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PC Randomly Freezing?

Discussion in Technical Support started by P@P@_ROASTER, Sep 19, 2012

  1. Jul 16, 2012
    Last Tuesday I copied some files from my Brother-in-Laws laptop over to my PC (His had a virus or something in Windows which prevented it from launching). Ever since then my PC has been randomly freezing (Sound / Screen), A simple reboot fixes it but it usually occurs 2-4 times a day. I'm not 100% sure if it is due to the files I copied over (Norton showed no issues) or due to a different issues (I ran a Norton Power Eraser scan which showed no issues).

    Here is a picture of my current setup (Incase it could be hard-ware related). I have to currently set my PSU outside of my case due to it's size.
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    Download the following programs, update them.
    HighjackThis! DO NOT APPLY ANY CHANGES FROM HIGHJACKTHIS. ALOT of them are nothing.

    Post logs from everything. Also a list of running processes/services.
  3. Jul 16, 2012
  4. Feb 27, 2012
    Scan your WHOLE drive/drives. Also, i forgot to say, boot into regular safe mode WITHOUT networking when you scan with those.
  5. Jul 16, 2012
    It's been a while since I last had to use safe mode... (I know I sound retarded).. but how would I launch w/ it enabled? @Tony the Tiger!! :grin:

    I sent you a friend request on steam so we could talk more about it there if you'd like.
  6. Feb 27, 2012
    Sorry about that, i was letting a friend vent on skype. Just before it goes to the part booting with the windows logo, press f8... I think there should be a blinking cursor in the top left of your screen, at least there is for me. That is when you would press f8. With certain motherboards (mine and my brothers) if you press f8 too early, it brings up some other menu that i can't remember what it's for.

    EDIT: Also, i accepted your friend request, but you're offline :frownbig:
  7. Jul 16, 2012
    Had a talk with Tony, and it should all be fixed now... but instead of making a new thread asking more questions, I'll just ask them here.

    I'm looking for ways to improve my startup speed & reduce start-up lag & how slow it is when my PC first starts up.

    My system specs are :
    AMD Phenom 820 x4 II 2.80GHz (Not-overclocked, no clue how to).
    4G DDR3 Ram (Standard Dell)
    500G Western Dig Hard-drive (Non-SSD)
    750W Silverstone PSU
    EVGA Nvidia GTX 470 1.2GB

    I've never really fooled around with improving my computer speed or overclocking so I'm pretty lost when it comes to it.

    Thanks in advance.
  8. Nov 29, 2010
    GTX 470, cramped case, I recommend you get rid if that case and get an actual cooling case. Taking out the side panel only works to an extent.

    Those cards are blast furnaces and can and will reach 100C.

    It wouldnt surprise me one bit that your cpu is overheating too since that's a stock amd fan in a cramped case, so i'd switch out that fan with a higher-end fan.

    Remember, your equipment is constantly degrading, the more you invest into cooling your stuff, the longer it lasts.
  9. Jul 16, 2012
    I have another case I could use, I've just never removed a mobo / processor / gpu fan D:
    Not sure the name of the case though... It's missing the back fan (Below PSU) and it has a side fan on the side-panel. If you have any suggestions for a new case I'd be all for it :grin:

    My GPU sitting with just Chrome / steam : Friends & a chat windows / skype / and CPUID Hardware monitor is sitting at a steady 50C during heavy / long gaming session I've monitored it and it never really gets above 80-88C.

    Aside from upgrading hardware is there anything else I could do to help boost my PC up a bit?
    Haystack94, Sep 19, 2012 Last edited by P@P@_ROASTER, Sep 19, 2012
  10. Feb 14, 2012
    Take the side panel off the case in the mean time.
  11. Nov 29, 2010
    Seeing you have a mid range computer you don't need to go all out, unless you're planning to upgrade again, then that's a different story.

    You could probably go for something simple like this:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master...8&qid=1348114988&sr=1-1&keywords=cooling case

    Note: Air circulation in a case is paramount, if the current is broken, the overall effectiveness of the case is reduced, so cable management is a must. Removing the side panel may seem like it'll help, but it's 1, only going to collect dust even faster, and two breaks the air currents
  12. Jul 16, 2012
    In the picture in my original post, the side panel is off. It has to remain off due to my case being to small to support my new PSU & it's cables.

    Seem's like a really nice case, I will probably look into getting that, appreciate it :grin:
  13. Jul 16, 2012
    Running CSS with pretty much max settings & having pandora in the back ground, sitting steady 80C or so
  14. Feb 27, 2012
    Well, since you have an nVidia card, you won't need to pay for heating in the winter.

    But seriously, you need good cooling for nVidia cards. I also see you have an AMD processor. Those produce much more heat than an Intel processor will, so you'll need a good fan or liquid cooling for that. You could be experiencing some lag spikes because something is getting too hot. My fan was dying on my GPU and when i was playing Crysis, it would freeze a bunch of times. Kind of like really bad lag. Different computers will respond to overheating in different ways. Some will beep at you, some will shut down, some will go to stand-by, some will have pop-ups telling you something is too hot, or it will just freeze so it's not under load to give it a chance to cool back down before it torches.
  15. May 14, 2011
    Where you get your facts from. A lot depends on the card itself.


    I would use MSI Afterburner to keep your card under control.

    Read here for more info.

    Don't download free crap onto your PC. Un-install that now. Background scans etc make it slow down and give a negative effect as well as bugging you constantly for a license. I would only recommend: Advanced System Cleaner.

    I have the paid version. Had it parroted but I used it for a few consecutive years and it DOES help. So I paid for the pro version. You CAN parrot the pro version with a ~25 year licence however you will not be able to update the version. (Recently they improved their security on the program.) If youa re willing to spend a couple of bucks buy the paid version.


    I would also recommend you to un-install your antivirus. Unless you are silly on the internet virus' cannot get onto your PC. (Silly meaning downloading random shit). I simply keep my head down and do an install > scan > un-install of BitDefender every 3 months or so. I have never had any viruses detected. Stuff like AVG sounds good but its just to make you feel secure. I'm sure many would disagree but when's the last time your antivirus gave you a legit warning about a virus without you doing something ridiculously silly.

    It just scans, detects all my keygens. Tries to delete them, and I have to stop it. Mind you, until a couple of years ago keygens in zips weren't even detected.


    The program I would recommend for this case is IObit Malware Fighter.

    You seem to have done something silly and connected a USB without first scanning it. IMF auto scans all USB's as you connect them which = no issues like that.

    If your virus got in deep I have to say the only solution is to take out your hard drive and plug it into another PC and scan it through that. OR Do a re-install of windows. I once had an issue like that. A windows virus lay dormant on a MAC and hopped onto my USB for a ride to my computer. Unfortunatly my PC got infected and I had to re-install windows.


    I am sure people will have a lot to say about my post.
  16. Mar 20, 2011
    Well it could have got into the mbr as well. Boot into windows recovery and from the command prompt run the following string BootRec.exe /fixmbr
  17. Jul 16, 2012
    Okay quick question... Would reformatting completely fix this issue if it is caused by a virus that I received from his lhard drive?
  18. May 14, 2011
    Yes but its a big step and its a last resort.
  19. Jul 16, 2012
    Reformatted and currently re-installing games & such, thanks for the help guys <3