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[filmscanners] system freezes



Nick,
Thanks for your reply and suggestions. I have no SCSI and find it hard
to imagine that it might be the mb. I do plan to swap ram for a test.
All cooling fans are ok and the power supply is an expensive silent
variety, top quality. What gets me is how it started slowly...once a
week, then veeeery gradually became more frequent. It also seems to come
in little bursts, like a few times then a gap of a day. Also, it rarely
happens at night, mostly midafternoon. Go figure!! I think it is some
background Windows process.  If I try a repair reinstall, do you happen
to know (XPPro) if I retain *all* my settings and everything else?

Ed Verkaik


----- Original Message -----
From: <nick.grasso@hrads.com>
To: <verkaik@sympatico.ca>
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 1:19 PM
Subject: [filmscanners] Re: HD failure [was RE: keeping the 16bitscans}




Ed Verkaik wrote:

>>>If you all want a *real* problem to solve, try figuring out why my
XPPro
1.3G A7A-266 512ram system is freezing randomly many times a day. (began
6mo ago, slowly getting worse, not cpu/mb temp, not software added, not
standby/hibernate, etc).  It happens more while scanning [scanner
connection for my post :-)] but also when doing nothing. It's driving me
nuts!!<<<

This sounds like a hardware problem to me. I had a very similar problem
with my
last system (Pentium 200MMX). It would lock up randomly 2 or 3 times a
week. In
my case, it was almost certainly the motherboard. I tried everything
else, e.g.,
replace the memory, SCSI cards, software, etc., etc. When I got a new
system,
the problem went away despite the fact that I put much of my old
hardware into
the new system including the hard drive with the old OS. It definitely
wasn't
software.

Is your scanner SCSI? If so, try removing the SCSI card and all SCSI
devices and
running the system for a few days. Of course, if your boot disk is SCSI,
you
won't be able to do this. Other things to try are: replace the SCSI card
with
another one, replace the SCSI cables, make sure termination and other
jumpers
are set correctly on all SCSI devices. For example, their is one SCSI
jumper
setting (sorry, I don't remember which one) that must be set the same
for all
devices on the chain.

If none of that works, or if you don't have SCSI, you will have to
remove each
hardware device one at a time and see if the problem goes away. You
might also
try replacing the power supply. Actually, I read somewhere that the
power supply
is the one part of a PC that is most likely to fail (I've had several
fail on
me). When they start to fail, all kinds of weird stuff can happen. Also,
are all
your cooling fans working?

Hope this helps. I know how you feel - I lived with the problem for
years before
I could finally afford a new system.

Nick


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