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#1 G-X

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 03:23 PM

I'm running Windows XP Home service pack 3. I'm using a gaming PC that I put together myself, which has been working beautifully for over a year.

The other day, when I was watching StarCraft videos on YouTube, my computer died. Like, just turned off with no warning. I turned it back on and it seemed fine... until I started watching YouTube again, and a couple of minutes in, it died again.

This occurred while I was using Gizmo (http://arainia.com/software/gizmo/overview.php?nID=4) to burn ISO's to blank DVDs (the video of my school play, nothing unsavory). I don't think this is related, because the first time it happened, a burn was not in progress. Also, I left the computer on all night, burning DVDs until I fell asleep, and it was working fine when I woke up.

It happened again when I was watching Nostalgia Critic on Blip.tv(http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolink...c/22479-jaws-3d), and again when I was watching Star Trek with VLC media player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/). In both cases, my system seemed to die only about ten or twenty minutes into the video.

I wondered if it could be an overheating problem, so I tried playing Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/550/). I loaded up a single-player game, chose my weapon, and... my computer died the moment I left the starting area.

Then earlier today, I was just reading a Wiki article about Captain Kirk (http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/James_T._Kirk...nate_reality%29), and my computer died.

This is why I'm reluctant to post this in the hardware boards - viewing Firefox is not exactly very taxing on my system.

I'd be glad to provide you with a list of my hardware, if you could remind me how to do that. It's been a while... >_<

Here's hoping this is just a power supply problem.

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Posted 29 May 2010 - 06:13 PM

Hi G-X :thumbsup: to BC,

Ok lets start with the possible overheating issue but first what are your system specs.?

Ok now I need you to go to here: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php and download speedfan and then run it and take a screen shot. :flowers:

How to post a screen shot: http://www.wikihow.com/Post-a-Screenshot-in-the-Forums
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 01:55 PM

Specs:

OS: Windows XP Home (5.1, build 2600)
CPU: Intel Core2 6420 @ 2.14 GHz (2 CPUs)
RAM: 3582 MB
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L
Graphics: GeForce 8800 GTX (driver version 6.14.0011.9062)

Is that all that's necessary? I don't know my PSU specs, and I don't know how to find out (all it says on the thingy itself is "ANTEC"), though I seem to recall it's a 550W or 750W dealy.


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According to SpeedFan, one of my DIMMs is a 512 MB one while the others are 1GB... a while ago, I had two 512MB and two 1GB DIMMs, and I bought two more 1GBs to replace the 512MBs. Apparently I screwed up. Could this be the problem? I mean, obviously it's a problem, but could it be what's causing these issues?

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Posted 01 June 2010 - 08:28 AM

I would reseat all of the dimms and see I that helps. Also while you are in there I would get some commpressed air and blow it out.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 04:46 PM

I did just that, and it seems to have worked. I blew out a LOT of dust, especially from my CPU fan. My SpeedFan now looks like this when idle:

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The GPU's still running hot - I just played a little bit of L4D2 (to see if it would shutoff 5 seconds in [it didn't!]), and when I closed it, SpeedFan said the GPU was at 79C or something like that. I hear the 8800GTX runs a little hot, but should I be concerned about this?

I'll play a lot of games tonight and see if (/how often) my system fails.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 05:39 PM

Looks good and yes the GPU is still a little hot, make sure that you got all of the dust out of the GPU card and make sure the fan is still operating. but other than that it should be ok, if it does not shut down again then you should be good to go.
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