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    Re: Lock up

    Looks like you're on the trail of the most frequently reported causes here in The Lounge. Good luck...

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    Re: Lock up

    Well, I took the cover off and blew it out good. I left it running all day with the cover off and noticed that the cpu fan was making a bad noise, but it was working.
    I ran a quick RAM test and went to lunch. When I came back, it locked up during the RAM test, but no errors.

    It worked fine all day, then at 6pm it locked up again....

    --KZ

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    Lock up / freeze

    My work PC with XP Pro on a 2.1mhz PIII just started locking up. Nothing is new (hardware or software). It will work for 5 minutes, then several hours, then....

    I'm going to run a test of the memory tomorrow. Is that usually the main cause of lockups with no errors? Or is that an indication usually of heat or MB/CPU going bad?

    --KZ

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    Re: Lock up

    Standard technique here is to strip the PC down to the bare minumum essentials that you need for running a RAM test (remove all disks, controllers, all-but-one memory DIMM etc. Then run your memory test for a few hours - if it works then add things back a few at a time, otherwise try swapping (e.g. if you had two memory DIMMs you can now run the test again using just the other one).

    If you're really unlucky you get down to Motherboard, CPU and PSU - and have to guess what to buy or borrow hardware from a trusting friend.

    StuartR

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    Re: Lock up

    Success! I discovered it was the CPU fan. The cheapest of all issues. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

    I took the cover off and watched the fan during the day. Several times it actually stopped. So, the CPU was simply overheating. I hope it's not affected from the several shut downs. Seems to be working fine now. Phew!

    --KZ

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    Re: Lock up

    That's really good news, thanks for letting us know.

    StuartR

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