PC locking up, tried a bunch of things
I haven't posted here in awhile nor have I been in the technology loop for a few years as I tend to build nice systems that last years so I don't need to pay attention to what's powerful and fast.
Anyhow, I don't know how to cover all the important points without being long-winded so if you want a log file of some sort please ask me which one so I can produce it for you.
My problem is, my computer randomly freezes on full-screen videos and World of Warcraft(the only game I play right now), and when I say it freezes on those, I mean instantly. In wow, I don't even see the log-in screen(or if I do, it freezes before loading the game world). The picture goes scrambled and the sound starts skipping really fast. This lasts for a few seconds then the sound stops and I have to force a shut down. As well, the next 2-3 start ups, windows wont load, but it will by about the 4th or 5th try after a lock up.
I just got done solving why my computer took so long to boot into Windows(we're talking 15 minutes literally, or longer) and that was from a hard drive detected by BIOS but not listed in the administrative area of storage devices and hard drives. So I unplugged that drive and at least now Windows boots fast again so I can keep trying different problems.
I've reinstalled Windows 64 7 Ultimate about 3-4 times in the past week or so to no avail. I attribute this to not being able to boot from the CD. I'm using an illegitimate copy for now cause I plan on buying Windows when I build a new computer soon anyways. But that's not that point.
So I found an article that tells you how to get around this by rearranging the boot folders and files on the CD you're going to burn before you burn it, but it was very vague and I couldn't figure it out(have 6 DVDs on hand atm).
I can browse windows fine, nothing is overclocked and the side is off of my case. Taking a small 200mm house fan for cooling yourself off and sticking it right on the video card/cpu area doesn't seem to help.
A friend that runs a computer repair shop says it could be a root kit or MBR nuisance but since I don't know how to get these CDs to boot after post so I can deleted the partition then format the fresh one before install, I'm not sure if that's it or not. I also don't have another computer at the house(despite having 3 total) to put my video card in or use a video card from one of those, same for ram.
Core 2 Duo e8500 3.16ghz
4gb DDR2 1600 Dominator
1gb 420 stream EVGA nVidia GTX 280
320 Serial ATA 2.0 x 2, 500gb MyBook external
EVGA 780i 3x SLI motherboard.
If you need any documents or logs or such please let me know. Although my gut tells me something is either cooked on the board(I did have it overclocked to 4ghz for awhile, but bumped it down to 3.5 when I started playing wow), or I have a bad sata controller.
At the same time, it'll go PMS on me and let me play till early hours of the morning for a couple days, then go back to locking up again.
There are no BSODs or error messages, just straight up rainbow colored lock ups with frozen sound.