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Abit Guru AI7 Windows Freezing

I hate this mobo so much right now. Not only was set up a monster (thank you Mike for helping me out), I can't install any new programs other than my virus protection. I never had trouble before the upgrade to the abit guru. Here's what happens...

Attempt to install the Sims 2-
Put in disk. Disk loads. Installation goes fine. As soon as I finalize the install the computer last 30 seconds before Windows freezes. The only way to get past the freeze is a restart. Then, as long as the new program is installed the freezing continues.

I had to system restore to fix the bug. Windows didn't even last long enough for me to uninstall.

Aol Install, sound drivers, bios update, all the same problem.

What is going on?!

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Hi Tinker_McGee, after installing you're virus protection did you run a full system scan? To make sure there is no virus being held in memory, please shut down the PC. Unplug the power cord. Remove you're memory for about 15 seconds & than firmely reseat. Reconnect the power cord & load windows. Shut off windows system restore. (Right click on My computer once & left click Properties. Click System Restore tab. Leave off until you run a full scan.
What is the name of you're hard drive? (If you say Maxtor), that can be you're problem. I personnaly know alot of people whi have had nothing but weird problems with their Maxtor hard drives.
I gather from you're last post everything went well for a little while during set-up of you're drive.
So, if it's not you're hard drive it can be any other device causing lock-ups. Let's try this. Boot the PC into you're bios.(Press the delete key every two seconds till you're at the main menu of you're bios). You want to go to, PC Health Status. Here you should be able to monitor the CPU's temperature & the mother board's temperature along with voltage & the CPU fan speed.
Stay here in the bios for awhile. Just walk away for about 10 minutes. We want to make sure the PC is not overheating or that the CPU's fan speed has dropped too far. Next, lets test you're memory. This might be hard to do if you're system keeps freezing because it involves downloading from the internet. Goto this link.
Scroll down the page till you see, -= Screenshots =-
Just below the three pictures is,
** Memtest86+ V2.01 (21/02/2008) ** Typed in red. Pick the file of you're choosing. Since windows is giving you a hard time, I suggest you download the bootable floppy disk software.
Download - Pre-Compiled package for Floppy (DOS - Win)
You can download the bootable CD software if you wish.
Once done, test you're memory. The only removable device is you're video card & I do not think it is that. Unless it is overheating. Over all everything you are doing is installations.
Installations primary device is you're hard drive. Last 2 questions. Did you connect a small internal speaker on you're board? When you boot the PC do you hear POST a single beep?
Keep me informed when trying the above.

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Posted on Apr 15, 2008


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