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by Ck87.JF / August 13, 2005 11:45 AM PDT

Sorry in advance for the length...

I couldn't really think of a good title to describe my problem, but that's as good as it could be, I guess. Anyway, I've been doing a great deal of work on the hardware for my computer this summer, but I've been as careful as I can be. The problems started around when I added a modem and installed SP2 for WinXP. I turn the computer on, and at some point, it decides it doesn't want to work anymore. Then, it just freezes up, and I cannot do anything, except reset - which sometimes doesn't work until I disconnect the power, wait till it all drains out, then plug it back up and set to work. It's not the hard drive, because I put in a brand-new hard drive, and besides; it even locks up in BIOS sometimes. Various things make me think it might be the power supply, but then again, I don't know - I still am learning about computer hardware.

SPECS
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PSU: Antec 300W
MB: Intel
Processor: Intel P4 (I think), 1.8 GHz
RAM: Kingston DIMM (?) 256 MB
[PCI]Audio: Astron/Ensoniq/AudioPCI (Not sure - says all three)
[AGP]Video: Some sort of AGP card with added S-Video support (Don't seem any names...)
Case: It says MB on the front.
HDD: Western Digital 200 GB
DVD: Lite-ON DVD +/- RW
CD: LG CD-RW
I also added an extra fan.
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Any clue what could be up with this?
Also, what's up with the 20 pin AND 4 pin connectors that plug into the motherboard from the PSU? I've seen 20 pin connectors, as well as 24, but never 20 + 4 (two separate connections).

Thanks, g'day.
-Christopher

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by damasta55r / August 13, 2005 1:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Computer freezes up

Could be spyware,adware,etc. Another reason would be the low amount of ram.

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well
by AKonny47 / August 13, 2005 2:56 PM PDT
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the power cable, you mean thye 4 pin connector that plugs into newer mobos? not sure if yours needs that, and you understand about 24 pin cables.

i would highly recommend updating your drivers (video and sound) as that's where most problems begin.

what's your paging size set at? i would upgrade ram, but xp can be used on 256mb.

konny

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Re: Frozen PC
by Ck87.JF / August 18, 2005 12:01 PM PDT
In reply to: well

>>spyware, adware...
>No; I forgot to mention... it was even with a new installation of Windows, and then again with a brand-new hard drive.

>>power source/4 pin/etc
>My PC has a 300 watt power supply, with a 20 pin plus a 4 pin connector for the motherboard.

>>updating drivers/paging size/ram
>Well, the thing is, it sometimes even locks up in the BIOS, as it gets ready to boot into Windows.

Anyway, I think the problem is most likely either in the motherboard, or the power supply, but I haven't another power supply that has the 20 & 4, so I can't try that.
Any other suggestions (thanks for those who have tried to help so far)?

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Re: Frozen PC
by Ck87.JF / August 29, 2005 1:57 AM PDT
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Well, I tested the power supply the other day, and it ran fine, as well as the computer. So the power supply works fine; now, I am thinking it is perhaps the motherboard, or maybe the RAM causing the PC to lock up.

Any suggestions on this?

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