This discussion began over here
and I was getting some good input, but I decided that the issue needed its own thread, so here that thread is.
The story so far:
I have this Compaq Presario V6000
that stopped working due to a bad HD about 4 months ago. Betsy gave me her old HP to replace it, but that one gave in to irreparable issues a few weeks ago, as documented in this thread
. That story is only important to this one because it was the poor HP's sacrifice which made it possible to get the Compaq up and running again.
I moved the HD (which passed every conceivable test) from the HP into the Compaq, and got it running. I installed Windows
64), and got all the software I need on it to do the minor jobs I task my side lappy with (mostly just watching various chat rooms and project websites). It seemed to be doing just fine.
After everything was up and running, and I was no longer installing stuff, the system started freezing (the system stops responding (as far as I can tell), but the screen continues to show a static image. I can see exactly what was going on when the system stopped).
It'll consistently freeze 2-4 hours after each restart. It restarts just fine, other than assuring Widows
that everything is cool. It's usable, sure, but annoying, and since it's mostly just watching things that don't constantly change, I usually wouldn't notice until a couple hours after the freeze.
This seemed like a heat issue to me, so I installed Core Temp
and left it up, so I could see the temps when it crashed. The temps were high (between 55 and 75c), but not super high, and the lack of consistent temp on crash was suspicious, so I got a CPU tester to both test the CPUs function, and to give it a good load. At 100% load for 6 straight hours, with temps up in the high 80s, the system did not freeze. Two hours after the test was over, andthe CPU was back down around 55c, the system froze. So, that seemed pretty clear that it's not heat.
As a standard diagnostic measure, I also ran Memtest86
overnight that night. No errors, and it didn't freeze.
So, in summary of that summary:
System ( Presario V600 - Win7
64) frequently freezes.
Not a heat issue, determined by load testing.
HD passes CHKDSK and CrystalDiscInfo
RAM passes memtest86
10 passes in a row.
CPU passes all Hot CPU Tester PRO
fitness tests 100% from
Any suggestions? Do I have another hopeless lappy?