Computer freezes for and won't reboot for several days
Posted on 2004-09-03
I have a Compaq Presario 5006CA, approximately 3 years old.
Processor: 1.10 GB AMD Athlon
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64 [Display adapter]
Samsung 570V TFT [Monitor]
128 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot 'DIMM1' has 128 MB (PC100)
Slot 'DIMM2' is Empty (although 256 MB is installed and seated properly)(PC133)
Slot 'DIMM3' is Empty
The computer randomly freezes with no ability to ctrl-alt-del. After manually turning it off, press the power button, all fans turn, hard drive spins, cd, dvd, and floppy all load, but no video. I have taken it to a repairman who moved the ram around and did a complete "burn-in" and found no problems. He left the PC running for 2 days. Again, no problems. Got it home, it worked for 2 days then froze again. I moved the ram around a bit and it came back on for about 5 minutes. I've heard it could be issues with RAM, so I replaced the existing ram with 256MB from a working computer... nothing. Removed the Video card, tried another in the PCI slot, nothing. Computer came back on 2 days later (today).
I uninstalled the NVidia TNT2 driver and it's been running fine for the past 6 hours. But it's done that in the past too. So I won't keep my hopes up.
We've checked every connection in the PC already, tried the monitor on another computer, tried another monitor on this computer, formatted and reinstalled XP Pro, etc., etc.
If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate it.