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Old 06-25-2006, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Frequent crashes, freezing, slow, etc.

Ok, first off, this is a pretty unstable computer that I have, I admit that. Never buy from Cybersystems. But I've been having many more problems as of late. Also, here are my specs. Sorry for the lack of specific brands, but I have to post this on a laptop.

Asus a8n-sli delux motherboard (something like that, at least)
1024 MBs of Corsair memory
149 gig HDD
geforce 6800gt
AMD 3500+

A long time ago, I was having completely different problems. Long story short, I got some stuff replaced and no longer had the problems. Not too long after, though, I started getting blue screens, the error usually reading IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUEL and, as of late, DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUEL. It has been getting worse, though. Lately, I have had extremely slow start-ups. It takes minutes for me to be able to do anything after I reboot my computer. I figured that this is because I have quite a few programs that start on boot up, like zone alarm, norton, google accelator, etc. I went into msconfig and disabled the unnecessary ones, but it didn't help much.

It got even worse, though. Although it always had taken a long time for me to open programs, it has gotten worse. It is rare that I can open anything large without freezing. Otherwise, it just takes ages.

Now, I've tried going into safe mode to uninstall (for add/remove hardware doesn't work, it always freezes) most of my things, but I get a message that says "Cannot display this mode" in white letters against a black background. So I can't enter safe mode.

Now don't get me wrong, I don't expect any specific answers. But any general ideas of where to start with this? I'd rather not reformat, but if that's what it takes, I suppose I'll have to.

By the way, I'm 95% sure it's not a virus. I've run several virus checks, and the problem hasn't been a sudden thing anyway. It's been slowly building up.
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Old 06-26-2006, 08:15 AM   #2
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Default Re: Frequent crashes, freezing, slow, etc.

overheating.
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Old 06-26-2006, 08:47 AM   #3
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Default Re: Frequent crashes, freezing, slow, etc.

well a few things to try
1. Run memtest (http://hcidesign.com/memtest/download.html)
2. Reinstall all drivers
3. Update bios
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Old 06-26-2006, 01:06 PM   #4
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Seems to me like faulty memory, so memtest might be a good start, like Mammikoura says.

This seems to be happening even more. Or is it just me?
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Old 06-26-2006, 02:08 PM   #5
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Default Re: Frequent crashes, freezing, slow, etc.

Running memtest right now, so I'll see what that turns up. Anyone have an idea about why I can't display in safe mode, though? If I were able to do that, Memtest would able to do better, I think.

Also, I don't think it's overheating. My CPU was only at 104f when I crashed last, and my system at 95f.
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:11 AM   #6
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Ok, I ran memtest for 9.5 hours, and at 6,700%, 0 errors were found. I did have a lot of background programs running though, since I can't go into safe mode. I'll run it again tommorow for 12 hours and see what comes from that, but I doubt that it'd turn anything new up.
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Have you overclocked your CPU, Graphics Card, Memory?
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:44 PM   #8
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No, wouldn't think about it. My system is unstable enough as is.
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Old 06-27-2006, 01:51 PM   #9
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Run for Spyware and such. Viruses are not always the big problem.

Get Spybot S&D
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Old 06-28-2006, 03:06 PM   #10
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As crazy as it sounds with the slow computer you have, I would suggest installing both Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware. What Ad-Aware doesn't catch, SS&D will catch, and vice-versa. This sounds strictly spyware-related, as I had to do a lot of spyware cleaning on another workstation.

Also, I would either stick with the name-brand computers (if you don't want to build a custom) or build a custom with brands everyone knows.
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