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Windows 7: Computer locking up shortly after boot

25 Nov 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home X64
 
 
Computer locking up shortly after boot

I'm having some difficulty diagnosing this one, but I think it's the graphics card. Shortly after booting and logging in, the computer locks up on a fairly random basis. The only known way to get out of it is forcing a reboot. I tested the hard drive, ran Windows through a system test, updated the drivers, and tested the RAM, and all of it passed. The HDD test did tell me that the drive overheated once, but it passed the long test, and Windows SFC found no violations.

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25 Nov 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Download HWMonitor CPUID - System & hardware benchmark, monitoring, reporting and use it to check your voltages, your PSU may be faltering.

Here's a GPU test.
Some hardware tests to run.





Graphics card test:







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28 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home X64
 
 

Will this test an integrated card?
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29 Nov 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It can test the Intel integrated graphics but it's more for a dedicated card. The test runs badly on integrated graphics usually under 10-12 FPS.
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19 Dec 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home X64
 
 

I replaced the PSU, and it's still locking up. The only thing I really have left to test is the processor and mobo. Any ideas for how to do that?
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19 Dec 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Did you run the GPU test I linked earlier? The motherboard can't be tested per se, but you can test the RAM and slots and hard drivethis way:






Hard drive(s)test(s):

Pick one for your HDD brand or use Seatools.

7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools



RAM (memory) test:

This will require memtest on a bootable CD or USB stick.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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19 Dec 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home X64
 
 

The graphics card test seemed too much for the graphics card to handle. It's the built in card. I can't remember what motherboard it has, but it has an i3.
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19 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home X64
 
 

Also, I already tested the RAM and HDD. Those were my first steps. I also tested the OS, and no integrity violations were found.
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19 Dec 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You can Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95 to test the CPU, but please watch the temp, it can stress an i3 a lot. I recommend Core Temp instead of Speedfan though.

What are the spec of what you're working on?
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19 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 Home X64
 
 

I already have Core Temp installed. The system has an Intel i3, Asus P8H61 mobo, Cruicial Ballistix Sport 4GB RAM, Samsung Spinpoint 1TB HDD, and an Antec VP-450 PSU.
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