crashing when any game is played

By puppychu
Oct 21, 2005
  1. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Oh dear.

    Looks like you`re going to be needing a new mobo then.

    I`m sorry to hear that.

    If you can get the exact same mobo, it will make transfering the rest of your hardware, and particularly your hard drive much easier.

    Is your mobo still under warranty?

    Regards Howard :cool:
  2. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    howard_hopkinso please stay on this thread, need your help.

    MemTest86 results are inconclusive if the system won't stay up long enough. Am I'm right howard_hopkinso?

    I'm thinking you need a BIOS update and easier then that a mobo chipset update. Download a program called CPU-Z-130, it will read all the specs of your machine. Run the program, click on the "About" tab, at the buttom click Registers Dump. Rename that file MYCPUZ.TXT and post it here. That way we can direct you to the manufactures web site for BIOS and chipset updates.

    PS. About the Vcore, was there no user area to increase Vcore by percentage? Some BIOS won't let you directly increase Vcore but will let you add a % increase. Would be in the range of 3.3%, 5% and even 9%. I you find it try 3.3% to start.

    Edit: OK, my above post is a little out of date, I seemed to have missed this latest info, sorry.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes you are correct.

    However, it seems that puppychu`s main problem is the mobo.

    Swollen/bulging capacitors are not a good sign.

    Edit. Sorry I didn`t see your edit lol

    Regards Howard :)
  4. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    I know my bad. Got the post in my email and didn't see there were further emails, so the link drills me into a previous thread/post and suddenly I'm out of touch with reality (not hard to do! :blush: )

    Would it still be a good idea for puppychu to run CPU-Z to determine the exact mobo make and model?

    I knew something was sorely amiss when Prime95 won't run for 1 minute.
    Sorry to hear this puppychu, mobo change is not fun, but is "doable" with care. Most important thing is not to damge your CPU. Or you might take the mobo in to a local computer shop and have them do the CPU/Heatsink fan install for you, the rest is pretty easy from there.
  5. puppychu

    puppychu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    :D its ok its not completely a nightmare for me, i built the machine in the first place, and i was looking to upgrade to a faster chip too so i guess a new mobo isn't too bad, thnx again for the help guys, i 've learnt tons:D

    can i ask one thing though.....i have 512ddr ram and if i bought another piece of the same size, is that as good as have one piece thats 1GB?
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    In a lot of ways it`s better. If your new mobo supports dual channel ram then two sticks in dual channel mode will give you better performance.

    Make sure that both sticks of ram are the same make, and specs, and are compatible with your new mobo.

    Also if you`re planning on getting a completely different mobo. I`d advise you to backup any important data you have, and do a complete reformat, and reinstall of your OS.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. puppychu

    puppychu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    okies...will do :angel:
  8. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Puppychu, good luck with that new build, it can be fun. Post back here with your new rig specs. :stickout:

  9. puppychu

    puppychu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    ok i have one more question:D what is the difference between socket939 and a socket 754 on the AMD motherboards, and how can i tell what the fastest chip it will take will be?
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    The socket 754 mobo`s are fast becoming obsolete.

    A socket 939 mobo is more future proof.

    Go with a socket 939 mobo. Once you`ve chosen your mobo, check with the manufacturers website for what cpu it will support.

    Regards Howard :) :)
  11. puppychu

    puppychu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    k thanx :D, hopefully gonna get it today :D
  12. puppychu

    puppychu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

  13. kirock

    kirock TS Rookie Posts: 1,221

    Here's a link:,,30_182_869_4348^7923~63674,00.html

    to compatible mobo for your XP 2400+ puke: (sorry but if you're going to go to the trouble of upgrading (replacing) your mobo, you really might as well bite the bullet and upgrade your CPU too.
    Previous post about socket 939 by Howard was correct , that is the wave of the future, but you're not on it with that 3 yr old XP 2400! There's noway you can consider a 939 mobo because your 2400+ won't fit that.

    Edit: Hmm, link won't post as link. Good manuf of mobo are ASUS, ABIT, Gigabyte, MSI, DFI (Lanparty)

  14. puppychu

    puppychu TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    thnx :D i was kinda thinking that... but finances are crap right now, so i'm gonna sit tight till i can afford the chip and put up with the crashing for now :( ..but at least i know which ones i want :D many thnx
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