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#1 Medieve


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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:47 PM


The last few weeks have been very frustrating for me, I've been getting a lot of graphics card-related BSOD and random hard lockups multiple times per day. It seems very random, I can lock up while playing games, while browsing the internet, or just a few seconds after windows comes online before I've actually done anything. I can't move the mouse, can't ctrl-alt-del, and the screen just freezes in place, there's no distortion in the display. I don't seem to recall what happens to sounds but I assume sound disappear.

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AMD Phenom  9550 Quad-core 2.20 GHz
RAM: 4.0 GB
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 4800 w/ default settings *not overclocked
Windows Vista: Service Pack 1

Temperatures look fine otherwise. My graphics card floats around 50C and my CPU/HD don't go over 40C

#2 NightBlade


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Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:04 PM

This sounds like something I had happen to me once. It sounds like your motherboard may be dying; though I would try a fresh install before thinking that.

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 12:25 PM

have you tried running more than 1 antivirus program?
edit: also it may need cleaned or thermal grease if its old

#4 Carrion Crow

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:14 AM

It's your RAM. What make is that shit?

#5 Rowain


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Posted 26 July 2009 - 11:18 AM

Also thinking it could be RAM. Have you tried researching if there are any compatability issues between your make of RAM and mobo?

#6 Mama Luigi

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Posted 27 July 2009 - 09:01 PM

Are you aware of how to do a mem test? I would recommend running a mem test at boot so you can identify if the RAM is the problem

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 07:33 PM

Another low-tech idea is to try each piece of ram seperately in case just one of them is bad. Also a good time to check for any dust build up.

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