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    Motherboard/HD/RAM issues

    I'm not sure which hardware component is causing my incredibly frequent PC crashes, but I think I have it narrowed down to either the MB/HD/or RAM, although I am pretty sure its MB, let me know what you think:

    Computer likes to crash when:
    Copying files from one local to another (even on same PC)
    I work with multiple programs at one time
    I try to save a file after making 1 change to it
    Sometimes on startup
    Alot of other seemingly random yet critical times

    Also, my mouse "jerks" onscreen aboout 2-3 times before crashes. Sometimes it will jerk around (like a really low fps would look like) and then be fine for a while, but mostly ends in a crash.

    PLEASE HELP, THIS THING IS DRIVING ME NUTS! Which component do you think it is?

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    I don't think it's the hard disk...

    Have you tried replacing the RAM or testing it in another machine? Also what cooling do you have on there?

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    Its a pretty wimped out PC, so cooling is only at 1 case fan and 1 processor fan. This computer was the best in the office a few months back, and now it freaked out and likes to freeze up alot, and both the fans are going strong, so i dont think its overheating....but that may be another alternative.

    Oh yeah, another thing that makes it freeze: PLUG IN ANY USB DEVICE
    It doesn't like those for some reason, which makes me think MB more than anything, but heat sounds like it could be an issue too....

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    Are your chipset drivers installed properly?

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    Hm...i'll reinstall those tonight...let you know how it works out. Thanks.

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    ok..also upgrade your BIOS to the latest version

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    BIOS was already current and chipset drivers reinstalled to most current versions! Problems solved: none.

    Well at least I know that its not a chipset driver problem, which makes me think even more that its a hardware issue, but I still may be wrong...what next?

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    tried testing the ram in another machine?

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    Checking the Hard disk for errors might get you somewhere. If you are having trouble loading applications, saving files, then this might be the culprit.
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    If it's an old pc maybe needs some new paste on the Processor,sounds like its getting to hot under pressure.

    I hope this helps

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    Yeah, away from cooling paste the fan would be able to take a lot of the heat off the CPU. However, cooling paste is an effective cooling method.


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