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by diribigal
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Applejack's Cider Stand
Topic: Technical Computer Stuff
Replies: 61
Views: 2433

Re: Technical Computer Stuff

My desktop is being really difficult to use, and I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations as to what to do.

Basically, I had intermittent freezes, and I updated my graphics driver and stopped using my old USB hub simultaneously, and that happened to coincide with it not freezing for a while (a couple months?).

Then I got a new USB hub and better USB cables and started running a graphics intensive game all around the same time, and it froze a couple times in one day, including once as I unplugged the extra power from the USB hub as a test so I disconnected the USB hub entirely and it worked fine for a whole day (while running a game that made significant use of the graphics card, whose temperature has stayed low always).

Since then, it decided it was not okay anymore and freezes within 15 min of successful boot, safe mode or no. And it also doesn't start up properly after it freezes, so a freeze is really like two or three hard power-offs to get back on track. This still seems to be vaguely related to USB stuff since plugging in a USB device seems to trigger freezes sometimes, but it seem it will freeze on its own no matter what I do.

I've seen parts like memory or hard drives die before, but I don't have experience with something quite like this.

Should I buy a new motherboard? Go the extra mile to use a non-USB keyboard and a wireless card to see if simply avoiding USB use altogether stops it from freezing? Take it to a shop where someone can see if it's a power-supply issue or a motherboard issue or some other kind of issue? Ask on some bigger computer forum?
by diribigal
Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Applejack's Cider Stand
Topic: Technical Computer Stuff
Replies: 61
Views: 2433

Re: Technical Computer Stuff

Kronos wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:12 am
If you're having problems with booting the system, either your BIOS is bad or your Motherboard is shot. I'm inclined to believe the latter as that would also explain why the freezing happens even without USB, but even faster with USB connections.

It wouldn't be your power supply as if that was bad, the thing would just randomly shut off.
Thanks for the thoughts. I got a second opinion, and as far as I can tell by
1. Removing the GPU and having no problems,
2. Replacing the power supply (and putting the GPU back) and having no problems,

It was the power supply maybe not dying, but not being able to handle the draw anymore. As a bonus, I seem to be getting more out of the GPU than I was able to on that day when things seemed fine.

There just seems to have been some weird quirk (separate problem?) about having trouble rebooting after a freeze, followed by holding the power button instead of pressing the reset button.
by diribigal
Fri May 18, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Applejack's Cider Stand
Topic: Technical Computer Stuff
Replies: 61
Views: 2433

Re: Technical Computer Stuff

I had a laptop that was dying due to physical ossies and a clean linux install made it run basically smoothly again, for a little while, and then that gradually degraded too.