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Unexplained lockups I have an etower 600ix and after a few minutes of use, it will lock up. Since it locks up even while in the BIOS as well as linux and other environments, I am assuming it is some sort of CPU hard halt.


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I figured out what the problem was. The fan and heatsink was mounted backward. I just switched it around and now the thing works. For future reference, there wasn't an OS installed at all when it started freezing.
This is a common problem but not an easy one to diagnose\015\012because it has so many causes. Here are\015\012some common causes of lockups:\015\012Software incompatibility\015\012Hardware incompatibility or incorrect device driver\015\012Bad RAM\015\012Video card problems\015\012Dying power supply\015\012Processor getting too hot\015\012The first step in diagnosing the problem is to keep a\015\012journal showing exactly what you were doing each time the\015\012system froze. This can help you spot patterns - for\015\012example, if the lockup occurs when you try to print, or\015\012whenever you play a sound, that suggests a problem with\015\012the specific hardware device or its software driver.\015\012Heat, bad RAM or a power supply that's about to give out\015\012are more likely if the lockups are random.
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