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#1 PitchBlackSS

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 04:01 PM

ok, here's the deal, all of a sudden the HD light on the front of the tower will go out and the computer becomes unresponsive. Power supply is still working, fans, lights, video, DVDrom, DVD burner are all powered and open and close normally. If I reset with the power button, all is fine till it crashes again. Usually 20-30 min, sometimes faster, sometimes never

So, I think its the primary HD going out.

Any ideas?

Voltages and temps all look fine. I decided to run Speed Fan to see if I can capture whats going on when it happens, everything looks normal.

Not sure what info you need from the system, here's what I have, let me know if you need more.

OS: Windows XP Pro
MoBo: Asus P5N-E SLI LGA 755
CPU: Intel Core 2 DuoE6400 2.13GHz
Video1: XFX GeForce 7600GS 512mb (dual DVI)
Video2: XFX GeForce 7200GS 512mb (single DVI)
Sound: SB Audigy 5.1
HD1: Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 80gb SATA (system)
HD2: WD Caviar 320gb SATA (storage)
RAM: Wintec AMPO 4x1gb DDR2 PC2 6400
Power Supply: 450W
Drives: Lite-On DVD-ROM, Lite-On DVD-R/RW LightScribe, Samsung 3.5" Floppy
Monitor1: Samsung 2253BW 22" LCD Widescreen (GeForce 7200GS)
Monitor2: Samsung 941BW 19" LCD Widescreen (Geforce 7600GS)
Monitor3: Samsung 941BW 19" LCD Widescreen (GeForce 7600GS)

Edited by PitchBlackSS, 28 February 2009 - 04:03 PM.


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#2 Sterling14

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 06:27 PM

Welcome to bleepingcomputer!

It could be the hard drive, but there are some other things I would check first, just to be safe.

I notice you have two different graphics card in your system. I take it the 7600gs is in a pciex16 slot, while the 7200gs is in a pci slot? Have you always had this set up, or just recently? A 450 watt power supply should be alright for this, but is it a quality power supply, and how many amps are on the +12V rail?

I would also run memtest to see if it's not the ram at fault. http://memtest86.com/ . Let memtest run overnight.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 09:33 PM

the motherboard has dual PCIEx16 slots, the vid cards are in those. Been this way for about 8 months, no issues till 3 days ago.

How do I check the amperage? Guessing a mulitmeter, but where do I check?

Dont think I can run that, locks up too often, but I'll try

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 09:48 PM

The power supply should have a label that says the amperage. We just need to know how many on the +12V rail(s). If you just started having problems then I wouldn't worry too much about it.

The program runs before you're computer boots off your hard drive. I'm pretty sure it doesn't use the hard drive, so if you experience lock-ups while the program is running, it's not your hard drive. If you need help with burning a .iso file to a disc properly, let us know. You'll need specific .iso file burning software such as Nero, but there is some free programs that will burn iso images. Imgburn is one of those free programs that you can download here: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download . Just click on one of the 7 mirrors to download.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 11:31 PM

ok, 21.0A

ok, ran the memtest, it stopped at 22% complete and I had to reset with the power switch, I wrote down the findings before and typed them out.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 12:36 PM

I would take the RAM modules that were in Slots 0 and 3...and move them to Slots 2 and 4, populating Slots 1 and 3 with the modules from Slots 2 & 4.

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Edited by hamluis, 01 March 2009 - 12:36 PM.


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:20 PM

are you thinking somethings wrong with the modules? or the mobo? I was thinking of just pulling the "bad" madules and see what happens. (putting the good ones in the proper spots of course)

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:01 PM

I suggested what I did...because all that we know right now is that there errors in those locations.

The modules could be responsible, the locations could be responsible. We can attempt to find out, which doesn't mean that we will...but we can guess and try some other things.

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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:19 PM

sounds like a plan, I'll give it a shot

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:04 AM

ok, still had issues after that, I took out the memory that has errors and placed the good memory into slot 1 + 3. Been going for about 7 hours now without a crash. ::knocking on wood::

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:38 AM

then ya got a memory problom
but the computer wouldent just turn off after 30 mins because of that would it?

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:31 AM

I had a system with memory problems that would never even boot successfully at times...could not run for more than 2 minutes or so without BSODs.

I lowered the bus speed and the system was happy with those modules.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:33 AM

I used to have 4x1gb in there, can I use 2x1gb and 2x512mb modules in there? Guess I have to make it 1gb (slot 1/3) and 512mb (slot 2/4). I have a set here that I know is good and is the right type.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:38 AM

You are satisfied that slots 0 & 2 are good?

Just curious as to why you put your modules in 1 & 3.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:55 AM

ooops, sorry forgot its 0-3 and not 1-4, good memory is in 0 & 2




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