11-05-2017 06:22 PM
So I've had this computer since about 2013 and since then have maybe gotten a couple years use out of it because of this persistant issue. I ended up buying a new mac and giving up on the whole thing till I started messing around with it this past month.
When I bought it it came with windows 8, I upgraded that to 8.1 and now in the past month ive got it running windows 10. keep in mind the problem was the same through all of this. I boot my computer up, It seems to run fine, loads up into windows, no problem. Then after a few minuets it starts freezing up, the disk goes either to 100% for no forseable reason, or it doesnt do anything. Its also happened where this will happen after a few hours of being fine, a few days, or almost instantaniously from clicking the on button. After locking up obiously it bluescreens, throwing errors like "inpage error" or "critical process died" have been the most common. Then if I try to restart it gives me hard disk failure. But if I leave it to sit a while it boots up just fine and repeats this process all over.
The first time few times this happened, I reset windows, still same problem. I also put a new hard drive in it and imidiatly ran into the same issue. But this is where things get intresting. So I created a bootable USB running ubuntu and booted into that on my PC and the problem seems to be gone. So i'm curious as to if its just some incompatible Bios or Software on my windows or something hardware like the motherboard.
Hardware wise all the capaciters seem to look fine to me but it just makes me think when it has to sit for an hour before it will work again if that isent the problem with it.
Intel core i5-4430 @ 3.00GHz Quad core
Nivida GTX something
Windows 10 64-bit
1TB Western Digital blue
11-06-2017 03:33 AM
You have changed the HDD, taken Microsoft out of the equation (Good Choice).
So it is not the HDD or probably not Microsoft Windows OS since you tried 2.
Ubuntu will be lighter in memory and write to different addresses, probably, for critical processes.
And as you speculate the capacitors, there to support the intense CPU activity, are fine, or Ubuntu is not so CPU intense.
So memtest86 overnight?
11-06-2017 09:31 AM - edited 11-06-2017 09:32 AM
I will give the memtest a try tonight when I get the chance. That would explain a lot if it were to be the memory. I have swapped them and tried them individually just to see if it would help, but the same result came of it. which does not nessasarly say much cause it only has 6GB and running the entire thing on 2 was proabably a bit much given it idles at over that when both are inserted.
11-06-2017 09:31 PM
So, Memtest results are in andddddd it showed up with no issue. But I did discover something else. The ram sticks are two differnt kinds. I knew before they were different sizes but its like HP just threw in a couple of ram sticks and called it good. SO now I'm wondering. The computer wokr objectivly fine for the first year or so I had it and then this issue arose. Could the ram sticks be incompatable? they run at the same clock rate but its two differnt brands and sizes
11-07-2017 01:11 AM
I would look at them with Speccy, but that may not show anything relevant.
Size 8192 MBytes
Max Bandwidth PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
Part Number M471B1G73DB0-YK0
Serial Number 328347847
Week/year 33 / 15
Frequency CAS# Latency RAS# To CAS# RAS# Precharge tRAS tRC Voltage
JEDEC #1 381.0 MHz 5.0 5 5 14 19 1.350 V
JEDEC #2 457.1 MHz 6.0 6 6 16 22 1.350 V
JEDEC #3 533.3 MHz 7.0 7 7 19 26 1.350 V
JEDEC #4 609.5 MHz 8.0 8 8 22 30 1.350 V
JEDEC #5 685.7 MHz 9.0 9 9 24 33 1.350 V
JEDEC #6 761.9 MHz 10.0 10 10 27 37 1.350 V
JEDEC #7 800.0 MHz 11.0 11 11 28 39 1.350 V