Try this out, you hardware experts:
I’ve got a big problem: My computer keeps locking up. The pattern for lockups seems to be very odd.
Here are the very odd symptoms.
Computer hard locks in all OSes: WinME, Win2K, and Linux Mandrake.
Sometimes, after locking, I reboot, and all the drives whirr to life but the computer does not POST or boot at all. The Bios does not show.[/list]
The computer sometimes will stay on for hours, but some other times stays on for only seconds before jamming. Sometimes it will boot right back up, other times it will refuse to boot for hours.
The jams happen slightly more often at night than in the daytime.
When the computer jams, I can hear the RPM’s of the fans go up slightly, as if something had stopped working and freed up some current for the fans.
What I know is not the problem: BIOS, Mobo, CPU and memory are OK. it is not a loose card or cable. It isn’t bad power, I’ve got a great setup here to keep continuity and voltage. It is NOT an overheat. I do not overclock and it’s not even an issue. My temperature stays below 40C at all times. It’s not a software problem. hell, it even jams in old dos.
Here’s my Config:
Stock Compaq 5005CL box:
1.1 Ghz Athlon Classic
2 HD’s one was upgraded, this problem occured some time after the upgrade.
256 MB ram, major brand
crummy assed proprietary mobo based on VIA
some other slight junk that escapes me at the moment.
Sorry for the long message, but I really hope some poeple can help me with this so I can get stability again and get back to blending without frustration.
over and out.