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Pethegreat VIP Member

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#1 8 years ago

I recently did a fresh installation of windows 7, and I have been running into some problems.

1. Every game I play(both 2D and 3D) freezes up within 5 minutes. Each time I needed to do a hard restart.

2. Occasionally when I boot up my computer I get a message that the hard drive cannot be found. This is solved by shutting off the power supply and rebooting the computer.

I did pull that bad stick I posted about 2 weeks ago. Memtest86 says the other 2 sticks(which are about 2 years old) are fine(no errors)

The hard drive has SMART capability. I checked the stats on it, and it is fine.

The video card drivers are up to date, and the idle temperature is in the mid 30's so I doubt I have an overheating problem.

So any recommendations?




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#2 8 years ago

Double check your SATA connections. Make sure you didn't slightly dislodge a cable or something. That happened with me last week when I went to clean my RAM heatsinks.

Also, download HWMonitor and keep it open while you game - post whatever your load temps for your CPU and GPU are.




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#3 8 years ago

Could be a driver or overheating problem. Check video card, audio and chipset drivers. Overheating may also affect components other than graphics card or CPU, if the HDD or northbridge gets very hot that may cause trouble. Easiest way to find out is to open the case and look if the increased ventilation changes the time before games freeze.




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#4 8 years ago

First inclination is memory (apparently not at issue here) and motherboard. I have a very similar issue to your first currently, and it's due to my video core not receiving sufficient voltage. I get severe artefacting and hard lockup within three seconds of loading a 3D game. With that in mind, you might benefit from checking the rails on your PSU with a multimeter to verify that nothing is severely out of the ordinary. Obviously, you'll have trouble testing under load if you're crashing, but you might glean something from it.

Or you could fall back to that good ol' standby: start swapping parts one at a time until the problem goes away ;)




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#5 8 years ago
Pethegreat;5399312I recently did a fresh installation of windows 7, and I have been running into some problems. 1. Every game I play(both 2D and 3D) freezes up within 5 minutes. Each time I needed to do a hard restart. 2. Occasionally when I boot up my computer I get a message that the hard drive cannot be found. This is solved by shutting off the power supply and rebooting the computer. I did pull that bad stick I posted about 2 weeks ago. Memtest86 says the other 2 sticks(which are about 2 years old) are fine(no errors) The hard drive has SMART capability. I checked the stats on it, and it is fine. The video card drivers are up to date, and the idle temperature is in the mid 30's so I doubt I have an overheating problem. So any recommendations?

I am inclined to say, after been dicking around with the RAM sticks, either buy new RAM, but then clean the contacts and check for crap in the sockets. Use some paper folded to the correct thickness, with isopropyl, to rub but not get stuck,paper type matters, then let dry and blow out, and use like a card to clean socket contacts.




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#6 8 years ago

He has run Memtest. I doubt it would run error free if the contacts needed cleaning. Plus there is that hard drive issue.

C38368;5399760 ...not receiving sufficient voltage.

Good post.

It sounds like the power supply is failing. What brand, wattage, and how old is it? Power supplies do loose their ability to put out power over time.

What do you have parts do you have installed on this Windows 7 system?

If your system doesn't have enough power left over to start the hard drive, or it starts too slowly, then that may cause intermittent drive failures, and it could possibly short out the drive. I wouldn't worry using a meter, just go ahead and upgrade your PSU. If your still having problems, then start swapping out components.

As C38368 taught me, the power supply is the most critical component of your system.




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#7 8 years ago

I have an Antec EA430 power supply. As the name states is is rated at 430 watts(which may be a tad low for my PC's needs), and I got it 3 years ago.

My system: DFI LPDK series motherboard AMD Phenom II x4 (first generation of PII's) 3.0Ghz 4gb DDR2 corsair ram Sapphire Hd4850 512mb. 320gb western digital hard drive

I went to a PSU wattage calculator and it says I should be able to run all of this with a 390watt psu. I played around with the capacitor aging setting. %10 aging - 430 watts %20 aging - 461 watts %25 aging - 478 watts

The site said %10 aging for 1+ years of use is common. %20-30 is common for 1+ year of use 24/7. I did run the computer 24/7 for about 18 months when I lived in university housing(free electricity)

My friend has a spare 450 watt unit I am going to try. I plan on keeping the computer for another 2 years. Recommendations for a good 450 watt PSU? I would prefer and 80+ rating.




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#8 8 years ago
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#9 8 years ago

That looks like a good one, though you might want to spend the extra $20 and get one of these: Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

That would give you a lot more room to work with if you decide you want to upgrade your system later on.




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#10 8 years ago