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Unexplained lockups I have an etower 600ix and after a few minutes of use, it will lock up. Since it locks up even while in the BIOS as well as linux and other environments, I am assuming it is some sort of CPU hard halt.

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Re: Unexplained lockups

I figured out what the problem was. The fan and heatsink was mounted backward. I just switched it around and now the thing works. For future reference, there wasn't an OS installed at all when it started freezing.

Posted on Jan 22, 2006

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Re: Unexplained lockups

This is a common problem but not an easy one to diagnose because it has so many causes. Here are some common causes of lockups: Software incompatibility Hardware incompatibility or incorrect device driver Bad RAM Video card problems Dying power supply Processor getting too hot The first step in diagnosing the problem is to keep a journal showing exactly what you were doing each time the system froze. This can help you spot patterns - for example, if the lockup occurs when you try to print, or whenever you play a sound, that suggests a problem with the specific hardware device or its software driver. Heat, bad RAM or a power supply that's about to give out are more likely if the lockups are random.

Posted on Jan 22, 2006

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