Solved System freezing with no apparent warning within minutes of bootup


Kaizen777

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Hello brilliant wizards!

My system is freezing up typically within 2-15 minutes of boot.
No visible warning, no BSOD, it just freezes and I have to reboot.


I recently reinstalled Win11 from scratch to have a fresh system.
After I did that I was having this exact issue.
After some days the problem somehow resolved itself… seems like disabling all non-MS services and startup items helped.. But I'm not 100% sure.
It ran flawlessly for some weeks with zero issues. That leads me to believe it probably isn't a hardware issue, but I can't be certain.
I was planning to backup image my system during that time, but kept putting it off to make sure everything was truly stable. DOH
The freezing problem resurfaced after a windows update on 5/1 or 5/2. Could be a coincidence. I tried system restore three times to a time prior to the windows update and this does not fix the issue, however it does give me an hour or two before the freezing starts again. The extended time before freezing after system restore could be a coincidence, but is a pattern that I witnessed three times.

I'm already running the minimal boot, (I forget the name). All non-microsoft servcies are disabled and all startup items disabled. Still freezing.

Thank you in advance for any assistance, much appreciated!!
 
Windows Build/Version
23H2 (OS Build 22631.3447)

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
Is all the hardware recognized by the OS? Seen under Device Manager. After installing the OS did you install the latest AMD Chipset drivers? The ones from AMD directly not the ones provided by Asus!
You might be able to look under Event Viewer --> Windows Logs and see if you notice any suspicious errors being logged at a time when the lockups occur.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win 7/10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    I'm a computer enthusiast so have quite a few systems that I run. More like an advanced hobby.
It could also be insufficient or improperly applied thermal compound.


@Kaizen777


I gave you ten reaction points for filling out your computer specs and posting your Windows version. :-)
 
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    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3737 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
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    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
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    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
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    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
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    Logitech Optical M-100
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    300/300
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    Firefox (latest)
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    Bitdefender Internet Security
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    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
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    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
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    PC/Desktop
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    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
It could also be insufficient or improperly applied thermal compound.
I had thought of that as well too and was going to mention overheating CPU. Something else to consider with sudden freeze ups is a video issue. As in video driver issues will many times see a complete freeze up with no warning.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win 7/10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    I'm a computer enthusiast so have quite a few systems that I run. More like an advanced hobby.
Thank you! @BamaInArk @Ghot
Yes, all the hardware is recognized by the OS. I did install the latest AMD Chipset drivers directly from AMD. I just updated them. I avoided any ASUS bloatware.
Event Viewer - I've been watching that every time it crashes. Rarely a clue, but THIS JUST IN!

I downloaded the program Core Temp to monitor CPU temps since reading your replies.
(peak temp so far at 73c while doing basic stuff, usually hovering in the 38 to 42c range)

What's interesting is that while that program is running it does not freeze, it reboots instead!
And in the event viewer I now find this: (Both APIC ID: 30 and APIC ID: 1)

A fatal hardware error has occurred.

Reported by component: Processor Core
Error Source: Machine Check Exception
Error Type: Cache Hierarchy Error
Processor APIC ID: 30


The details view of this entry contains further information.


And I found this one from days ago I missed:
WHEA-Logger
A fatal hardware error has occurred.


Reported by component: Processor Core
Error Source: Machine Check Exception
Error Type: Bus/Interconnect Error
Processor APIC ID: 0


The details view of this entry contains further information.

Regarding a potential thermal compound issue - perhaps - I did flip the AIO pump block around awhile ago out of necessity to fit all four DIMMs when I installed the 128gb RAM. Pretty sure I did good with the thermal compound but perhaps not?

Although I did have a freeze after updating the chipset drivers, I seem to be having an abnormally long uptime right now.
I'm assuming the issue is not yet fixed.
I'm attempting to image the system, if that works I will restore the image I made after I did a fresh Win11 install with drivers and see if that still freezes or not. That should tell me if it is hardware related or software related, I suppose. Unless you have a better diagnostic path to follow. =D

I could suspect it's my 128gb of RAM... but.. I did have several weeks of zero issues. Windows memory diagnostics had no errors. I did run MemTest86 after installing and had zero errors, though I did only run it one time while I was out of town. It took over three days!


