I am getting random lock-ups of my computer. The display gets stuck and the computer is un-responsive. The lock-ups happen at random regardless of what programs are running. The only way to stop this is to do a hard reboot. Upon reboot the system gives me a "disc read error". This is only temporaly fixed(until the next freeze) by unplugging the computer, waiting 10 seconds, and plugging it back in.
Upon reboot windows tells me I have an issue with my ATI driver that needs to addressed.
I have tried removing ATi's drivers, running driver cleaner, then reinstalling them. I have also disabled virtual memory. I have checked the hard drive status with a S.M.A.R.T. utility, and there are no issues with the drive. To ensure this was not a power issue I checked all the connections and they are connected properly. Nothing on the system is running over 70C under full load.
System: AMD phenom II X4 940 DFI LP DK 790FX (BIOS updated to 2009, 2010 updates only add support for X6 processors) 4gb ddr2 ATI 4850 (running catalyst 10.9) 620watt seasonic PSU.
when you remove the drive have you made sure its cleared from the registered
Upon reboot the system gives me a "disc read error". This is only temporaly fixed(until the next freeze) by unplugging the computer, waiting 10 seconds, and plugging it back in.
If your HD is reporting fine under SMART, that sounds like it might be a motherboard issue.
We just repaired my son's computer that had been experiencing similar issues of random lock up with the same error message you noted. It turned out to be a hard drive issue. Running the old-fashion scan-disk that came with the Windows program (In this case XP) found blocks on the drive that were not being read properly. We were able to correct the issue by downloading a really good repair program that was able to identify and correct the registry issues. Not sure if I'm allowed to tell you what the program is, but if you are interested I'll send you a PM with the link.
I am going to try running windows 7's disc check/repair utility when I reboot.
Oddly I have not been running into issues for the past few days.