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Had suspected recent Nvidia Drivers causing PC to hang on BIOS screen, freeze, and hang at shutdown. Fixed - with BIOS update.

I had started having lock-ups of my system, and hanging on shut-down. It started about two/maybe-three months ago.

I recalled the old issue with Nvidia cards causing freeze on desktop. Causing us to have to hard shutdown and reboot; and this is what I was recently having to do. Anyway my PC's behaviour was odd, because it went from very stable to starting with problems. I scanned with my IS, and scanned with ESET Free Online Scanner, but all was well.

I tried an old graphics driver (downloaded 3rd Dec 2016, driver 376.09) and it's been fine for the days. Three days isn't a miracle but IE11 seems more stable, and at worst I was getting a lock-up about every two days. (I am suspecting the more recent Nvidia drivers being the problem.) The whole PC performance has been feeling more stable overall. That's in just three days since going back to an old Nvidia driver.

P.S. Graphics card Asus Strix GTX 980.
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  1. What I though might fix it, has not done. I had a freeze up yesterday and today.

    However I have noticed that the freezes are slightly different the graphics card causing freezing at desktop, from ages ago. ...Those freezes were a lock up and mouse cursor stayed as it was.

    My current freezes are usually when I have IE11 open, and the mouse turns to the hand symbol. Or sometimes the circle as if IE11 is working. I can still move the mouse sometimes, and the mouse icon hand or circle remains off an internet page.

    Looks like my PC is in trouble. It needs re-installing which I intended to do soon anyway. That might fix the problem. The only explanation I can think of right now though is that a Windows update did it. Or the installation just needs fixing by re-install.
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  2. Could it be the psu is killing things. Any who my ram died twice first time was power supply killed it second time maybe psu then i got a rma on the psu now my pc boots but crashes. Put someone elses ram in there works i swapped black and blue gskill ripjaws for red ripjaws and clocked it the same works like a charm... Now i think the nvidia driver may be the last bit of the problem
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    Could it be the psu is killing things. Any who my ram died twice first time was power supply killed it second time maybe psu then i got a rma on the psu now my pc boots but crashes. Put someone elses ram in there works i swapped black and blue gskill ripjaws for red ripjaws and clocked it the same works like a charm... Now i think the nvidia driver may be the last bit of the problem


    Just by coincidence had my RAM out today. I have four modules, and only put two back in. I will wait a week and see what happens. Then try the other two modules.

    However I also had today tested my PSU with multi-meter. It seems fine.

    Yeah I was inside my PC today checking stuff.
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  4. I have tried both sets of RAMs individually and problem still occurs.

    I do however think I know what the problem is. Just letting you know. About a week ago my PC refused to boot and got stuck at the Asus flash 'enter BIOS' screen. However I could not enter BIOS and I was stuck at that screen. . I hard powered off and then the PC booted. ..However the same thing happened next day. No boot - power off- then boot.

    The third day my PC would not boot at all. I was in panic. However I went round the whole PC and unplugged everything one component at a time. It was the very last component that was left to try, that when removed, the PC booted. One of my hard drives.

    Anyway after simply unplugging the cable and plugging the data cable my PC booted. I plugged it back in, and the PC is booting fine now. That's why I said above that I was inside my PC.

    However computer continues to have this problem where it will lock up and freeze. It could be that I have not gone back far enough in Nvidia drivers. It could be this hard drive or sata cable. Or it could be needing a reinstall. Today I swapped out the sata cable, so will leave it a few days and see if it shows issues again.
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    I think I figured out what was causing me trouble. I might have had too many items on one SATA line from my PSU. I only had four case fans and one HDD, however it was adding that one HDD that did it.

    I remember seeing a power warning when I added that HDD. However I ignored it. It resulted in months of instability. My PC was even stopping at the flash screen and would not boot sometimes.

    Since I have put it on another power line from the PSU, my PC has been perfectly stable again. I added another cable from the modular pack and all is well now. Anyway it's been stable for a good few days and will report later if it remains stable. A few days isn't really enough to judge all is well, but the boot issue appearing fixed. It's a good omen.

    I am very surprised that adding just one HDD on that line was enough to cause issues. However I never added up the power requirements of the four fans, and the HDD. Neither did look how much power there was available on one SATA rail. There are four plugs on the SATA line cable, so I had to add an adapter to include the HDD.
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  6. After declaring my PC fixed I had one more issue.

    My PC was not freezing anymore on desktop or while browsing. Internet Explorer 11 has been infinitely more stable. No more hanging on shutdown. No more hanging on the ASUS flash screen while booting up.

    However after I went into BIOS to change one setting, it hung on the Asus flash screen on boot. I had to do my fix to pull off all HDD connectors leaving just the OS SSD connected. Once booted up, it would boot every time. It was just going into BIOS that brought the issue back and only after being in BIOS.

    Anyway I decided to do a BIOS update. After which it booted fine even after having been back into BIOS to change settings.

    I am sure my PC is 100% fixed now. I love it again.
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