Is all the hardware recognized by the OS? Seen under Device Manager. After installing the OS did you install the latest AMD Chipset drivers? The ones from AMD directly not the ones provided by Asus!
You might be able to look under Event Viewer --> Windows Logs and see if you notice any suspicious errors being logged at a time when the lockups occur.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
On second thought, restoring to that fresh Win11 install isn't going to help -- I realized as mentioned it had freezing issues until they went away on their own... then came back weeks later.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
Are you using 4 sticks of RAM? If so try only using 2 and see if the errors still occur.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 7/10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    I'm a computer enthusiast so have quite a few systems that I run. More like an advanced hobby.
If the errors occur with two sticks, try one stick.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3737 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?
Please check 'active disk usage' from the task manager ?
I had a similar problem.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Assembled
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700k
    Motherboard
    Asrock Z270 Taichi
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 630 onboard
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 1080p
    Screen Resolution
    1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe, SSD and HDD
    Case
    Cooler Master
    Keyboard
    Asus wireless
    Mouse
    Asus Wireless
    Internet Speed
    75 Mbps
    Browser
    Chrome, Edge, Arc
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
I'm actually happy to see that the errors persisted with two and even one stick of RAM.
(Happy because I need my 128gb, lol)


If the errors occur with two sticks, try one stick.
Are you using 4 sticks of RAM? If so try only using 2 and see if the errors still occur.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
Thank you, disk usage appears to be low 0 to 1%. Will keep an eye on that, so far no spikes.

Please check 'active disk usage' from the task manager ?
I had a similar problem.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
Thank you, disk usage appears to be low 0 to 1%. Will keep an eye on that, so far no spikes.

Most often with issues like yours I first check that the hardware is seated properly. First the Ram & GPU and lastly the CPU (because it’s the most annoying to reseat) And often it fixes small annoyances.
Perhaps checking the Ram caused it to seat properly when you put the sticks back in?
 
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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
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    Sin-built
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
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    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
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    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
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    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
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    Laptop
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    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
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    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Are you using DOCP(XMP) for ram? If so turn that off and let the memory run at default. Just for troubleshooting. If you have a 2nd GPU to test with try that too. You might have to try and run DDU and remove all the video drivers. You could try this and just let the 4090 run using default windows drivers. As in no Nvidia driver. If you do ahead and do this run DDU in Safe Mode then select the setting to shut down afterward. Once it shuts down then power off the power supply completely.

You also might try these 2 commands at a command prompt w/Admin: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
followed by SFC /scannow

I also might suggest if you have a spare M.2 drive to troubleshoot with is to remove your boot drive(or both) and use another drive to do a test install of Win11.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 7/10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    I'm a computer enthusiast so have quite a few systems that I run. More like an advanced hobby.
peak temp so far at 73c while doing basic stuff

That is suspect. At idle, my (slightly older) 3950X is below 40° C, and when playing CPU intensive games, it is not pushing much above 60° C. If you're doing 'basic' things and it climbs to 73° C, then I suspect that your heatsink is not making proper contact.

How is the radiator mounted in your system, and have you watched the GN and / or Jayz Two Cents video on proper mounting? Since you changed the orientation of the cooler on the CPU that might be causing an issue.

Also, double check to see if that model is not known to have issues with problematic gunk inside the pump and cooling fins, I know there were some AIOs that had an issue like that, that you may not have experienced before simply because the (previous) orientation overcame the buildup, but now changing it around *is* causing issues.

This thread has links to both GN and JTC vides regarding orientation:

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
RAM definitely is seated properly. I just reseated the GPU, still freezing.
I did notice that I was able to screw in one of the four screws holding my AIO pump over the CPU about 5 full turns. Interesting.
Still freezing.
I will try reseating the CPU completely as a last resort.. and I'm coming to that quickly at this point.
Thanks!

