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    Computer Freeze, Wife annonyed

    I have an AMD 1100 with a ASUS MB that is locking up on a frequent basis. I receive a sustained pulsing alarm and system freezes. The only way get out is to push the restart button which I don't like to do on a frequent basis. The error happens about 15 minutes after I start the computer up. I feel there is a piece of hardware that is getting to a certain temp and then failing. The CPU temp 56 degress C and MB is slightly lower than that. My solution is to replace each card one at a time to isolate the failure, along with RAM sticks until I get to the CPU/MB which I will replace last if needed. My suspicion is the video card, even though its only 3 months old(GEForce 3, NVIDIA).

    The computer starts up fine and the OS(XP) seems to runs normal then while I'm checking e-mail or playing a game it freezes with a pulsing alarm. I built the computer about 6 months ago, this problem started about 2 weeks ago and it keeps getting worst.

    Am I going in the right direction, or has anyone seen this error and can give me a little more insight?

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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    Its a Asus A7A 266Mhz. I just look up the temps in the CMOS after it fails and I restart. I don't have a program. I am using 2 case fans, volcano on the CPU, and an additional small fan on the MB. The case is in an open area.

    My first guess was heat on CPU/MB also, but with all of the fans why would it would heat up. Its possible the temps have lowered enough after I restart not to reflect temp at failure. I probably should get a freeware temp monitor to see the actual temp at failure.

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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    I will try it and give you an update tomorrow.

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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    What model of Asus motherboard is it? And what are you using to monitor temperatures?

    Sounds like you have a heat alarm going off and the board-level monitors are shutting the works down. I had exactly the same problem with an Asus board but the CPU temps were reported as much higher.

    Since this is an Asus board after all, check and make sure you have the latest BIOS revision. I wouldn't go replacing hardware and laying out $$$ unless I knew for certain that it was a problem. Instead, try removing non-essential hardware and see if the computer still acts the same with just the video card. Also, make sure there are no obstructions in the case that will hinder airflow. Dow you have enough air blowing through the case to keep things sufficiently cool?
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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    My condolences (I too own the A7A266) on the motherboard. That being the case I know that the latest BIOS revision will absolutely, positively help. Download it at <A target="_blank" HREF=ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Socket_A/ALI_Chipset/ALI_Magik_1/A7A266>ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/ASUSCOM/BIOS/Soc..._Magik_1/A7A266</A>. The latest release is 1011, and you will also need the AFLASH.EXE utility (which you can get from the main ASUS website).

    The other thing I might suggest is to use Motherboard Monitor 5 to check your running temperatures. The ASUS tool has a few annoying bugs in it that MBM 5 doesn't exhibit.

    With all the fans, why would it heat up? There could be a lot of reasons for it, but most common is the way the air flows through the case itself. You should have at least one intake fan in the lower front portion to draw air in, and an exhaust fan at about power supply level to draw it back out. The power supply's fans may also contribute. However, I think in this case the hardware is misreporting the temperatures and that is the cause of your problem. Try the BIOS flash first, and if that doesn't solve it, then we can look at cooling solutions.
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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    I updated the BIOS and it made a tremendous differnce. It changed my CPU temp thresholds by 20 degress. The computer is back to normal and the wife happy again. Thanks alot for the help, it beats replacing hardware.

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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    Most excellent news! Oh, yeah, I forgot....ASUS denies that there is a problem, but still they recommend the same thing....so why not ship it that way?

    Anyway, glad to hear that it worked for you!
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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    It also beats replacing the wife!

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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    Depends on the wife.
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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    Did you mean it replaces beating the wife?
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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    I have a feeling this is going to turn into a whole word game, or arguement...hmm, I think he means it beats replacing the wife, but if the wife is not something needing to be replaced, why replace her, or some such. Very interesting the way topics end in the forum. Makes this place fun to be in.

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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    If the Lounge ever prohibits hijacking threads (changing the topic), I won't have much to say. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    John... take a look at RULE 3 <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Computer Freeze, Wife annoyed

    I'm toast. Oops, off topic again.
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