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  Computer randomly freezes... will not power back up without CMOS settings cleared. 
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kOrny Dec 28, 2011, 01:54pm EST Report Abuse
So my brother gave me one of his old computers. He removed the optical drive and video card so I replaced each with my own. Since then, the computer will randomly freeze up a few minutes after windows loads. The only thing you can do is turn off (or hard reset) the computer. When you do, nothing loads. The PC will turn on (fans spin, lights, etc), but nothing, not even BIOS or a beep.

If I reset the CMOS settings, BIOS loads. I set the date, save, reboot. Windows loads fine. 30 seconds-2 minutes in, computer freezes. I've checked the temperatures of CPU/motherboard, each time I access the bios and it is always ~30 degrees C. I had no problems installing Windows XP or either of the service packs, however it happened first while the computer still had Windows 7 installed, but after the video card was changed.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks!

AMD Athlon 64 3800+
ECS K8T890-A (1.0A) 939 VIA (
2GB (2x1GB) DDR400
Radeon X300 PCI-E (Previous HD5550 PCI-E)
DVD-R/W SATA (Previous IDE)
Windows XP Home 32-bit freshly installed (Previous Windows 7 Pro)

(old piece of junk, I know)

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Meats_Of_Evil Dec 28, 2011, 02:56pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO HWA members (2011)
Check RAM sticks, one by one. If not that then try a new cheapo PSU. If not then it's most likely the mobo.

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
DoubleDouble Dec 28, 2011, 05:12pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Computer randomly freezes... will not power back up without CMOS settings cleared.
Does it do it outside of windows?



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