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eVGA 8800gts 320 mb Freezes

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I have a been having freeze issues with my system for a while now. The freezes happen most often when i try to download files (right at the 99% point) or when i am starting programs. It isn't always, but it is frequent. The freeze leave the screne intact with no blue screen or sound. the mouse stops and the system just hard freezes until i turn the power off. I am somewhat of a novice at computers and a family friend helped me build this one (he is a hardware tech for motorola).

ecs nf650slit-a mobo
eVGA 8800 GTS 320mb
2 g Ram
750w SLI ready powersupply
Upgraded CPU fan
no extra sound card, i use the built in sound (realtec)
Windows Xp sp 2

I have run many tests on the ram and cpu and all come back fine. I am not overclocking in anyway. The system is very quite, and runs very cool.

Though the freezing is hit and miss I can almost always get the computer to freeze by running a windows update (98% of the time).

I have done a lot of forum reading and found one other person who has a comprable system and is having the same issues. He thinks it is a glitch between the video card and the mobo. Any ideas or thought would be appreciated.

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Checked your hard drive free space lately?

Also, you should be doing the following manually, on a regular bases:
  • From the Command Prompt, run CHKDSK C: /F (will require reboot)
  • Defrag/Optimize your hard drives (suggest a better utility than Win Defrag, see below)
  • Run Disk Cleanup in System Tools (do not clean compressed files)
  • Use [Delete files] in Internet Options between runs of Disk Cleanup
  • Remove unnecessary backup files (see below, JAVA & Win Updates)
  • Run a good, safe, Registry Cleanup tool (see below)
JAVA: If you are using Sun's JAVA (and you should), when they install updates, they ADD them. They do not replace older versions of JAVA. These can take up much hard drive space. You should only keep the latest version and use Add/Remove Programs to uninstall all older versions. Example, have JAVA 6 installed, remove JAVA 5.

Win Updates: When Windows installs updates, it makes backups of the changed files so you can uninstall them via Add/Remove Programs. These backup files also take up much hard drive space.

If an Update has been installed AND working without a problem, you will unlikely uninstall it. So the backup file is no longer needed. You need to remove the backup file, AND the entry in Add/Remove Programs, but leave the Update Logs so Win Updates always sees them as installed.

One safe way I recommend is using the Update Cleanup (shareware). See the screen shot. Very easy and safe to use. Worth the cost. I use it at home and work. I just keep 6mths of updates.

Registry Cleanup: If your Registry has errors in it, this can cause problems. There are tools/utilities that will scan your Registry and report errors, and remove them.

The utility I use is TweakNow RegCleaner. The Standard version is free, the Pro version is small cost (worth it) and backs up changes (see comparison on page).

It is very easy to use and clearly indicates Safe to delete, Unknown (use Deep Scan to resolve), and Unsafe to delete.

Hard Drive Defrag/Optimizers: There are 2 good utilities I've used. Auslogics Disk Defrag (freeware), and Perfect Disk (worth the cost).

One advantage of Perfect Disk is that, with Smart Placement enabled, it uses the WinXP LAYOUT.INI (Prefetch file that lists all the software loaded during bootup) to move all those files to the head of your drive, in order. This results in slightly faster and smoother bootup.
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what brand power supply
check the voltage range for your ram
Thanks for the advise technomage,

I will get on these things as soon as possible. I try to keep my system clean and defrage at least twice a month.
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