well here's the situation, i've been dealing with since the summer. First i'll post my specs.
(specs when problem first occured):
AMD Athlon XP 1700 (1.46 ghz)
asus k7 motherboard
Voodoo 5500 pci (changed to geforce3)
256 megs sdram
creative labs soundblaster live 5.1 soundcard w/ 4 speakers/subwoofer.
was originally running win98se but recently changed to WinXP Pro, problem remains.
I got a Geforce 3 ti 500 vid card and put a slot fan by it to help cooling.
Mostly it happens while i'm playing a game, the screen will freeze and i'll hear this terribly loud and harsh static noise from my speakers. I'm forced to restart my computer with the button on the box.
I originally thought it was an overheating problem (it only started happening on a really hot summer day). So as a quck fix i opened my box and put a table fan blowing onto it to cool it down. It seemed to work, but then i noticed i was getting a lot of dust (which further increased heating) so i turned the fan around and stuck it close to act as an exhaust. Well it seemed to fix the problem.
However after a brief respite the problem returned... my system continued to lock up randomly while playing games, with the same loud static noise.
Now i have a few specific questions:
Has anyone experienced this and figured out what causes it?
Does blowing the fan into my computer better/worse/same as sticking it close and blowing it out as an exhaust?
Should my processor fan blow air onto my processor or blow air off of it? (originally it was blowing air onto it, but i just switched it around today b/c everyone tells me it should blow air off of the chip)
I've tried many things so far and it hasn't fixed much. Your help is appreciated. :)