Most often with issues like yours I first check that the hardware is seated properly. First the Ram & GPU and lastly the CPU (because it’s the most annoying to reseat) And often it fixes small annoyances.
Perhaps checking the Ram cause it to seat properly when you put the sticks back in?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
Turned off DOCP, still freezing.
I do have some spare GPUs I could try.
Question - if it is locking up in Safe Mode is there any point to trying the DDU approach?
Because ya, it locked up in Safe Mode. =D

I totally forgot I have a 2tb SSD that was main boot drive prior to installing this 4tb SSD. That installation wasn't freezing. I tried popping that back into the secondary M.2 slot and set the bios to boot from that. There is now some windows.efi issue with that and it won't boot. Argh. I was excited to try that.

Are you using DOCP(XMP) for ram? If so turn that off and let the memory run at default. Just for troubleshooting. If you have a 2nd GPU to test with try that too. You might have to try and run DDU and remove all the video drivers. You could try this and just let the 4090 run using default windows drivers. As in no Nvidia driver. If you do ahead and do this run DDU in Safe Mode then select the setting to shut down afterward. Once it shuts down then power off the power supply completely.

You also might try these 2 commands at a command prompt w/Admin: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth
followed by SFC /scannow

I also might suggest if you have a spare M.2 drive to troubleshoot with is to remove your boot drive(or both) and use another drive to do a test install of Win11.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
I totally forgot I have a 2tb SSD that was main boot drive prior to installing this 4tb SSD. That installation wasn't freezing. I tried popping that back into the secondary M.2 slot and set the bios to boot from that. There is now some windows.efi issue with that and it won't boot. Argh. I was excited to try that.

You may need to remove the 4 TB completely so the 2 TB can boot, if you want to continue this line of testing.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
Turned off DOCP, still freezing.
I do have some spare GPUs I could try.
Question - if it is locking up in Safe Mode is there any point to trying the DDU approach?
Because ya, it locked up in Safe Mode. =D

I totally forgot I have a 2tb SSD that was main boot drive prior to installing this 4tb SSD. That installation wasn't freezing. I tried popping that back into the secondary M.2 slot and set the bios to boot from that. There is now some windows.efi issue with that and it won't boot. Argh. I was excited to try that.
I think if it's locking up in Safe Mode that really tends to point to a hardware issue. Memory or Graphics issue...hardware itself? Hopefully not the CPU. Or as mentioned about overheating too. I would still attempt another clean install using a different M.2 drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 7/10/11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    I'm a computer enthusiast so have quite a few systems that I run. More like an advanced hobby.
You need to take your PC to your computer repair shop.

Malfunctioning hardware can't be fixed by reinstalling Windows.

The damaged component has to be replaced! Good luck.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP ZBook G2
    CPU
    Intel® Core i7 5500u
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Family Graphics AMD Firepro 4150M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Audio
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 24H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Zbook G4
    CPU
    Xeon 1535m v6
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Quadro Pro 4100
    Sound Card
    Bang and Olufson Audio
    Hard Drives
    1TB SSD
    Mouse
    HP USB Mouse
    Antivirus
    Zone Alarm Free Antivirus/Zone Alarm Free Firewall NEXT GEN
Repair shop? Those words do not compute =D
I would sooner get my hands on an alternate mobo and alternate CPU to test.
Isn't that what a repair shop would do anyway?
I don't think a faulty mobo or cpu can be fixed, just replaced.
But thanks!


You need to take your PC to your computer repair shop.

Malfunctioning hardware can't be fixed by reinstalling Windows.

The damaged component has to be replaced! Good luck.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Ryzen 5950X
    Motherboard
    Asus Rog Crosshair Dark Hero X570
    Memory
    128GB Corsair Vengeance RT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Zotac RTX 4090 Airo Extreme
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Q900TS
    Screen Resolution
    8K
    Hard Drives
    WD SN850X 4TB
    WD SN850 2TB
    Seagate EXOS 18TB
    PSU
    EVGA 1200W Platinum
    Case
    Lian Li O11 Dynamic XL
    Cooling
    Corsair QT fans (10), EK AIO 360MM radiator
    Keyboard
    Corsair K100
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