Ok, so I've now narrowed it down to either an overheating problem or a power problem. I disconnected the DVD drive, and it did the same thing (start, stop, start, stop etc.). After about 45 mins of gaming (Guild Wars) and really working the game itself (zooming in/out & spinning the camera where there's a lot of NPC's on the screen to make the VGA card work) the computer resets itself and when it's "verifying dmi (vmi?) pool data", it gives me an error as follows; "Disk read error. Please restart". So I restart the machine and it does something awfully funny. It acted as if the power was controlled by a light switch that was being flicked on and off really fast...meaning it would start (lights on, fans on everything on) for less than a second then everything would power back off....then on then off then on then off etc. etc. I cut the power by flipping the switch on the power supply and waited a few minutes. I then tried to power on the comp only to get the same results (on, off, on, off etc.) So, I get so mad that I had to walk away from the stupid computer. I come back a few minutes later and pull off the side of the case and start looking at things (I mean really looking, like I actually knew what I was looking for when I had no clue). When I pulled the side off, I unplugged the fan that's on the side of the case and set the whole thing off to the side so that the side of the case is wide open. Everything seems fine; No bulged capacitors, no burned up anything, no smoke or funny smell, nothing. I turned the computer back on and it seemed to work fine. I ran all sorts of programs (adaware, virus scan, spybot s&d, ewido, CWS shredder) and got nothing. So I start into a game to see if I can make it do something again. Nope, no luck. I played for about 2 hours, then had my son take over and play for about another 2 hours after that. No lag at all. No nothing whatsoever. Not even a hiccup. Not even a thought about a crash, lock up or lag.
So, is it a power issue or a heating issue? I haven't had any problems with heat in the past, nor have I had problems with power in the past. I unplugged an extra 40gb hd that I had installed but never used, unplugged the DVDRW and it still lagged. When I unplugged the side fan and removed the side of the case, it stopped lagging. So, was it the relieve to the power supply from unplugging the fan that stopped the lag or was it having the side of the case off for open cooling that stopped the lag? How can I tell if I'm overtaxing my PSU? How do I tell if it's an overheating issue? I'll post my specs below (again) to help you out with helping me.
Sorry if it's to much information, I'm just trying to keep from having to have everyone ask a million questions like what where you doing when it froze, did you unplug the fan etc. Thanks in advance and sorry for being such a pain in the rear end
400W psu with 2 fans
120mm LED lighted fan on rear (exhaust)
80mm LED lighted fan on side (exhaust)
NO INTAKE FANS (put that there just incase I should really have one)
2gb DDR400 pc3200 ram (2 sticks each of 1 gb)
celeron 2.93 ghz 533fsb
200gb western digital hd
160gb external hd (usb)
printer, scanner, headset w/mic (all usb)
radeon 9500 pro w/artic cooler (pci slot thrid party cooler) running AGP 8x
DVDRW (not plugged in right now)
EDIT: Tomorrow I will (should) be getting a nVidia 6800gs and will install that...just wanted to throw that in there incase it's a power issue.
I know that's overboard for specs, but if it's a power issue, I figured you'd want to know exactly what might be tapping the PSU for power.
HELP ME BEFORE I GO INSANE!!!!!!
Edited by stevealmighty, 26 February 2006 - 09:40 PM.