Following a fatal overheating issue with the laptop I used to play TF2 on, I recently built a new PC.
Specs are as follow:
Motherboard: Asus TUF B450 PLUS GAMING
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor
GPU: KFA2 GeForce GTX 1060 OC REDBLACK, 6 Go
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 550 G3, 550W
Case is Aerocool CyberX Advance. I used the hard drives that were in my laptop, which are 2 500Go HDD in RAID 0 from Hitachi, with Windows 8.1 on a separate partition.
Now for my issue. Upon building, everything worked fine, I had to install the new drivers on the new computer, and was ready to play again.
However, 3 days after I started using my computer, it randomly froze. It became completely unresponsive with a still image, and ppl couldn't hear me nor could I hear them on Mumble anymore.
After this incident, I power cycled the computer, and it has never been able to start since. I get through the BIOS, and as I reach Windows, 5 or 10 seconds in, the same freeze happens. It is worth noting that it can freeze on a screen that is still blank or right as I'm about to reach the desktop. From an exterior standpoint, the computer seems to keep working normally (fans are spinning, no particular noise from the drives). The odd thing is this freeze never occurs if I stay in the BIOS menu.
I browsed Google and tried a lot of fixes which I listed below:
1. My first approach was taking a look at temperatures in the BIOS upon startup. Those were averaging 27/36 degrees for the Motherboard/CPU, with all 4 fans spinning.
2. Following this I started trying to fix my OS:
-Safe-mode (same thing happened)
-Use a command prompt to use bootrec, rebuild bcd, also tried to copy the registry from RegBack
-Restore to a previous save point which was dated to a time my computer was still working
-Tried starting without peripherals in order to identify USB driver issues
-Build a recovery thumb drive and tried to run the repair tool through that, which lead to the computer freezing in the same fashion.
-Eventually, since I was not getting anywhere, I decided to Refresh my PC, which supposedly resets your Windows settings while keeping all your files. After this refresh, I now get the 0x000000f error when I start Windows.
3. After that, I’ve came to the conclusion that the issue was in my hard drives. Ran a bootable HDD Regenrator, and both were said to be working fine. I unplugged both of them from the computer, installed Ubuntu Linux on a thumb drive and started trying to boot from there. Same freeze occurs. In a final attempt, I ran a MemCheck, which ran smoothly.
I also decided to buy a SSD to replace the hard drives, which hasn’t arrived yet.
I have ran out of ideas, and I am more than welcome for suggestions. I am planning to post this on specialized forums too.