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Old 06-11-03, 06:17 AM
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Help me with this damn problem!

Damn this....

My system: AMD 1.333 Ghz 512mb SD ram
Geforce2 Mx400 card plus two hard drives, a 40 and an 80 Gb.

Windows xp and sometimes Linux.

My computer will randomly freeze. Yes, very often, but not at regular times, not at set intervals.

The computer freezes in two manners: One, it just locks up. No response at all.

The second manner is similar to the first, but a strnage kind of line is displayed, a line made up of maybe horizontal dots, vertical dots, lines, angled in whatever way.

I have no idea what to do. I hae updated my Video Card drivers and have removed the cabinet sides so heat should NOT be the problem.

Please, what do I do?

I barely ever use Linux, but now I'll see if it locks up in Linux too.

If it were defective RAM, could it work in Linux but not in Windows??

Thanks!!!
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Old 06-11-03, 07:12 AM
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Did you check event viewer in Windows to see if it recorded any errors?

Have you already run Chkdsk /f /r to repair any possible Hard Drive Errors?
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Old 06-11-03, 07:50 AM
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CubanX thanks.

There's a long list of acpi errors happening sometimes... Could this be it? I am not that experienced with computers, but I try. forgive my ignorance

Point of fact almost all errors are acpi....hm....

So is this it? Now I am waiting for it to freeze so I can check the event viewer right after and see what time is recorded for the acpi event..if there is one.
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Old 06-11-03, 09:36 AM
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My computer froze at exactly 3:54 pm. I performed a Chkdsk upon reboot...

Anyhow, the acpi error details are: "AMLI: ACPI BIOS is attempting to read from an illegal IO port address (0xcfc), which lies in the 0xcf8 - 0xcff protected address range. This could lead to system instability. Please contact your system vendor for technical assistance."

Could this be the problem? What do I do?
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Old 06-11-03, 09:46 AM
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Check with your motherboard maker. I remember some motherboards/BIOSes didn't agree with ACPI.

If it's not that, it could be overheating or a weak power supply but it sounds like a ACPI problem.
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Old 06-11-03, 11:58 AM
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New development...

Every time my PC starts Windos wants to install a printer - that I don't even have connected. Nothing in my printer port at all. I tried to disable the device, didn't help, enabled, and now it wants to install a Printer port logical interface.

Could this be the acpi error? I don't know! Help me!

What is acpi even?

EDIT- I fixed the printer thing by installing some Windows drivers bla bla. System hasn't frozen since, but this does not mean problem solved, as the system may sometimes run half a day without locking up.....

Anyhow, I found this service in msconfig: dumprep 0 -k

I just disabled it - could this be the source of my problems?

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Old 06-11-03, 05:09 PM
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Development: Still freezes

The acpi errors takes place upon boot. Yes, there are 2 acpi errors.

I removed the cabinet sides, so it can't be heat. Updated vid. card. drivers. What could this be??
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Old 06-11-03, 09:03 PM
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Have you disabled Power Management in your BIOS?
Also look in Control Panel under Power Management and see if any ACPI options are enabled.
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Old 06-12-03, 01:54 AM
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I just changed "power schemes" from "home/office desk" to "Always on".

I have hibernation disabled, have had it for a long time.

UPS is NOT enabled. Should it be?

I wouldn't know how to enable it....

Hardware??
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Old 06-12-03, 03:52 AM
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Don't worry about the UPS panel.
What kind of Motherboard are you using?
Did you get freeze ups in Linux also?
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Old 06-12-03, 07:15 AM
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I am using an MSI ms-6340 mobo.

Well...no, but I have barely used it. So I can't tell if I'd get them in Linux too.
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Old 06-12-03, 07:18 AM
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Originally posted by Parcher
I just changed "power schemes" from "home/office desk" to "Always on".
as mentioned above.. youll want to try booting into your bios and disabling the power management there
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Old 06-12-03, 09:08 AM
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Comp just froze...problem not solved

Twikoff, what exactly is it I should do in BIOS?

How will this affect anything?

EDIT I found the entry IPCA which, after doing some searches, seems to be the same as ACPI. iI disabled it, BUT:

XP just hangs when it loads. It comes to the first loading screen, the black one with a white status indicator in the bottom. The status indicator loads fully, then hangs...

Anyhow, there was also an entry called power management. But I could only choose "User defined" "Max saving" "Min saving".

Which do I choose?

There was also an entry called Video card off. It was set to "suspended--->off" but I can change it to "always on".

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Old 06-13-03, 09:28 AM
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Heat is NOT the problem...

I have removed all of the cabinet I can and placed it on the floor away from everything else, and it's cold, not hot.

I am without clue of what to do!
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Old 06-14-03, 10:44 AM
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I doubt the whole thing has anything to do with software...

What should I do with the settings I described 2 posts back?
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