Hello all, I am in desperate need of help with my computer, and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas, or tips that would help. Here’s the situation.
I bought this computer about 2 months ago, HP m9300t. It worked beautifully the first month or so. I added a few upgrades, an extra hdd, a new psu, and a 8800gt gpu. The addition of the new psu and gpu were done about 2 days before I had to move home and then leave for vacation so pretty much I added the psu and gpu, used it for a day and a half before it was packed up and moved. When I got back from my vacation, I set up my computer and everything seemed normal enough. Then I set up my new webcam, which caused my computer to freeze when using it with AIM. I thought nothing of it, and figured it was just some random error. Following that the computer begin to freeze randomly. At first I thought it had something to do with the web cam so I un-installed it, and it still froze. Then i noticed a trend with me surfing the net and going to flash and java heavy sites, so I uninstalled those, and it still froze. Tired of it all, I factory restored my computer thinking that it would be fine. It worked well as I begin to install things back on my computer, but then oddly enough half a day after the factory restore it froze again. Thinking it had something to do with AIM, I factory restored one more time, and it continues to freeze randomly to this day, a fustrating 2.5 weeks later.
I have also tried taking out the new gpu and replacing it with the old one that I knew had no conflict and was in working order, but it continued to freeze. I’ve also unplugged my extra harddrive to make sure that it was not causing the problem. The freezing seems to occur randomly when the computer is being used and not when it is sitting idle. Sometimes I can use the computer for nearly a day without it freezing, and sometimes it’ll freeze, i’ll do a hard shutdown, turn it back on and have it freeze again 5 minutes later. Another hard shutdown and it might work for the rest of the day.
I began to think that it was the primary hdd dying after 2 months, but I’ve run a few third party test to check the (S.M.A.R.T.) of the hdd for errors and everything has come back working in at 100%, I’ve also tried to listen to any strange sounds, but I don’t hear anything, so I’m not sure if its the hdd.
Computer freezes randomy
Tried Factory restore twice
Not the fault of the new GPU
Not the fault of the secondary HDD
Basically I really can’t expect anyone to say “oh this is your problem” but I’d really appreciate it if someone has any tests or ideas or things I could run to try to solve this annoying problem. Thanks SO Much!