monitor display freezes

  ODIN 10:18 12 May 2006

When my PC has been on for a short period the display freezes and on other times the system just reboots without warning any advice would be welcome

  rmcqua 10:33 12 May 2006

Initial thoughts are either overheating or RAM problems. Do you haved the ability to monitor the temp of your CPU? If so, what temperature does it run at?
As far as RAM is concerned, try removing RAM modules, cleaning thier contacts with a rubber eraser, then reinstalling them.

  ODIN 11:02 12 May 2006

how do i check the temp of my CPU ?

  Gongoozler 11:12 12 May 2006

If your computer doesn't have a temperature monitor already, try MBM5 click here

  ODIN 12:11 12 May 2006

the temperature is running between 55 and 59 degrees C

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:20 12 May 2006

What CPU are you running?

My pentium 4 is currently 60 AMDs usually run slightly cooler.

FReeezing PC

1. Overheat due to faulty / blocked fans

2. PSU voltages

3. Household power surges fridge etc switching on/off

4. faulty memory stick try memtest click here

5. virus or spyware scan for both especially if shutting down with in a few minutes of switch on or internet use

6. driver conflicts especially grahics cards get the latest drivers for your equipment

  ODIN 20:56 12 May 2006

CPU is a Pentium 4 1.8 gig

Have run Adaware and Spybot and Norton Anti Virus none of which have shown any problems

Downloaded latest drivers from Nvidea but on installation attempt stated upto date drivers already installed

  Gongoozler 19:04 13 May 2006

If the time the pc takes to freeze is fairly consistant, then I think it is almost certainly a heat related problem of some kind. If, however it only happens when the pc is performong a certain task then it is more likely software related. If it's fairly random, or only happens when the pc is doing a resource intensive task, I would suspect memory. If games trigger the crash, then it could well be a graphics problem.

  curlylad 19:46 13 May 2006

One of Fruit Bats suggestions was the possibility of malware.

I tend to agree this could be a reason for the problem.

I suggest you download HijackThis from here click here it will be in a zip file so you need to unzip it and put it in its own folder on the C Drive, click the button 'Do a system scan and save a log file' then post the results on the Malware removal forum via this link click here

The good folk there specialise in interpreting hijack this logs and can quickly rule out malware as the cause or remedy your system if malware is the problem.

  woodchip 19:59 13 May 2006

As above, but also try latest downloaded graphics drivers. Plus PSU can also do the above, if it's weak on power

  ODIN 09:58 15 May 2006

I have downloaded and run Hijack this and nothing untoward was found. But taking on board what you have mentioned with regard to the PSU the PC runs ok for about 50 mins and then freezes and after reboot this becomes more frequent which as you suggest could be heat related. Felt the air vent and there is a gentle breeze coming out should it be any more than that with regard to airflow ? Would there be any milage is putting a higher rated PSU in or would this be a no no that might cause other problems.

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