From: bobby on 06/25/2001
I have been having some bizarre locking problems, and I am going to bat (so to speak) with my parts/pc store I use, so I am looking for more ideas that I can hit them with. I purchased a system from them and had them build it (I was in a hurry that day.)
I noticed it seemed to be locking up while I played final fantasy 7, but I assumed it was a chipset incapability until 3 months after I bought it (I know, but I have multiple machines.....)
I reinstalled the system and starting noticing lock up after an hour or two hour (sometimes more or less, depending on the temperature.)
***at this point I checked the fans, and everything was clean and good - I have a mid tower case, fan on front, and vent fan on power supply, plus the heatsink fan (and yes it was rated for up to a 1.2 ghz athlon, while mine was only a 1000ghz one.)
I continued to have these problems. So I returned it to the store, and the techs (after a week of testing) decided that it was software related. I took it home, switched from 98 to 2000, still had the same problem, and took it back. They claimed it was still a software issue.
I brought it home, switched hard drives, video cards, switched to using the motherboard sound, and took out my extra cd-rom drive, and uninstalled my usb devices (then zero'ed out the hard drive and reinstalled 98)
At this point I have installed Win 98, Win NT, Win 2000, redhat linux and BSD, using 3 different hard drives. I still have the same problems (I have completely zero'ed out the sectors,countless times.)
This last time, I bought a new cpu (800mhz instead of 1000) and I still have the same problem.
According to my cpu monitoring software, when it locks, it is running about 52 - 55 degrees celsius.
I have also made sure to load the system service packs and updates before loading the agp drivers