Black screen, a pause, then Freeze up

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seligman

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This computer has a random reboot problem about 2 or 3x a month. Most recently, the monitor went black for 1-2 seconds, then Windows reappeared and everything was frozen. Other times it's random reboots without a BSOD.

Could be a PSU issue but I'm also experiencing regular Firefox crashes. A post on the Mozilla forums suggests my RAM might be defective. I just bought this RAM in the last 12-14 months.

G.Skill 4GB PC2-6400
F2-6400CL5-2GBPQ (paired)

Any ideas?
 
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Did you run memtest? You can also run Windows Memory Diag if you have Windows 7? That will let you determine if you're looking at a memory problem, though with memory problems, they seem to occur more than 1-3 times a month. You'd be seeing things 1-3 times+ every time you try to use it if you have bad memory.

First thing I thought when I read your post was power supply. But try the memory checks and let us know.
Did you run memtest? You can also run Windows Memory Diag if you have Windows 7? That will let you determine if you're looking at a memory problem, though with memory problems, they seem to occur more than 1-3 times a month. You'd be seeing things 1-3 times+ every time you try to use it if you have bad memory.

First thing I thought when I read your post was power supply. But try the memory checks and let us know.
 
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