(no subject) @ 09:00 pm
PC Issue Recap
I built the computer in April. It's a medium-high end gaming rig. Immediately upon setup, it would freeze randomly.
Go on, Google "Windows 7 randomly freezes" and see how many results you come up with.
* Not a virus, this was a clean install on a newly built computer.
* I updated the drivers and have been consistently keeping them up-to-date on a weekly basis.
* I tweaked the timings in the BIOS.
* I flashed the BIOS.
* I ran MEMtest, BurnIn, and a host of other diagnostic tools. All my hardware came up clean.
* I reseated the RAM anyway.
* I changed some registry settings.
* asking nicely
* rattles and chanting
* blood sacrifice
Eventually, a pattern became clear. The computer freezes when idle or using bandwidth. It does NOT freeze when watching videos or gaming (and if I can play Sims 3 with all the custom content at highest settings for hours without issue, it is NOT the video card). It does not freeze in normal safe mode. It DOES freeze in safe mode with networking.
* Did some more Googling with this new info as a focus. My ethernet controller is a Realtek and there have been some issues with Realteks conflicting with wireless cards.
* I played with some device settings that was supposed to resolve the issue. This did not work.
* I disabled the Realtek. This seemed to work for close to four weeks, then froze up again today several times in rapid succession.
Despair! But wait... the issue is definitely internet-related. That's pretty well established. And if it's not the ethernet adapter, what about the wireless card? Back to Google!
So. Apparently it's a known issue that the Ralink RT61 Wireless card can cause random freezing in computers that have more than 4 GB of RAM.
* Went to Best Buy, bought a Linksys USB wireless adapter. Disabled the Realtek. Reinabled the ethernet. Installed the drivers.
Let's see if that does it.
000 days since last freeze.