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PC Aggravation - Not sure of the cause

TheShape

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Here is the deal, I will try to explain it the best I can.

I formatted my HD a few months back trying to alleviate this problem. But the problem is back.

After my mcahine is on for a little while (hour or 2) the lower half of my screen becomes inactive. If I have a few windows open and they show in the taskbar, after I close them out, they are still there. If I mouse over any portion of the taskbar including the start button, I get the hourglass. I have checked all processes running, ran a spysweeper sheck, antivirus check, found no problems. After a few minutes, all of the clicking I have done happens at once so all the windows maximize, then minimize and then becomes inactive again. If I do ctrl alt del, I can manually close them out, but the pc freezes forcing me to reboot. After reboot, everything is good. For a while that is.

I have replaced almost every part excluding the CPU, Mobo, and PSU. The ram is cheap off brand, but I dont think it is the culprit. I am out of ideas. Any suggestions would be helpful.


Athlon XP 2100
Windows XP Pro SP2
768 MB ram
80 GB WD HD
ATI X850 Pro
350w PSU


TheShape :banghead:
 
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i would say gfx card
 
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#3
grafics card wouldnt interfere with operating system just the picture.

my guess would be a cpu overheating issue since it takes warm up time to go skitzo.

i think the next step is check the fins of the cpu cooler for dust and try leaving side off of computer so you can see if the cpu fan slows down indicating bearings failure.
 

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Its the things you havent checked - CPU or PSU.

CPU may be dying (or as above mentioned) overheating, and/or the PSU may be dying
 

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Thanks for the advice. It has been giving me crap for a long time now, random reboots, and such. It is just time for a new build.
 

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id say heat from the cpu