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Computer sporadically stops responding?

  1. whenallelsefa1l

    whenallelsefa1l TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    I would look into third party coolers for my GPU if i had the space for it but the Mobo i bought only has 2 PCIx8 slots and 2 PCIx1 slots.there's only one slot accessible at the moment and thats the second PCIx8.

    Also, i installed a second game, Left For Dead 2, and that runs great at higher settings. it must be the game itself, so i gave up trying to fix it.

    All that put aside, my system is back up and running to the way it should be. The new harddrive fixed everything that was wrong, and I thank you for all the time you've given to help me out =)
  2. whenallelsefa1l

    whenallelsefa1l TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Hey sharam, i dont know if you're still out there or not, but i just recently came across a new issue in my PC.

    I said i got a new harddrive. it makes noise as a harddrive from the 90s did. is this good or bad? The HDD is a 1TB Western Digital Black Caviar. 32mb cache and 7200rpm.

    Also, my computer randomly shut off on me about 5 minutes ago. could this be from a hot room, or could it be caused by something else?

    Also, here is a CPU-Z reading.

    Attached Files:

  3. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 538

    Let's get that +12V reading with a Volt Meter and another program before we go any further.
    I don't have a program in mind but check on-line, PCWizard is another program by CPUID, I rather use a program from a different developer.

    ASUS has a monitoring tool as well for their motherboards.

    Two different setups and your +12V is reading low?! Let's see if this is true or not.

    Don't worry about the +3.3V and the +5.0V just check the yellow wire from a 4 pin large Molex as well as the 24pin ATX connector.

    I am around but have increased calls since the Schools started.
  4. whenallelsefa1l

    whenallelsefa1l TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    havent had time to check yet, but i keep getting blue screens and my computer has done the turn off on its own thingagain. It seems my CPU fan has come loose.

    I was able to get 2 of the pegs that came loose, but the fourth REFUSES to snap in, and when i finally get it, the one opposite it comes out.

    How the heck am i supposed to fix this?
  5. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 538

    I think I did ask you to install the CPU HSF and RAM with the board out of the case.

    This is not the first HS by Intel that has people jumping up and down.

    Before you brake any of the legs, you should take it out, ready the HS legs and start over, you need to insert all legs and do an X while holding/ pushing down on the HS, hope you don'rt crack your board, I've seen minor cracks that show after months, see if you can support the board right under the HS when installing it.
  6. whenallelsefa1l

    whenallelsefa1l TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    I did install it out of the box, but i removed my PSU to access my fan, and then took the fan out, fixed a bent plastic peg with some plyers, and it fit like a charm. As of since i've been up 27 hours straight and just got home from work. i cant type right let along think right. but lets hope the blue screens and turnoffs cease.

    I dont use the Intel HSF though, i used a thermaltake fan thats enourmous hahah. anywho, if any problems persist, i'll be back with a multimeter reading, and not without one.
  7. whenallelsefa1l

    whenallelsefa1l TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Okay so i've woken up and went on my computer. I gota blue screen as soon as i opened Call of Duty MW2. What in the hell is causing my computer to crash like this? I cannot figure it out. I looked it up and it says it could be anything from registry entries to inconsistencies in my computer hardware. How do i figure out which is causing the blue screen?
  8. whenallelsefa1l

    whenallelsefa1l TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Sharam, I hope you are still able to respond to me.

    I figured out how to use the multimeter after a lengthy google.

    My 12v reads as 12.06v from both the 24pin and molex connectors
    My 5v reads 5.05v from the 24pin and 5.04v from the molex.
    My 3.3v reads 3.36v from both the 24pin and the molex connectors

    My RAM, according to Windows Memory Diagnostics is bad. And i have sent for an RMA, however they like to take a good long time in responding to my support tickets.

    The reason my computer kept shutting off was because my HSF for the CPU came loose, and i'm thinking that may have something to do with why my RAM went bad, but who knows really, it could have been anything. could have been bad from the factory for all I know.

    Once this RAM is replaced (i have a lifetime warranty) I'm hoping that allll of my troubles will be over.

    At least we know the problem(s) did not originate from the PSU.


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