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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:01 pm    Post subject: Stupid hardware question? Reply with quote

Hello guys...

I have a moronic problem that i use to live with it for 1 year.

Here is the thing;

Sometimes my machine stuck in the middle of nothing...I cant move my mouse or keyboard (Complete freeze) so i press the restart button..but pc makes the restart but cannot start the computer(no bios screen or anything so i shut down the computer and shake a little the cpu fan by hand and it starts...I already did the thermal paste thing to my pentium 4/3.0 after cleaning the old paste with pure alcohol....(The thickness of the thermal paste is thin enough)

P.S. This problem happens even nothing is running in windows 7

So what are your solutions for this issue?

Thanks btw.


Hope to hear some comments bros and siss:)

Kiss..

De Lucia

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: Stupid hardware question? Reply with quote

It's hard to say what's wrong, so have my generic tips for narrowing down the problem:

- Try running Memtest86+ to ensure nothing is wrong with your RAM.
- Try running a live Linux distribution off of a USB stick to rule out any software issues, including driver issues.
- Check the SMART values of your harddrives, make sure none of them are failing.

On a related note, one of the (now replaced) machines running this website once had an issue with complete freezes. It was possible to wake it up by puhing any button on the keyboard, or by generating some other very specific IO interrupts. Other than that it would be completely frozen, even lagging the clock behind. :|

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Stupid hardware question? Reply with quote

What Jocke said, plus, since it's an old machine and having startup problems, the power supply might be on it's way out.

But out of everything listed, I'd add as the most probable cause a dying component on the motherboard. Maybe check for bubbled up capacitors and see if there is any updated BIOS version to flash.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Stupid hardware question? Reply with quote

Finally, i found the error....Neither ram nor fan...memtest is totally fine enough....I solved with an elder nerd work in my city....he looked at me with his cig and he said "your problem is not fan or ram or other rusty parts on your motherboard".... It is just the seat of my processor fan and he gave me a cpu fan mounting bracket base for 478 pin with screwed one..the old one was a rivet joint and the mainboard,after years of usage, a curvature appared in that area so that the transfer btw fan and cpu was in a loose contact phase....but now it is working perfectly...

Thanks anyway for your kind responses..

Looking frwrd to hear u soon...


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Stupid hardware question? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Stupid hardware question? Reply with quote

Ah good, thought that when you remounted the cpu heatsink and re-applied the paste ruled that one out.

Goes to show that some things have to be solved in person.

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