only useful purpose is to allow more than four divisions (primary partitions) of the available space on a disk.

You can have a disk with:

One primary partition
Four primary partitions, or
Three primary partitions and one extended partition.

Any combination of partitions is allowed as long as the total number of partitions doesn't exceed four, and there's no more than one extended partition. The numbering of these partitions is controlled by the originally developed Intel BIOS, which isn't intuitively obvious.

The second problem is that of your memory modules. These lockups can be caused by a faulty memory chip on a module. If you have more than one module, remove one and see how the machine runs.

The third problem may be inadequate cooling for that AMD processor. They are infamous for having heat problems.

Author

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The problem was fan (psu). No air was able to flow out. All the dust was blocking air I noticed. So psu was overheated. Oh, dear.
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Hmmm, see the last line of my 10/05/2001 06:27PM PST comment.

Author

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LOL!! Ok, Den. I'll give you the points. But, it was PSU not the processor. Overheated psu. Anyway. thx. It's been 15 months hahaha
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Yeah really WD. The power supply was overheating that much and it gave no warning other than the problems?

Author

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No warning at all. Just hangs lol
I now have a totally different system. asus p4t533 with p4 2.53@2.85 and samsung rambus 32bit 1066 512mb @1200. Two WD 2000JB raid 0. Good bye to AMB. too much noise and not stable as much as p4.
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Well done WD. That's a good combo, but watch that Asus board. They're not the quality they used to be. When Asus began making boards for Gateway, their overall quality went in the toilet. They used to have a 6-layer PCB, one of the best, now they are 3 and 4 layer.

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