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    Constant random freezes

    Sorry for the dumb question in advance.

    I have been trying to get Ubuntu to work on my machine for almost 2 months now. I've tried almost every Ubuntu-based distro out there and all of them freeze at completely random times.
    When I managed to install it on my hard drive without it freezing mid-install it still froze constantly when using it. I've got no idea what the issue is or how to fix it but all I know is that the mouse doesn't move at all and ctrl+alt+f2 doesn't do anything while it's frozen.

    I doubt it's my graphics card or CPU overheating because I can run them at very hot temperatures without any glitches or freezes on Windows.

    If anyone could help me I would be extremely appreciative. This issue has been frustrating me for so long and I hate to join a forum just to ask for support but no one else seems to have this issue, and the Ubuntu community is known to be really helpful and nice compared to other Linux communities.

    My hardware specs:

    Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 6970

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

    PSU: Thermaltake TR2-800AH2NFB

    RAM: I'm not sure what kind of RAM I've got, however I do know that I have 4GB of it and I ran a memtest on it. It showed no problems with it at all.

    Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD Pro

    Again, I apologize for the extremely stupid question but I'm really desperate here. I'm loving Ubuntu on my laptop and I think I would love it even more on a fairly decent gaming PC instead of having to use Windows 7 to do things Ubuntu can do even better.

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    Re: Constant random freezes

    I think that it could be something with your hard drive, so i'm going to ask you some thing:

    ¿is your system only running ubuntu, or is the disk partition?
    ¿have you tried any hard drive tool for bad sectors?

    I'm going to assume that the answer to #2 is not, in that case i recommend you download hiren's boot and do a HD check with either DRevitalize 1.2, or
    Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools 1.24 if you happen to have a western digital HD.

    Let me know if it worked, or if you need help with any of the steps (also answer the questions ).

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    Re: Constant random freezes

    Quote Originally Posted by Q-ro View Post
    I think that it could be something with your hard drive, so i'm going to ask you some thing:

    ¿is your system only running ubuntu, or is the disk partition?
    ¿have you tried any hard drive tool for bad sectors?

    I'm going to assume that the answer to #2 is not, in that case i recommend you download hiren's boot and do a HD check with either DRevitalize 1.2, or
    Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools 1.24 if you happen to have a western digital HD.

    Let me know if it worked, or if you need help with any of the steps (also answer the questions ).
    The disk is partitioned, I have two hard drives. My first hard drive is partitioned into two partitions. One for Windows 7 64 bit and one for Windows 7 32 bit. My second hard drive is just for big files that I don't want clogging up my machine. I'll try a hard drive checking tool now. Thanks for the answer.

    Edit: Oh, and yes both of the hard drives are made by Western Digital.
    Last edited by hexg; October 20th, 2012 at 07:51 AM. Reason: Forgot to add the part about WD

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    Re: Constant random freezes

    Did you run a memory test recently? On random freezes a possible reason may be a corrupt RAM chip. If you decide to run memtest, let it run for several rounds, since memory problems often don't show up during the first cycle (happend to me).

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    Re: Constant random freezes

    Quote Originally Posted by 2F4U View Post
    Did you run a memory test recently? On random freezes a possible reason may be a corrupt RAM chip. If you decide to run memtest, let it run for several rounds, since memory problems often don't show up during the first cycle (happend to me).
    I ran it overnight and it found nothing.

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    Re: Constant random freezes

    So after running the Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools it said some sectors are bad and can be repaired. When I hit "repair" it said I should back up my data on the drive I'm attempting to repair, but I had already backed up all my important things a while ago when trying to install Ubuntu for the first time.

    When I started the bad sector repair I got this message:

    If you can't see the image the error message says:
    Error was detected while repairing bad sectors. Please contact WD technical support for help.
    Should I try another disk tool or should I just give up?
    Last edited by hexg; October 20th, 2012 at 11:44 AM. Reason: Forgot what the tool is called

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