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Windows 7: Windows 7 randomly freezes

21 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hello all,

I'm having the exact same problem. Random freeze ups where the Keyboard, and mouse and everything just locks up and the only recorse is to do a hard power down and reboot. Sometimes just the freeze up and sometimes with the odd sounds as mentioned above.

I never get a BSOD though just the freeze ups, one thing that is really odd though is that it does it a lot while viewing pictures but it can happen at any time.

I've tried a fresh install (several times), updating drivers, and BIOS and yet the problem still persits.

I thought maybe it was my Boreas MTEC controller on my case but I changed cases and went back to air cooling and have the same damn problem.

Could this be related to ASUS motherboards, I have another Windows 7 install on my HTPC and it never locks up but it has a MSI MB and an AMD processor.

I hope someone finds a solution to this problem. I don't recall having these issues with XP 64 when I first built the gaming rig, but Windows 7 has given me many issues.

Is it possible as mentioned above the install DVD could be corrupt? I used a different one to install Windows 7 on my HTPC.

My Specs for the problem machine are

i7 965 CPU (Not overclocked)
EVGA 295 Video Card
12G Corsair Dominator RAM
ASUS PT6 MB
Windows 7 64Bit OS
2 Western Digital 300 VelociRaptor in Raid 0
PC Power & Cooling 850W Power Supply


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21 May 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hello !! Welcome to SF !!

I would recommend to Run Hard Drive Diagnostic and Memory Diagnostic

Reboot your System in Selective Startup follow this link Run Selective Startup using System Configuration

Hope this helps,
Captain
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21 May 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

My computer did this when I first installed Win 7 (clean install). After much trial and error, it turned out to be my video card driver. I had to try five drivers before I found the one that worked - and it was not the latest driver.

I narrowed my search for the problem using selective startup as Captain Jack recommended above. I would follow his advice in the order he listed it.
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21 May 2010   #14

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thanks guys I will take your advice and give it a try and post my results.
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21 May 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJMikeT View Post
Thanks guys I will take your advice and give it a try and post my results.
Your Welcome Mike !!
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22 May 2010   #16

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Ran Memtest last night came out good, also ran HD test on my first HD in my Raid array which came out good also, I started the second HD test this morning before work and will view the results when I get home.

If all is well I plan on doing a fresh install and drivers and see if I still get freeze ups, then I'll start adding my third party apps and try to figure which one is the culprit.
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23 May 2010   #17

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Finished scanning my Hard Drives all good there, and I did a fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64Bit.

I then did all the Windows updates, installed my video, audio and chipset drivers and everything was working great.

However, when I started installing my antivirus my system froze. I rebooted and it appeared the antivirus installed but when I tried to scan I got some errors related to the antivirus. I'm using The Shield Antivirus 2010 by the way. I uninstalled the antivirus and left my machine running all night.

When I woke up this morning my machine was in sleep and it came right out it with one click of the mouse. I'm hopeful that the antivirus was the issue with my freeze ups. I am going let the machine run for a few days without installing anything else and if I don't get any freeze ups then I'll switch to another antivirus.
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23 May 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Very good problem solving work. I recommend MSE. It works well with Win 7 and will not cause a freeze as it is designed by Microsoft. It is not at all uncommon to find third party AV's causing all kinds of problems - particularly networking problems. If you wish a third party AV, try Avast.
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23 May 2010   #19

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

What about ESET Smart Security 4, it got really good reviews two years in a row with Maximum PC? I was thinking of trying that one. MSE scored an 8 out of 10 and ESET scored 9 and also beat out Norton for TOP choice. I also like the advanced features that ESET has, but looks like MSE would be a good choice also.
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23 May 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I have never used ESET so I'm not knocking it. I can only say that it has been of the sources of problems posted here in the forums. I am not big on security suites at all; but that is just me.
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