Hey there folks, this is my first time posting so please let me know if I miss anything first time around!
So I have been going crazy trying to figure out what is going on with my computer. It freezes up, seemingly randomly at times, but very specifically when I run a video game called Blade&Soul (this happens reliably, every time during a specific event, and just generally while the game is running). It freezes randomly over night, as well as while streaming video, playing other games, or occasionally when I'm not doing anything. Sometimes the speakers buzz, sometimes i get this weird squeeking sequence of beeps that go up in pitch, other times no sound at all. generally very confusing.
Unfortunately I am not getting any minidumps to check, as my computer is just freezing up, and has to be hard reset in order to turn it off. Event log from my inspection does not seem relevant other than the "windows did not expect this shutdown" critical error. Have not had any hard drive corruptions or anything like that. No graphical bugs while playing games. I just don't get it.
Rig: Alienware Aurora R3
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
CPU:Intel Core i5-2300 @ 2.8ghz
GPUs: 2x Geforce 545 (sli)
please let me know whatever else relevant information might be needed!
I have taken these steps so far to troubleshoot it myself:
1) Memtest with 0 errors twice overnight.
2) Replaced my video card with a friends video card that works 100% for sure, and tried running each of my video cards individually.
3) Dusted/cleaned inside of my computer, redid thermal paste, which brought temps down while under load to ~58C.
4) Uninstalled and driver sweeped video drivers and did fresh reinstall.
5) Run malwarebytes to check for malicious software.
6) Made sure BIOS was up to date.
7) Run Furmark to max temps on graphics cards
8) Run CPU burn test to max temps via furmark (have yet to try prime95, but would this change anything?)
9) Checked voltages with programs like speccy/hwinfo64 (they seem to be crazy far off, to the point where the computer wouldnt run if it were accurate). The problem I am having is my BIOS doesn't have a way to look at the voltages (thanks alienware). Haven't used a multimeter yet though.
just because of the voltage readouts it makes me suspect that my psu is wonky, but if the actual outputs were this off, would my computer even be able to turn on?
Edited by docholiday07, 12 April 2016 - 03:10 AM.