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Dell Dimension 4100 freezes for approx 1 minute

My Dimension 4100 last year started freezing approximately once per session, usually within 20 minutes of power-up. The paralysis is total and lasts approximately one minute, at which point everything continues as if nothing had happened. During the freeze the display remains on but is frozen in place, cursor 'n all. No problems of any kind, nor corrupted files have yet come to light. It feels like a very low-level hardware thing. Could it be due to ageing caps on the motherboard or something along those lines? It's as if the processor just misses a few billion cycles and then picks up again.

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  • solutionx Mar 07, 2009

    Thanks. I will do that and let you know what I find.

  • solutionx Mar 10, 2009

    OK ... 3 hours and 3 full passes on Memtest with no errors. Looks like my memory is OK (it's a mix of Viking and Kingston, not the original 128MB stick that came with the machine).


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Your ram is prolly going bad

try to download and run "memtest86"

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