Computer Freezing. Fixed by reseating RAM?

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  1. Videodrome

    Videodrome Mind Blown

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    My gaming computer is a Republic of Gamers ASUS STRIX Notebook with 12 GB of RAM. It has a Solid State Drive and Hard Drive and where I store my Steam Games. I also dual boot Windows 10 and Arch Linux.

    Steam games started to freeze in Windows and programs in Arch Linux would also freeze so it didn't have to do with the OS. I tried running a Live Linux which also froze while playing YouTube. Then I even tried a Memtest+86 which froze.

    So I opened it up and tried taking out RAM sticks to test them individually and it seems like the freezing issue has gone away?

    One thought on this is a few months ago my apartment building had a small fire so I wonder if some smoke got in there. I did try to blow it out with canned air but maybe some still got in there.

    Just wondered if anyone else had any like this happen to their gaming rig. I'm hoping this really is fixed I just put DOOM on it.
     
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    WTF so far it's running fine now.

    Unexpected but I'll take it.
     
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    I'm still getting random freezes in both Windows and Linux. This is so f***ing annoying and this Laptop is only just over a year old. When it's not freezing though, my Steam games look really good at least.

    So I booted MemTest live from USB. I was looking at various tests selected Benchmark and it froze up at 50%. I just tried to reboot it and nothing happened. I tried yet again and it came up so I'm running MemTest passes.

    I guess this is likely bad RAM contacts for some reason, so I'm deciding if I should get contact cleaner or let a PC Shop do it for me who actually have tools. It would be nice if the RAM is actually still good and the contacts just need to be brushed or something.

    Then I can have a quick cheap fix and get back to DooM.
     
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    Yes, reseating RAM modules has sorted freezing issues in the past. However if you are still getting freezing issues, try another memory module if you can. It could be bad ram module or memory bank.
     
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    I just played through a level of DooM, but tuned to just High instead of Ultra and I didn't freeze this time.

    I'm wondering if I coincidentally had two different issues with both Windows and Linux. I was running a project in Arch Linux in VirtualBox that was behaving very strangely when I ran updates. I think I'm going to let Arch Linux go and try something else. I liked Arch for being very lean and fast, but they use the newest version of packages so maybe something broke in their updates.

    I'm thinking of going back to Netrunner Linux with the Debian base.
     
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    I'm stumped. The laptop froze with Dragonball Fighterz and just recently again with DooM.

    I'm thrown many tests at it for RAM, GPU, or CPU and it passed. I opened it and didn't see much dust, but blew canned air in there anyway. The laptop doesn't feel that hot to me, but maybe it's to warm around the CPU or something. Cooling pad is still running well.

    What is awkward is I played almost an hour before it froze on DooM so it's weird looking for such an intermittent problem.
     
    #6 Videodrome, Apr 15, 2018 at 11:45 PM
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    Heat...
    Maybe the gpu/cpu paste needs to be reapplied?
     
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