Posted 04 October 2010 - 04:02 PM
I built this computer about a year ago and it has never really worked right and have finally gotten tired of it. Here's the symptoms:
It powers on, fans turn on, keyboard lights...... and then shuts off before doing anything. Stops for 4 seconds. Repeat. 4 seconds. Repeat. Do this for 3-4 times and then it boots. Everything is okay for a while.
Sometimes I'll be doing something..... usually with audio (now, before you say SOUNDCARD, I do a lot of audio work so it's USUALLY with audio) but sometimes with games or something that has no sound at all. If sound is playing, it'll freeze the audio followed by the screen turning black (usually... sometimes it does not). 1 out of 10 times it'll reboot itself after a couple of seconds but usually I have to turn it off and then back on. Another thing..... there was one or two times that I left the computer on overnight where it froze.
Something stupid I did when i first built it:
When I first built this computer, I installed the paired memory in the wrong slots aka put one stick in slot 1a put one stick in slot 2a. I ran it like that for a while before realizing I've done something dumb.
I put a LOT of fans in this because I planned on overclocking the video card and the processor but have never gotten the chance. I checked the voltage in the BIOS, turned the front fan on all the way and got 12.36v which to me seems okay.
The hard drive was brand new and I don't see any issues with it. I've run tests on it with no result.
I also ran some processor benchmark tests and didn't have any issues. I have no idea what the problem is and its been driving me nuts. Please please please help. My friend told me it could be my install of XP but it doesn't explain the weird stuff that happens at boot which I think is related to the weird freezing issue. Thanks in advance.