So I have a P4 in a asus mobo and corsair ram a new powersupply and its all just a few months old and its locking up all the time and randomlly restarts. all in different spots and sometimes it will play for hours and never have a issue and others before it boots windows. The harddrive is brand new and windows was just installed yesterday. Any ideas??? And its not likely heat seeing as there is a window fan blowning in the mobo and everything with the case open. thanks...
It may be a problem with your ram if its happening sometimes before windows even starts to load, download and run Memtest86 and see if your ram passes with no errors.
Also, what brand and rating is your power supply?
Edit: nevermind, i didn't see you have all your specs in your sig...
its a 550 ultra PS, as for this memtest alot of people have said that to me but i have never gotta it to work. like the program never works so i give up, can you explain more??
yes but the ram has changed from my sig, 4 stick of 512 cosair
Sounds to me like your power supply is faulty. Do you have a spare you can test with?
steelGruntas for this memtest alot of people have said that to me but i have never gotta it to work. like the program never works so i give up, can you explain more??
Sure. Memtest is a little program that your computer boot into from a bootable floppy or CD.
If you want to make a Memtest bootable floppy download the file called "Pre-Compiled Memtest86 v3.1a installable from Windows and DOS". Unzip the file to wherever. Double click on the "install" icon, it tell you to create a bootable floppy and ask what drive you want to write the files too, enter the drive letter of your flopy drive, it will then write the files and create a Memtest floppy.
If you want to make a bootable CD, download the file called "Memtest86 v3.2 ISO image (zip)" and burn the ISO image to a CD. Depending on your burner program you might have to select "make bootable disc" or something similar.
Then which ever method you chose, put the disc or floppy in, and restart your computer. You will have to set it too boot from the CD or floppy drive first in the BIOS or else it will just load Windows. Once its set, it should boot up into memtest and the scan should start (i think its automatic).
do i need to unzip the iso file before burning?
Yes, you do.
everyone agrees that its a psu or ram??? anything else i should think about, also on the mem test i got the boot cd to read and it says Starting Caldera DR-Dos... then Emm386 copy right and so on, is it waiting in me to type in something or is it working???